10 YEARS BUILDING THE ECOSYSTEM

South Summit Madrid was born in 2012 as Spain Startup to boost economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. 10 years later we are proud of having built a solid ecosystem and having a referent encounter became more and more relevant in the startup world.

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 June 8-10th | The Ship, Madrid

2022 will be our 10th anniversary. To celebrate it we are preparing the best edition to date. Connect with key players in the ecosystem, find business opportunities and meet new talent, all in one place. Are you gonna miss it?

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South Summit Madrid – June 8-10

Al Gore and Pablo Isla, are among the confirmed speakers for South Summit Madrid 2022

  • The former Vice President of the United States and the CEO of INDITEX until last March will be some of the star speakers at this 10th edition of South Summit, the global meeting for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Along with them, at the moment there are 450 confirmed speakers who will share with the attendees their successful professional career and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.
  • South Summit 2022, powered by IE University, will be held June 8-10 at La Nave in Madrid under the theme ‘decoding complexity’.

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South Summit , co-organized by IE University , the leading meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be held in Madrid from June 8 to 10 . At the inauguration of this 10th edition of South Summit will be Al Gore, former vice president of the US and candidate for the elections of the North American country in 2000, and Pablo Isla , CEO and president of INDITEX until last March.

Al Gore is also known for his role as an environmental activist and for being one of the world’s leading climate change advocates , as well as being the founder of the Climate Protection Alliance and Generation Investment Management. He will be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 telematically. In this speech he will share, among other topics, how he works in the search for smart and sustainable transport solutions to reduce environmental pollution, one of his main objectives in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Pablo Isla, a renowned businessman who has spent 17 years in the Inditex group , first as executive director and vice president and, in the last 11 years, as CEO, will also participate in this 10th edition of South Summit. Following his departure from Inditex, he has become the new chairman of IE University’s International Governing Board and has also joined as global senior advisor to the General Atlantic fund.

In 2017 and 2018, Pablo Isla was considered the Best Executive Chairman in the World by Harvard Business Review. In 2020, Forbes also distinguished him as the best CEO of the decade. An expertise and professional career that will inspire South Summit attendees.

Both leaders will be at this edition of South Summit, when it celebrates 10 years as the main global meeting point for the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem . A place where entrepreneurs, investors and corporations meet to generate real business opportunities in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An objective that will be met again in this year’s edition, which will be held again at La Nave in Madrid, where the more than 450 speakers of recognized international prestige who have confirmed their participation so far will meet. These leaders will share with the attendees their successful professional careers and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.

Among them are Sal Khan, founder and CEO of the non-profit educational organization Khan Academy ; Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, leaders in sustainable indoor farming; Marci Zaroff,  founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp, a benchmark in the sustainable fashion sector; Iñigo Charola , CEO of the biotechnology company BioTechFoods , dedicated to the development of synthetic meat; and Hrish Lotikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld , an augmented reality (AR) virtual world geographically mapped to the real world, among other profiles.

The great advances in technology, the speed of innovation or the great challenge of fighting climate change will be some of the central themes of the South Summit edition content program . A program that will be articulated under the motto ‘[de]coding complexity’ (decoding complexity).

The 100 finalist startups of the Startup Competition will also be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 , chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 3,000 candidates from 114 countries. The 100 finalist startups correspond to a wide variety of sectors and have innovative and cutting-edge projects, such as a robot that automates the process of harvesting and collecting food on farms or a forest fire detection system from outer space.

For this year’s edition, South Summit is expected to generate an economic activity of around 20 million euros in the city of Madrid during its celebration , with the more than 22,000 attendees expected at this essential event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the overall innovation. In the last 2021 edition, all attendance and participation records were broken , with more than 1,600 investors with a portfolio of approximately 135,000 million dollars, 8,000 startups, 680 speakers and 7,000 corporate members.

GSMA Celebrates a Vibrant MWC22 Barcelona

More than 61,000 attendees convened in-person from around the world to discuss the convergence of mobile, the potential of the metaverse and transforming vertical industries

3 March 2022, Barcelona: The GSMA is celebrating a vibrant and dynamic edition of MWC Barcelona and there was no doubt it was the place to do business. The world’s largest and most influential connectivity event hosted over 61,000 attendees from almost 200 countries. It was the centre of discussion and debate, the place where leaders in the mobile ecosystem continued charting the future to achieve the full potential of technology.

