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Almost one billion people around the world don't have safe access to critical resources like health care, education, or employment due to an impassable river. Tackling this challenge through last mile infrastructure investments, Bridges to Prosperity has positively impacted the lives of over one million people in 22 countries. President and CEO Avery Bang shared her story at the Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit.

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The global real estate market is changing. Standardization, prefabrication, and smart technology are gaining traction as rising populations confront the need for affordable housing and livable, sustainable cities. Senior partner Subbu Narayanswamy discussed these evolutions and more at GII 2017 with leaders from Barcelona Housing Systems, Arup, and the Centre for Liveable Cities.

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When it comes to infrastructure and capital projects, managing risks and incentives correctly can be a major enabler for opening up new funding streams and creating bankable project pipelines. McKinsey senior partner Roberto Fantoni sat down with leaders from Macquarie, Arup, HSBC Singapore, and MTR Corporation at GII 2017 to discuss the challenges at stake and the opportunities to overcome them.

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Construction projects have traditionally been founded on risk, not collaboration—a root cause of the sector’s low productivity. At the 2017 GII Summit, McKinsey partner Michael Della Rocca joined leaders from Atkins, Bentley Systems, and King Abdullah Economic City to discuss how relational contracting and shared incentives can create better outcomes for infrastructure and capital projects.

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Once at the forefront of innovation, construction now lags behind in the adoption of new technologies. But the industry is at a tipping point. We spoke with executives from Atkins, Siemens, and RIB Software at GII 2017 about how they’re embracing the disruptive potential of digitization.

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How can airports incorporate design and customer experience strategies to craft positive end-user journeys? Executives from McKinsey, JFK International, Orlando International Airport, and CCR USA weigh in on how airports can center customer experience.

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Shanghai-based WinSun is pioneering 3-D printing as a construction process. With as few as three employees overseeing the process, commercially viable houses are being built in under one week, using materials from construction and industrial waste. Chairman and CEO Ma Yihe explores how large-scale 3-D printing could transform the industry with respect to design, cost, and time.

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McKinsey research explores the underlying reasons for the construction industry’s productivity challenges, identifying the root causes and seven actions that could create a step-change in construction productivity. With $1.6 trillion at stake, where do we start?

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City infrastructure projects are extraordinarily complex—but they can also be an avenue for new economic growth and digital disruption. GII spoke with the mayors of Bristol, Seattle, and Syracuse about how new approaches to financing, big data, and technology are making their cities more accessible and efficient. From predictive analytics for water mains to integrated spatial plans for housing and transportation, here’s how cities are exploring newfound potential.

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Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, funding pressures and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. McKinsey leaders joined executives from some of North America’s busiest and largest airports to discuss major issues facing the sector today.

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Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, funding pressures and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. McKinsey leaders joined executives from some of North America’s busiest and largest airports to discuss major issues facing the sector today.

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California needs policies that cultivate long-term economic growth and offset decades of unsustainable, economically inefficient urban sprawl. In this session, policymakers and thought leaders discuss what can be done to meet the need for higher-density, lower-cost housing near job centers.

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram, McKinsey & Company

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Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) has convened industry leaders to identify ways to improve the delivery of new projects and get more out of existing assets. GII’s Innovation Site Visits expose a select group of global leaders to some of the most exciting advances in infrastructure from around the world. Here’s how it works.

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Trevor Fowler, City Manager of Johannesburg; Uwe Krueger, CEO of Atkins; Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

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Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Parag Khanna, Hybrid Reality Institute

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McKinsey's Jonathan Woetzel talks about how cities are engines of productivity by enhancing the number and frequency of interactions.

Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, talks about planning for future sustainability.

Michael Berkowitz, 100 Resilient Cities

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Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate, talks about the influence of technology and infrastructure innovations for the cities of the future.

Jay Walder, Motivate

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Every weekday, roughly 560,000 people - nearly the population of Portland, OR - travel between the East Bay and San Francisco making the trans-bay crossing the Bay Area's most important transportation link by connecting millions of people to their jobs and lives on either side of the bay.

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Senior executives from Bechtel and AECOM discuss their companies' adoption of disruptive technologies.

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Three experts give their views on attracting private capital to public infrastructure efforts.

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James Crawford, Chief Executive Officer, Orbital Insight

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William Ruh, Chief Executive Officer, GE Digital & Chief Digital Officer, GE

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Michael Linse, Partner, Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers

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Jaana Remes, MGI Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Ron Ritter, Expert Principal, McKinsey & Company

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Each year, the world spends $9 trillion dollars on infrastructure. Unfortunately, up to 40% is misspent due to bottlenecks, limited innovation, and market failures. The 2015 McKinsey & Company Global Infrastructure Initiative will convene the world’s most senior leaders in infrastructure from across the value chain for a focused discussion that explores how innovation and technology can disrupt and improve infrastructure delivery.

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Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe address how increasing infrastructure productivity can help save $1 trillion globally.

Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe, McKinsey & Company

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Carl-Stefan Neumann presents how big data and digitization can help improve a city’s infrastructure.

Carl-Stefan Neumann, McKinsey & Company

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MIT’s Carlo Ratti discusses how technology can enable cities to understand how people use infrastructures, to better meet the transportation needs of their citizens.

Carlo Ratti, MIT

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What makes a great city? Jonathan Woetzel explains that when it comes to cities, greatness is a pursuit, a pursuit of a better versions of themselves.

Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram

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Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, partner at the Abraaj Group, presents at 2014's Global Infrastructure Initiative.

Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, Partner at the Abraaj Group

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What challenges will a world with 9 billion people face?

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Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Eduardo Paes, presents at 2014's Global Infrastructure Initiative.

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