Industry leaders meet to sharpen their focus for 2024


The latest meeting of FIDIC’s Global Leadership Forum took place this week with a key focus on its 2024 programme of work.

Around 60 global leaders from the engineering, construction, infrastructure, finance, technology and economic sectors met this week on 22 November 2023 at the latest meeting of FIDIC’s Global Leadership Forum (GLF), the body which brings together industry leaders from across the globe to focus on the key issues facing society and the wider infrastructure sector.

The latest meeting of the GLF saw industry leaders discuss the organisation’s 2024 plan of activity, which includes a series of think tanks around the key issues of artificial intelligence (AI), a carbon disclosure initiative and market benchmarking research. Following a presentation from EY, members of the GLF were particularly keen to discuss the issue of AI and its application in the industry as well as how the technology could be shaped and moderated through the expert input of engineers and consultancy firms.

Attendees at the online meeting also offered their thoughts on how best to shape the GLF 2024 programme so that it helps members and their organisations and facilitates greater involvement from industry leaders. They also gave feedback on the thought leadership and think tank activity and made suggestions for other key issues not already covered in the GLF’s 2024 plans.

A common theme of the discussions was the need to ensure that regional and country-specific differences were recognised as not all areas of the world were at the same points in terms of the maturity of the construction and infrastructure sector – especially around sustainability and regulatory issues – and this needed to be taken into account as the GLF developed its forward programme of work.

The forum also heard a progress report on the GLF’s work to date as well as discussing the preparations for the second Global Leadership Forum Summit, which will take place in Geneva in the spring next year on 25-26 April 2024. That summit, an invitation-only event for 100 of the world’s most senior leaders in the infrastructure sector, will provide a forum for global leaders to connect with peers from around the world to share knowledge and to discuss solutions to major issues facing them, their leadership teams and organisations.

Delegates attending the summit will include CEOs and c-suite executives from the global infrastructure community, including those working in government, finance, consulting engineering, construction, professional services, supply chain, academia, trade associations and asset owners. Invited guests from other industries will also attend to bring different perspectives and to challenge infrastructure sector conventions.

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