GSMA Celebrates a Vibrant MWC22 Barcelona

GSMA Celebrates a Vibrant MWC22 Barcelona

“Nothing beats MWC in person, and it was exciting to bring our community – which is so passionate about connectivity – back together to discuss the opportunities that lie ahead.” John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. said. “On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and partners who came together to make MWC22 so productive, safe, and successful. I also want to thank Barcelona City Council, Generalitat de Catalunya, the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation, Fira de Barcelona, Tourism de Barcelona (the Host City Parties), the L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Mobile World Capital, and the people of Catalonia and Spain. Your support is unwavering, and your creativity, hospitality, and perseverance continually inspire us.”

Connectivity Unleashed

Over four days, more than 1,900 companies joined MWC22 Barcelona to showcase the role of mobile technology in unleashing connectivity, exploring 5G Connect sponsored by Salesforce, Advancing AIInternet of EverythingCloudNet by Kyndryl, FinTech, and the Tech Horizon.

Thought leadership from entrepreneurs, government ministers, and extraordinary people pushing the boundaries of our imaginations spoke from stages across the event. From traditional industries to award-winning filmmakers speakers challenged and inspired attendees to think about new ways of leveraging technology.

Vertical collaboration, startup innovation, and much more at MWC22

Again this year, the Ministerial Programme at MWC was the centre of global digital policy debate. With more than 160 delegations from countries and international institutions around the world, policymakers, regulators, industry leaders, and the international development community exchanged experiences and views on how to build policies for a digital world, maximise the potential of 5G, close the digital gap, and meet global climate targets. As the world becomes increasingly digital, there was broad agreement that we need more collaboration and cooperation amongst all stakeholders to expand digital inclusion for all. This year, leaders like Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman of the U.S. FCC, and Minister Paula Ingabire of Rwanda not only contributed to the conversation in the Ministerial Programme, but brought their policy priorities to the MWC keynote stage.

All-new for this year’s edition, Industry City, co-delivered with Knowledge Partner Accenture showcased demos from the FinTech, Manufacturing, and Automotive sectors. With a buzz of activity, Industry City was a must-see space at the event. Visitors had the opportunity to experience a range of Summits covering robotics and smart mobility topics through interactive metaverse tours and demonstrations from partners and the GSMA Foundry programme.

Focus on the local entrepreneurial startup community returned with the 4YFN (Four Years from Now) programme – supported by platinum sponsor BStartup Banco Sabadell – as it welcomed over 500 international startups and over 300 speakers to share insights on how to drive the ecosystem forward. Competing for more than €24 billion of investment, 200 startups pitched to leading funds, VCs, and CVCs during the event.

MWC22 by the numbers

  • Over 61,000 unique people attended in person
  • Around 500,000 unique virtual and daily viewers on MWC22 and partner platforms
  • Representation from almost 200 countries and territories
  • Over 1,900 exhibitors, sponsors, and partners
  • Over 1,000 speakers, 97% in person and 36% women
  • More than 50% of attendees were Directors and C-Suite executives, 20% were CEOs and founders, 25% were women
  • Millions tuned into MWC22 Barcelona content via Mobile World Live global syndication and official national and international broadcasters.
  • More than 1,600 international journalists were onsite

Our gratitude

“The momentum leading into MWC22 was palpable, and it delivered,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “In the spirit of our theme ‘Connectivity Unleashed’, we saw how industries were going beyond simple connectivity to deliver meaningful connectivity, deploying technology in ground-breaking ways that will shape industry and society. I thank every person who helped make MWC Barcelona 2022 an unmissable event – and as we move to a ‘digital everything’ world, I look forward to seeing what we achieve next year!”

MWC22 was covered by Mobile World Live, CNBC, Euronews, Financial Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal Barron’s Group, and more than 1,600 international journalists. Featured Media Partners include C114, Insider Intelligence, Radio + Television Business Report, Technology Record, and TeleSemana. A huge thank you to all our MWC22 partners and sponsors. Your collaboration and support contributed significantly to the buzz and excitement of being together at this time.

Local initiatives like, Meet and Eat and Beat Barcelona showcased the best of the city. A preliminary economic analysis indicated that MWC will have contributed more than €240 million to Barcelona’s economy and created more than 6,700 part-time jobs in 2022. And once again, MWC was a carbon-neutral event.

Looking to the future

Following a successful MWC22 Barcelona, the GSMA is working hard to deliver the full MWC series in 2022. The next event, MWC Shanghai, will take place from 29th June – 1st July, followed by the inaugural MWC Las Vegas from 28th-30th September and rounded off by MWC Africa from 25-27th October – which will return in person to Kigali for the first time since 2019.

