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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

As preparations are progressing for the Rotary Presidential Conference in Venice, the programme is evolving. Please be sure to return to this page to see the updated conference programme.

All speeches will be given in English with simultaneous translation into Italian, German, French and Spanish

This is a draft programme and subject to change.

18 March 2022

14.00 +
Registration 
18.30
Welcome Cocktail Reception - Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel 
20:00

Major Donor Recognition Event - by invitation only, for Major Donors. 

20:00
Dinner in Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Restaurant (optional)

19 March 2022

08:00+
Registration
09:30
Opening of Conference
09:.30
Flag Ceremony
09:35
Opening Address - PRID Eduardo San Martin - Convener
09:45

Welcome Address - ​RID Roger Lhors - co-Convener

09:50

Welcome Address - Mayor of Venice

10:00

Welcome Address & Rotary Foundation's New Area of Focus: the Environment - Shekhar Mehta - Rotary International President 2021/22

10:20

The European Green Deal - making a real impact - Roberta Metsola MEP, President, European Parliament.

10:50

Sustainable Development Aid - helping people and the planet.

11:10

Recognition Event - President Rotary International Shekhar Mehta

11:30

The Status Quo Ante-Covid is not an option: Resetting economies in a post-COVID world - the need for transitional change by Businesses - Jean-Jacques Titon

11:50

Case Study: Barilla - Rebalancing the Agri-food industry towards the environment. 

12:10

Planet friendly is profit friendly: the rise of Environmental, Social & Governance influences - Rotarian Dr Suzanne Thoma, CEO, BKW A.G.

12:30

Societal & Environmental change - what role for Rotary? -  Sérgio Almeida

12:50

Working Lunch - Conference foyer

14:30

Transitioning the textile/fashion industry towards greater sustainability. Andrea Favaretto Rubelli, President of the Textile/Fashion Section of Confindustria Venezia.

14:50

Leveraging Rotary Foundation Grants

15:20

Implementing a circular economy - Ingrid Zeegers, Director PRICE

15:50

Transitioning the energy sector towards a more sustainable future - Barbara Terenghi Chief Sustainability Officer, Edison S.p.A.

16:20

Rotary’s going upstream with UNEP to restore our rivers - Joe Otin, Rotary Representative to the United Nationals Environment Programme

16:45
Closing Remarks
17:00
Closure of Conference Day 1
20:30

Dinner with the President @ Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel

20 March 2022

09:30
Plenary Opening Session - Day 2
09:30

Opening Remarks

09:40
Case study - addressing environmental challenges in Venice: the role of industry.
10:10

Why is the environment relevant to Rotary and what impact can we have? - Gunnar Åkerblom & Ingrid Hesser, Co-chairs,  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) Europe

10:50

Attitudes of younger generations towards the environment are changing: Conscious Consumption

11:10

Managing waste for a greener environment.

11:30

Presentation by U-Leaf - winning team Hackathon - Rotaract District 2101. www.uleaf.it

11:50

From inspiration to action: Bridging the gap for impact - Nicki Scott, RI Director 2021/23

12:30

Concluding Remarks ​Shekhar Mehta​​​ - RI President 2021-22

12:40

Closing Remarks by PRID Eduardo San Martin - Conference Convener

12:50

Close of Conference

13:15
Lunch at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel

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