Maryam Forum: From rulership to leadership

Read more about the Maryam Annual Forum here.

 

Join Us for the Maryam Annual Forum!

"One Year On: Lessons Learnt and ‘New Normals’ in a Post-COVID World"

The first Maryam Annual Forum is scheduled for 8-10 December 2020. The Annual Forum will build upon the discussions and findings of each of the six Co-Labs with a view to highlighting, in particular, policy-relevant research findings and policy recommendations. During the Annual Forum, the work and results of each of the Co-Labs will be presented, discussed and challenged.

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Contact email: iga.Maryam.Forum@lse.ac.uk

Maryam Annual Forum sessions

Tuesday 8 December, 14:15-15:00

What Do Leaders Need to Change NOW? Maryam Forum Student Leaders Session 

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Tuesday 8 December, 15:00-16:00

New Rules for Finance & Global Financial Architecture?

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Democracy and Disinformation

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Wednesday 9 December, 15:45-16:45

High Level Policy Panel: A new policy paradigm for the post-COVID world

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Wednesday 9 December, 14:10-15:45

How to Lead a Better Response to Global Emergencies? 

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Human Mobility: Towards Enhanced Integration and Social Cohesion 

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Thursday 10 December, 14:30-15:30

Innovation and Inclusive Growth: How to Transform Global Linkages and Industrial Policy for a New Era

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Charting a New Path on Climate Change, Oceans and Financial Risks

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About the Maryam Forum

The problem we’re trying to solve

The world faces multiple, urgent and complex challenges on an unprecedented scale. From climate change and oceans to global growth, financial architecture, human mobility and disinformation, courageous leadership is needed to navigate our future. Yet, many parts of the world are characterised by conflicting national interests, a lack of accountability and corruption. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, reminded us of the crucial role of leadership, and made clear the gap in transparent, inclusive and accountable leadership.

Transformative leadership must be grounded in evidence and exercised by leaders from and representing the full breadth of our global communities. For it to emerge, we need stronger links between research and policy, alongside an ecosystem that encourages meritocracy, accountability and inclusion.

From rulership to leadership

Maryam Forum is a multi-year programme aimed at accelerating the kind of leadership the world needs urgently. A product of the LSE Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and the School of Public Policy (SPP), it has been conceived as a collaboration between policy makers, students, academic researchers, business leaders and media. Driven by deep engagement with faculty and students, the Maryam Forum builds on LSE and IGA’s strong track record in research, policy engagement and capacity building. To create this ecosystem, it will chart a new and ambitious trajectory through action-oriented public policy research, a fellowship programme, an online platform for knowledge sharing, executive leadership courses, private working group events and an annual global event. It will facilitate peer-to-peer learning among its partners and comparative analysis across emerging and advanced economies. Year round working groups will help bring research from LSE and its partner universities into focus, creating opportunities for the Forum’s broader network of business leaders to engage deeply and for researchers to tap into their expertise.

Maryam Forum also presents an unrivalled opportunity for students to meet and work alongside global leaders and influential professionals, developing valuable connections for the future. To help build the leaders of tomorrow, students from LSE’s School of Public Policy are central to supporting every part of the Forum’s activities. The experience will inspire, motivate, and support development of real world understanding in their fields of interest. At the same time, it will promote the importance of engaging with the full breadth of global communities in the development of policy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged humanity like no other shock in recent memory. Every country and every individual in our deeply interconnected world have felt the impacts, with its twin health and economic crises creating widespread social disruption and unprecedented uncertainty. Even before COVID-19, it was clear many of the challenges we face today demand system change that cannot be achieved by self-interested rulers. It is urgent that we overcome this leadership gap.

Maryam Forum in 2020

Introduced on the global stage in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2020, Maryam Forum is a collaboration between policy makers, academics, business leaders students and the media that engages the LSE across departments and disciplines. 

The virtual “London Launch” of the Maryam Forum took place on Thursday 2nd July 2020, between 13:00 - 20:00 BST, titled From Rulership to Leadership: What Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Watch recordings from each session of the Maryam Forum launch here.

Since March 2020, IGA and SPP have been examining the pandemic and its policy implications via a dedicated webinar series. These events draw key lessons for leadership on global challenges, from multiple disciplinary perspectives and across emerging and advanced economies. 

From climate change, health crises and other global emergencies, to industrial policy, populism and migration, our year-round working groups have tackled the most urgent challenges of our time - providing opportunities to exchange expertise and shape solutions, and unlocking the potential for inclusive and sustainable leadership across all regions of the world.

See IGA events in 2020 here.

We are preparing for the first Maryam Annual Forum that will take place on 8th, 9th and 10th December 2020. Our Co-Labs will present their key findings and policy recommendations, which we collectively will distil into an open letter – our “Call to Action” – addressed to world leaders. This will not be your usual conference – we all will roll up our sleeves to work, challenge ourselves, and come up with the best possible research-informed policy recommendations. 