As the mobile industry gathered this week at MWC22, our thoughts have been with those suffering hardship and loss. Businesses, governments, and individuals alike are wrestling with meaningful ways to help, even as the conflict continues to escalate. Many of our members are responding by facilitating communication with loved ones and by addressing humanitarian needs.

Find out more about MWC Barcelona: www.mwcbarcelona.com.

About GSMA

The GSMA is a global organisation unifying the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver innovation foundational to positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unlock the full power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organisations across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers for its members across three broad pillars: Connectivity for Good, Industry Services and Solutions, and Outreach. This activity includes advancing policy, tackling today’s biggest societal challenges, underpinning the technology and interoperability that make mobile work, and providing the world’s largest platform to convene the mobile ecosystem at the MWC and M360 series of events.

We invite you to find out more at gsma.com.

MWC22 BARCELONA RUNS FROM 28 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2022

 

At the outset of the pandemic, the mobile ecosystem demonstrated genuine leadership to keep vital lines of communication open. Two years later, as we learn to live with the virus, it is time for the industry to come together and collectively build a vision for a connected recovery.

Earlier this week, the GSMA made an informed statement confirming our intention to hold MWC22 Barcelona as planned. This moment demands responsible leadership. That means making difficult decisions and responding to everchanging circumstances, listening, and taking appropriate actions to protect and promote every member of this ecosystem.

Given the lengths that so many partners, large and small, have taken to reconvene and make MWC22 Barcelona a success, we remain on course to host the industry at Fira Gran Via on 28 February – 3 March. We do this with overwhelming support from the industry, our partners, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, and the Host City Parties. In fact, earlier this week, the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni confirmed the city’s “political, institutional and operational” support for MWC22 Barcelona.

We anticipate much speculation in the lead-up. Covid is a real concern, and unfortunately, in an environment with varied opinions and predictions about the near- and long-term impact, some exhibitors and attendees will be re-evaluating their plans for the event this year. Every year, we look forward to seeing our community come together, so we would be disappointed to miss any of you but understand and respect the decisions of our partners. The health and safety of staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners, and the local community remain our top priority. With three successful events in 2021, we have proven our ability to deliver a safe environment founded on our industry-leading health and safety plan, Committed Community.

This moment is our collective opportunity to showcase how the entire digital ecosystem continues to transform lives and significantly support global recovery with technology visionaries – against a backdrop of international recognition that connectivity has never been more critical.

 

Expo 2020 Dubai: The World In One City

Expo 2020 Dubai is ready and it will certainly make a lasting impact in an already culturally rich country. Starting in October, this event will marvel you with its amazing 192 country pavilions and their incredible cultural and technological displays. One of the main focuses of Expo 2020 Dubai is the three main pavilions; Terra, the sustainability pavilion; Alif, the mobility pavilion; and Mission Possible, the opportunity pavilion.

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Set across a purpose-built 4.38 square kilometers site in the Dubai South district, visitors will be able to travel to the Expo 2020 site via metro, bus, taxi, or car. Expo 2020 Dubai will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 to 00:00 on Saturday to Wednesday, and 10:00 to 02:00 on Thursday and Friday.

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Everything is set to accommodate a certainly one-of-a-kind and spectacular event. Expo 2020 Dubai will host some of the most impressive design feats that you will ever see but, most of all, provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experience.

Amazing Pavilions To Discover

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Saudi Arabia Pavilion | Expo 2020 Dubai

In Expo 2020 Dubai, you will literally be able to explore the world in one city. 192 stunning country Pavilions surrounding the main three. The event will also include some standout special pavilions too, such as the Women’s Pavilion, which will serve as a space for meaningful discussions supporting women’s vision and contributions to shaping society; and The Good Place Pavilion by Expo Live, a multi-sensory interactive experience to meet ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


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Each country presents a unique experience and amazing designs. Expo 2020 Dubai will offer you a world-class variety of experiences with each country represented and bringing its best to the event. For the first time in World Expo history, every participating country will have its own pavilion. Enjoy immersive cultural experiences and discover what makes each country unique as you explore them all.

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Portuguese Pavilion | Expo 2020 Dubai

Amazing Hotels To Stay

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331-key Rove Expo 2020

The 331-key Rove Expo 2020 is the place to stay inside the event, its located in Al Wasl Square overlooking Al Wasl Plaza and it is a marvelous architecural masterpiece to look at. But across Dubai, there are endless beachfront resorts and city stays to choose from. Each one will provide you the best experience for you to enjoy Expo 2020 Dubai and the city itself.

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Find out more about the best luxury hotels in Dubai with Boca do Lobo

… And Discover Dubai Design Scene!

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Palm Jumeirah – Dubai

If you are attending the fabulous Expo 2020 Dubai, you should of course explore Dubai. The city is renowned for offering the best luxury experiences in the world, but for design lovers, it is also a hub of some of the best interior design and architectural projects in the world. Palm Jumeirah for example, is an iconic place that you must visit, that gathers the best hospitality, restaurants, and design projects in an iconic artificial island.

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Get the most out of Expo 2020 Dubai. Enjoy the event, each pavilion, and Dubai itself. There is only one place to be for a truly unique exclusive experience, and starting on October, Expo 2020 Dubai will certainly be a once in a lifetime experinece.


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HERE’S WHY CES 2022 IN LAS VEGAS WILL BE FOR THE VACCINATED

Here’s Why CES 2022 in Las Vegas Will be for the Vaccinated

As a CEO running a national trade association – the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – these past 18 months put me on a roller coaster of emotion as I work to lead by example and make decisions that will have positive effects.

In July 2020, I led the decision process to cancel our live, in-person, CES and opt for a digital show instead.  This was a difficult choice because I knew it was going to have a negative effect on a lot of people. First, our staff – we had to downsize and lay off employees.  Second, the City of Las Vegas – they rely on events like CES to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and fuel their local economy.  Canceling our in-person CES affected the hotels and the hospitality workers and the workers who welcome us each year and help us pull off the most influential tech gathering in the world! Third, the industry – tens of thousands each year gather at CES to see the latest innovation, to meet new business partners and to develop new ideas.

As difficult as that decision was, I knew it was the right one because with no vaccine available it simply was not safe to hold CES during a pandemic. Our only defense against COVID-19 at that time was to minimize contact with people, wash our hands and wear face masks. Canceling the in-person CES was the right thing to do – we wanted to do our part and not spread the disease.

Fast forward a year to August 2021. Vaccines are readily available in the United States and several other countries. More and more Americans are now fully vaccinated. However, as vaccines are making their way around the world, so is a new threat – the Delta variant.

We have seen a spike in cases due to the Delta variant, which is severely hurting the unvaccinated population. Yes, there are breakthrough cases for the vaccinated, but many of those have few or no symptoms at all. And of the vaccinated getting the Delta variant, only a tiny percentage are hospitalized.

We prioritize the safety and security of CES participants. Which is why, once again, my team has confronted a major decision: CES will be in person in Las Vegas in January 2022, and we will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated. We are also assessing proof of a positive antibody test as a requirement and will share more details on this later. Importantly, we will continue to follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC and will announce additional protocols as we get closer to the show.

We all play a role in stopping the spread – requiring proof of vaccination for CES 2022 is one way we can take responsibility on our part.

Many are clamoring to return to the serendipity and relationship-building of in-person events—so are we. CES is where business gets done. It’s an economic engine for our industry and an opportunity for companies from around the world, both large and small, to launch products, build brands and form partnerships. Tech has also evolved by leaps and bounds in the last year and a half—we need to convene and connect so we can maintain our momentum and continue to inspire innovative solutions for a rapidly changing world.

We know our decision to require vaccines—and potentially positive antibody tests—may not be popular for some, but for many others it will allow them to know they can experience CES once again—and get back to business as usual.

For those who cannot attend CES in person, we offer the CES experience through our digital platform and hope to welcome you back to Las Vegas in 2023. Regardless of how you choose to participate in CES 2022, I hope you find inspiration, make new connections, build your business and step into the rest of the year with a renewed sense of hope for how tech continues to improve all our lives.

Join Axis at the Genetec Connet’DX virtual event

Axis invites you to join us in our virtual booth in the Genetec Connect’DX Partner Pavilion from April 20-22, 2020. At this online trade show you can listen to numerous keynote speeches, including “Evolution of Security IOT” held by Dr. Martin Gren and Fredrick Nilsson. At our virtual booth, you will be able to engage with our on-demand product videos, educational content and chat live with Axis technology experts.

The keynote speech, being held by two of Axis senior leadership. Dr, Martin Gren, Co-founder and Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President Americas. They will cover how we’ve been unifying security through the years with Genetec. And will highlight some of the very latest offerings and integrations to Genetec products. Visit our virtual booth to chat with Axis representatives as well as explore the following offerings on your own:

  • Axis Body Worn camera system and integration with Genetec Security Center and Clearance
  • Smart city and traffic joint solutions
  • Joint cybersecurity integrations such as those for encryption and for Security Center Firmware Vault, which handles secure camera firmware management
  • QR code access management integrations of Axis devices via Genetec ClearID and Genetec Security Center
  • Access control integrations to Security Center Synergis

Register for Genetec Connect’DX

Physical security practitioners can benefit from more than 30+ on-demand sessions, customer presentations, industry expert panels, and product training. Attendees can also earn virtual points for participation and win prizes including SONOS speakers and gift certificates from Amazon and UberEats.

