ALAN LANDRY AND DANA dr. VIERU YORK
INTERVIEW TO MAX STUDENNIKOFF – CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER C C FORUM
by LUIGI MATTERA - ROYAL MONACO
1/How did the CC Forum project originate?
The concept of an investment forum that would get together global movers and shakers and would enable them to brainstorm on the existential issues mankind is facing today, was born a few years ago. It originated over the course of my participating in a number of conferences around the world as a keynote speaker and a panelist. At some point in time I realised: here is the need to create a new brand with a focus on sustainability. I believe that nothing is more important today than a whole range of pressing, existential problems we are all facing: climate change (btw, CC stands for Climate Change), fighting poverty, government strategies, renewable energies, waste management, healthcare, education, social inclusion and philanthropy.
Over the last few years I have been motivated at a personal level, too, by my very offspring: I am getting increasingly embarrassed to hear the sort of questions asked by my 11y.o. twins: "Daddy, how come that last year we were in Davos we could go for skiing, and this year we cannot do so because there is not enough snow?" or "Daddy, how are we going feed all the population in Africa in 10 years' time?" I do not have the answer to these questions. That is why I am readressing them to the powerful.
In practical terms CC Forum has been conceived as a place where the brightest sustainability related startup could showcase their projects and connect to major investors. In other words, CC Forum is first and foremost a club of impact investors. At no point in recent history of mankind did sustainability issues come to the fore so acutely. Paradoxically, the Covid19 crisis has provided the right framework and highlighted the interconnectedness and the interdependence of Man and Nature.
2/. What is the reasoning behind HSH Prince Albert's involvement in the Monegasque edition of CC Forum?
His Serene Highness has been a globally recognised figurehead in environmental campaigning. He has launched a number sustainability initiatives which include establishing a foundation of his own names that supports a variety of projects dedicated to fighting climate change, preserving the ocean and innovation. He both organised and participated in many fundraising events. So, it has not been by chance that our request for Him to become Patron of the upcoming 4th edition of CC Forum "Investment in Sustainable Development" has been met by HSH with enthusiasm. The Sovereign Prince has not only agreed to lend his name to the Monegasque edition of CC Forum, but also to inaugurate the conference and take part in the key Mainstage panel discussion "Rethinking the World's Paradigm: What Are the Ways of Averting the Disaster?"
I had the honour of receiving an audience by HSH at the Palace of Monaco around a month ago. I could not help expressing my admiration for what his achievements and simply told him: "You Serene Highness, you are an inspiration!" I also shared with Him my sincerely amazement at how drastically Monaco has changed for the better over the past ten to twenty years thanks to the innovative and wise approach that He has adopted for the Principality. HSH was pleased to hear that.
Their Royal Hignesses Fadila of Egypt and Camilla Borbone of Two Sicily
The idea behind holding one of the annual editions of CC Forum in Monaco is further establishing the Principality as a key global player in working out efficient and long-term solutions to the huge problems our planet and we as a species are confronting today.
Queen Diambé Kabatusuita and Queen Fadila of Egypt
3/. What about the programme of the event?
The event had been scheduled for 24th-25th of September back to back with the Planetary Health Gala on 24th.
We had a Drinks Receptions on the eve, the 23d as a warm up session.
The conference itself kicked off on Thursday 24th September with the Sovereign Prince scheduled to deliver a welcoming keynote in the morning. There was a panel discussions, keynotes, debates, fireside chats and even a dedicated pitching session in the style of shark tank.
4/.What about the great Placido Domingo as a guest of honour?
Yes! the legendary Maestro HAS been the guest of honour. His involvement in the CC Forum Monaco's gala is not just attending as on onlooker. The legendary Maestro kindly agreed TO PERFORM at the Gala. Placido Domingo is a rare example of longevity in the arts and remains on top form. CC Forum's Gala enabled him to showcase the best of his repertoire both as a tenor and a baritone with the chamber orchestra consisting of the members of the Monaco Philharmonic and in cooperation with a wonderful Belgian soprano Isabelle Cabatu.
The 25th on day II of the conference with the brainstorming continuing at workshops and round tables.
Mrs Dana Dr. Vieru York
The main event of Friday 25th September, however, was the black-tie Investors' Gala Dinner & Awards Giving Ceremony with HSH who attend the first part of the Gala and the highly versatile Gala that even included ceremonially unveiling a green Hypercar worth 2,3M by an iconic luxury car maker.
The event also was petering off with a few private yacht after parties.
Mrs.Simone Denis-Manage Poseidone Beach Resort
The important part of the black-tie Gala is our Awards Giving Ceremony. I am pleased to confirm that Maestro Placido Domingo is one of the recipients of our prestigious Awards. His nomination is unique and is titled "In Recognition of Lifelong Achievements in Helping the Victims of Natural Disasters".
The other public figure is a well known environmental campaigner Stanley Johnson, father of the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson
5/. What goals does CC Forum seek to achieve?
As mentioned, the main objective of the event is convening the world's thought leaders and providing a global platform for working out consistent long term strategies to resove sustainability issues. The previous editions of CC Forum have been attended by high net worth impact investors, policy makers, members of royal families and international celebrities.
The actress Martha GONZALES
Our London edition last October received a royal greeting by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Hopefully, the Monegasque edition will be no exception in that it will garner a stellar line-up even under the circumstances.
6/. After the big success in Monaco, do you think of putting on CC Forum in the Principality in the years to come?
Mrs.Simone Denis & Victoria Silvstedt
Absolutely. Provided the event lives up to everybody's expectations, we are keen to hold CC Forum Monaco annually thus further enhancing the reputation of the Principality as a global sustainability think tank and decision making platform. We are counting very much in this regard on the continued support of HSH Prince Albert II Grimaldi of Monaco.
Alan Landry (The voice of Monaco) and Mrs. Simone Denis
By Luigi Mattera – Founder & Director Royal Monaco magazine