Maryam Forum Co-Labs

Key to delivering on the Maryam Forum’s ambition is a series of ‘Maryam Co-Labs’ that were launched in September. These year-round working groups will develop and seek to implement innovative research-based policy solutions to support the transition from rulership to leadership on six global challenges critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To foster a better leadership ecosystem, the Co-Labs will each comprise a coalition of representatives of the Forum’s different partner groups and will operate in a meritocratic, inclusive, and accountable fashion.  

The six Co-Labs

1. Global emergencies and responses

2. Rethinking global finance and the global financial infrastructure

3. Innovation and inclusive growth

4. Climate and the oceans

5. Populism and sustainable governance

6. Human mobility

See more information on the Co-Labs

News

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Maryam Forum Davos Launch:

From rulership to leadership: who will lead the transformation?

Monday 20 January | Davos, Switzerland

Hosted by Professor Erik Berglof, and moderated by Stephen Dunbar-Johnson of the New York Times, our panel brought together voices from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Kishore Mahbubani, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and Khalid Abdulla-Janahi each shared their critical reflections on the urgent need for just, accountable, and transformative leadership across all regions of the world, to effectively address pressing global challenges. We hope you found the conversation rich and inspiring.

 

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Maryam Forum Virtual 'London Launch':

From Rulership to Leadership: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday 2 July | Online Event

The virtual London launch of the Maryam Forum brought together 15 sessions taking stock of the global response to the intertwined medical emergency and economic crisis - how COVID-19 intersects with several other global emergencies, and how it manifests itself in different regions of the world. 

Building on insights from the thematic and geographic sessions, and together with our students – the leaders of tomorrow – we will convene Maryam Co-Labs, leading up to our first Annual Global Forum in December alongside our media partners The New York Times, Caixin Media and content partner Kite Insights.

See the launch programme here

 

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Global Policy Lab publication:

Defeating COVID-19: The pandemic that struck the world

Published Thursday 2 July 

Our latest Global Policy Lab publication was released in conjunction with the virtual London launch of the Maryam Forum. In this issue, academics and policymakers discuss the lessons learned so far from the pandemic. Coming from different disciplinary perspectives and based on varying geographic contexts, they identify a rich set of policy conclusions.

 

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Financial Reforms During the Crisis

Tuesday 7 July 

The Former Governor of National Bank of Ukraine, Mrs Valeria Gontareva, had a conversation with our Student Leader for the LSE Maryam Forum, Jintao Zhu, regarding the Financial Reforms during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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“Innovation and Inclusive Growth - the Student Challenge”

Friday 11 September, 14:35-15:30

IGA and the School of Public Policy hosted a webinar on "Innovation and Inclusive Growth: COVID-19 as a window of opportunity" on Friday 11th September at 13:00 discussing David Sainsbury’s book Windows of Opportunity: How Nations Create Wealth. Following the high level panel, the discussion continued with a follow-up student event to discuss takeaways and challenge what has been said. Valeria Gontareva, former Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine moderated this discussion, beginning with Sir Vince Cable’s takeaway messages and then opened up for debate.

 

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Mission Possible

Wednesday 14 October, 13:00-14:00

Emerging and developing economies often lack practical experience in navigating their country’s systemic transformation to fully-functioning market-oriented economies.

'Policy Reform in the Making' is a new series from the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy under its Maryam Forum Transformational Leadership Initiative. It features original contributions from prominent policymakers, particularly in emerging and developing economies on how to reform and how to manage crisis situations. The series provides uniquely insightful material that can inspire reformers, along with academics and students.

The first event in the series will be from IGA Senior Policy Fellow Valeria Gontareva. Her book "Mission Possible: The True Story of Ukraine's Comprehensive Banking Reform and Practical Manual for Other Nations" provides a powerful account on her approach to reform and policy making. 

Watch the video here

 

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Hungary and Other Emerging EU Countries in the Financial Storm

Wednesday 4 November, 13:00-14:00

Emerging Europe had managed a major and successful crisis response during the global financial crisis. How did the region and Hungary handle that big storm and what lessons can be drawn for handling the ongoing pandemic? What role did international institutions and the European Commission play in this process?

'Policy Reform in the Making' is a new series from the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy under its Maryam Forum Transformational Leadership Initiative.  It features original contributions from prominent policymakers, particularly in emerging and developing economies on how to reform and how to manage crisis situations. The series provides uniquely insightful material that can inspire reformers, along with academics and students.

Watch the video here

China: Engage – Avoid the New Cold World War

Tuesday 24 November, 13:00-14:15

China’s political and economic relations have rapidly deteriorated in 2020, especially with the USA and the UK. A crucial issue for the future is whether this is a passing phase, caused by temporary shocks like the COVID pandemic and the personalities of leaders, or could it be the beginning of a new Cold War. This event will launch Sir Vince Cable's book of the same name.

'Policy Reform in the Making' is a new series from the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy under its Maryam Forum Transformational Leadership Initiative.  It features original contributions from prominent policymakers, particularly in emerging and developing economies on how to reform and how to manage crisis situations. The series provides uniquely insightful material that can inspire reformers, along with academics and students.

Watch the video here