This digital event is free, but places are limited.

For further information please contact:

Alex Walthers, Strategic Account Manager, Partner Ecosystems, Axis Communications

Phone: +1 518 2753091, E-mail: Alex.Walthers@axis.com

Integrated Systems Europe

MIKE BLACKMAN: ISE REMAINS SCHEDULED FOR 1-4 JUNE

ISE MD Mike Blackman responds to the announcement by AVIXA that the InfoComm 2021 show is set to take place in Orlando in October 2021.

Dear ISE community,

Following today’s announcement that the InfoComm 2021 show will now take place in Orlando in October 2021, we want to confirm that Integrated Systems Europe, remains scheduled to open live and online on 1-4 June 2021 in its new home at the Fira Barcelona.

Whilst we recognise there continue to be challenges ahead, we are in touch with government and the relevant health authorities to constantly monitor the situation. None of us can predict how the situation will look in June, but we are hopeful that by the second quarter of 2021 we will see the world return to a new ‘normal’ with vaccines being rapidly delivered in many countries around the world.

We understand our exhibitors and partners need to make commitments that will incur cost and we do not wish to burden them unnecessarily. For this reason, if circumstances impact our ability to host an in-person event and we are forced to cancel this element of ISE, we will make this decision by 1 March.

With the backdrop of the global pandemic, our priority in recent months has been devising the means to deliver a safe and secure event for all exhibitors and visitors and we have been working closely with the City of Barcelona, the venue and relevant authorities.

In early January, Fira de Barcelona received the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, an internationally recognised endorsement from the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC), developed in collaboration with the specialist risk management consultancy Aon and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

ISE has also published A Guide to Safe Visiting, outlining the safe practice protocols that have been put in place with the Fira Gran Vía to ensure that the visitor experience is safe and secure. The guide can be located here.

Looking ahead to June, we can confirm that today, over 37,000 sqm of space is signed up with just under 700 exhibitors confirmed and new companies continuing to book their place on the floorplan.

Next week sees online visitor registration open, coming at a time when we realise the industry is keen to ‘get back to work’ in the second half of the year. Feedback from our recent customer research shows that the industry is looking forward to meeting as soon as the situation allows and we are currently updating the research to measure current sentiment amongst both our exhibitors and visitors.

In a time where many of our industry colleagues are suffering financially or have lost their jobs or businesses, we at ISE are striving to do everything we can to contribute to the industry getting back on its feet.

I would personally like to thank all our customers, partners and colleagues within the industry which we serve and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you,

Mike Blackman
Managing Director
Integrated Systems Europe

Watch our webinar on public safety agency grant funding for mobility projects

Grant funding for public safety mobility projects is widespread and readily available—from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, State public safety agencies and others. But sometimes developing a project that can win funding can pose a challenge to law enforcement agency leaders, particularly if they don’t have a great deal of experience with competitive grants.
This webinar, presented by the Grants Office, provides a review of the strategies and tools that can help you confidently develop grant applications for your next mobility project.
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  • How to effectively articulate your grant applications
  • Upcoming mobility-friendly grant programs that you can apply for
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Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

January 26, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Economic growth and technological innovation are historically perceived as concurrent. As we progress through the 21st century, the world is innovating at an increasingly rapid rate, and whereas previous predictions of technological development would be forecast over a 25 to 50-year period, this timespan has now become much shorter.

Nevertheless, 2020 saw the world experience unprecedented economic upheaval, as the health of populations and national economies took substantial blows. The primary focus of the foreseeable future will be to revive the global economy from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join our webinar alongside a panel of C-suite executives as we discuss how important a role technology brands will play in the economic recovery after a year of turbulence, and how we predict where technological innovations will take brands in the next 5, 10, and 25 years.

Taking place at the time of our usual Davos event, the webinar will launch the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 rreport and present the findings of our annual study into the world’s 500 most valuable and strongest brands across all sectors and countries, as well as the Brand Finance Brand Guardianship Index 2021 ranking of the world’s top 100 CEOs.

To learn about your brand’s performance ahead of the launch, please email enquiries@brandfinance.com. Our Consulting Team is here to help.