Geneva, Switzerland

On 29 October, a delegation from DOC Research Institute visited Geneva on a ‘road show trip’, aimed at spreading knowledge about the Institute’s mission worldwide.

The delegation, led by DOC RI Chairman Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, CEO Jean-Christophe Bas, and Executive Board Member Grigory Levchenko, met with leading Swiss-based international NGOs and held a joint event with the Geneva’s Leaders Club.

In a speech at the Geneva’s Leaders Club, Dr. Yakunin explained the history and mission of the Institute, which has gained its worldwide reputation after predicting the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, as well as numerous other global trends and events, including the European refugee crisis. Geneva is a city of multicultural cooperation, its diversity and the commitment of its community to peace and dialogue makes it an ideal location to discuss issues of global security, in an attempt to bring together mainstream Western thinking and the expectations of the rising world, a point mentioned by Dr. Yakunin in his speech. “We understand that our mission and goals concern every government, every company and organisation, as well as every individual in the modern world. It is impossible to achieve our ambitions without the support of the business community, news media, and academic world. Only by combining our efforts and resources, will we be able to prevent crises and ensure a peaceful world for future generations”, said Dr. Yakunin.

DOC RI fosters innovative approaches to world affairs and has been actively working with organisations such as the UN and G20 on a number of topics. One area is infrastructure development, which is seen by its members as a means of easing tensions and as a cornerstone of inclusive development.

One of the concrete initiatives brought by DOC RI ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires was a proposal for the creation of specialised centres that would be located in G20 countries and beyond, which would coordinate various infrastructure development programmes. This initiative would amplify the efforts of the G20’s Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance (GICA) in its work with the World Bank and multilateral development banks.

Created in 2010, the Leaders’ Club is a powerful business network that now has seven branches in Geneva, Gstaad, Monaco, London, Luxembourg, Paris, and Zurich. Its 520 members are key decision makers in economics, politics, cultural initiatives, and philanthropy.

DOC RI is a Berlin-based NGO, with offices in Vienna and Moscow, that offers new approaches to guide policy-makers and corporations in tackling the challenges of globalisation, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue.