On November 28th, 2014, Malta will join international business capitals Singapore, Hong Kong, Athens, and Sydney in hosting The Economist’s ‘World In’ Gala Dinner Series.
For 28 years, The Economist has published ‘The World in’, featuring global trends and predictions on the year ahead. Specially timed to coincide with the release of this annual publication, The World in 2015 Gala Dinner: Malta is a must- attend event that will bring the publication to life, focusing on the most important trends affecting senior business decision makers across industries in Malta in the coming year. The World In black- tie gala dinner series brings together thought leaders and entertainers for a unique evening of intelligent entertainment, earning a reputation as a favourite social event on corporate calendars internationally.
Guests of The Economist’s inaugural Malta Gala Dinner at the Hilton Malta will enjoy an elegant seated dinner, signature cocktails designed by Diageo’s Reserve Ambassador, thought-provoking entertainment from exceptional speakers, the Mediterranean premiere of The Economist’s 2015 Global Predictions video, and the opportunity for audience participation through a lively predictions-based table quiz.
As is tradition around the world, The Economist is bringing its editorial cartoonist of 30+ years to Malta for this premier social event, providing attendees with a rare opportunity to learn to draw caricatures from one of the most influential and prolific editorial cartoonists of our time. In March 1978, The Economist recruited KAL—a graduate of Harvard College—to become their first resident cartoonist in their 145 year history. KAL’s diverse portfolio for The Economist includes over 4,000 published cartoons and 140 covers. Throughout his long and distinguished career with The Economist, KAL has also contributed work to The Sunday Telegraph, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Australian, The New York Times, Time, and The Washington Post. For the first time ever in Malta, KAL will entertain guests with a drawing lesson while sharing his insights on current events, satire, cartoons, and freedom of expression.
Born-and-bred Londoner and former Mayor of London (2000- 2008) Ken Livingstone will join The Economist on stage at this inaugural event. During his time as Mayor, Livingstone helped win the 2012 Olympics for London, introduced the controversial congestion charge scheme to address climate change and logistics concerns, and steered London through the horror of the 7 July 2005 bombings. Gala dinner guests can look forward to sharing in Livingstone’s lessons learned during his career.
Other gala dinner speakers include host for the evening John Andrews, Consultant Editor to The Economist, Co-Editor of ‘Megachange: The World in 2050’, and Co-Chair of The Economist’s Business Roundtable with the Government of Malta 2014. Andrews will be joined by the Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat, who will provide his insights on Malta’s place in the world in 2015.
The Economist hosted its first event in Malta in March 2014. The Business Roundtable with the Government of Malta was attended by over 500 of Malta’s prominent senior business executives and key public sector institutions, who were joined by high-profile international guests such as former Italian PM Mario Monti, former Italian PM Enrico Letta, economist Jim O’Neill, and former BP executive Tony Hayward for two days of insightful dialogue.
The upcoming World in 2015 Gala Dinner: Malta is made possible by the support of Lead Sponsor HSBC, Supporting Sponsor Mal- ta Tourism Authority, Contributing Sponsors Swissquote and M. Demajo Wines and Spirits Ltd.; Lead Media Partner The Times of Malta; Media Partners The Malta Independent and PBS; Communication Partner Centrecom; Official Representative and Lead Organiser Hazlis & Rivas and Co-Organiser CountryProfiler.