For Immediate Release – March 31, 2022 , Draft Not for Circulation
By Cristiane Roget Sr. Correspondent – AdAvenueGroup.con /Forbes France
Contributor Shelby Knick, Forbes Correspondent & Photographer
Manama, Bahrain. The 7th Annual CC (Climate Change) Forum (CC-Forum.com), known to be referred to by some as “green Davos” – Middle East Edition, ‘Investment in Sustainable Development’ unfurled March 21-24, 2022 against a backdrop where policy makers are mounting a disjointed approach to rampant global inflation, an unprecedented four million Ukrainian refugees are fleeing the brutality of a Russian invasion and a lingering pandemic has 470,783,178 Coronavirus cases and an estimated 7 million fatalities confirms sources at John Hopkins University. Unvetted factoids charade as facts and are filtered through the prism of our own prejudices, is it any surprise the public is confused, bewildered and fearful at this time?
Delegates of this CC Forum – Investment in Sustainable Development took a brief leave last week from social strife and political tumult to explore, invest and ameliorate a totality of transformative solutions for what ails our fragile planet.
The common refrain throughout the proceedings was, “Collectively we are navigating the challenges that face us all as we attempt to strike a balance between centralized leadership and local autonomy. We embrace an unwavering belief that the Mobius Strip will become unhinged, heralding a positive and sustainable future. We will overcome,” insists elder statesman Holmes Stoner, Founder of Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce (http://www.pacrimcc.com), Green Alliance International, and Ecodomika, a premanufactured – site built housing solution in association with Co-Modeco.
Key sponsors lending their support to the ground-breaking Bahrain edition, included WALLEX BANK, ALBA, NOVA Wallet, GCAP, Tree Of Life Holding, WASKITA, World Women Leading Change, World Mobile, LEAP, Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce, Ecoflix, Terreus Capital, Rotary, Let’s Disrupt Digital, Banxe, Bahrain Nights, Chase Rainwater, among others.
Max Studennikoff, the visionary entrepreneur and Founder of the tri-annual gathering affirms participants arrived from every compass point to convene in the luxuriously appointed Wyndham Grand Manama, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, and Ritz-Carlton Bahrain hotels in Manama, Bahrain. A true believer in the power of private wealth over protracted policy making; “We converge to navigate a momentous agenda with achievable goals”, opined Mr. Studennikoff, whose sartorial style could land him on a cover of GQ or Vogue Homme, and whose vision is to “collectively unite our efforts to advance significant long-term achievements – curbing climate change, ensuring peace, social security and sustainable economic futures for all.” The CC Forum integrates the United Nations 17 SDG Goals into the heart of the ad hoc coalitions’ strategies”.
This iteration of the Forum convened in the peaceful country of Bahrain, a sun-soaked and sandy metropolis of colorful souks, sandy expanses, and futuristic skyscrapers featuring wind turbines, solar panels, and all manner of environmental innovations. Ancient scribes described the nation as the place, ‘where the sun rises’,” according to Shawn Yaz, Director of Digital Information at the Wyndham Grand Manama. Ziad Soboh, Duty Manager, said “We were delighted and privileged to host many of the CC Forum delegates”.
The CC Forum was held under the auspices and with support of the Bahrain Economic Development Board chaired by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain. In sharp contrast with the COP26 Summit 2021 in Glasgow which had 30,000 attendees; the CC Forum unites an intimate gathering of royals, heads of state, family businesses, environmental innovators, prescient economists, top tier NGO’s and top-level dignitaries. Climate crusader Julian Lennon, animal activist Dame Jane Goodall and Placido Domingo have joined next-generation innovators, startups, and scientists with ambitious commitments to create a socially just and more verdant planet. The previous editions of CC Forum have included the one in Monaco under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco in 2020 and in London which received a royal greeting by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
“The words ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ originated in the 80’s as an obscure reference describing, ‘an increase in earth’s average temperature due to man-made greenhouse gas, CO-2 and black carbon emissions, that is exacerbated by obscene consumerism,” confirmed Dr. Sultan Alsultan, an MIT alumni and CEP Founder of TECRS, an environmental consultancy.
Presidential candidate, Al Gore in his best-selling book, An Uncommon Truth, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary ‘Climate Refugees’, currently in pre-production, directed by Michael Nash, and the passionate, child-activist Greta Thunberg all have added the reference into their lexicon of dire warnings; today ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Climate Change’ are as ubiquitous as a kid’s fascination with ‘death by asteroid’ or the fate of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
But unlike meteors, dinosaurs, those espousing a doomsday scenario or climate change deniers; delegates to the CC Forum comprise the “savviest of investors, top-tier academicians, scientists, and founders of the brightest start-ups who are surprisingly upbeat and optimistic. “We are undaunted by the peril of mass extinction or the specter of a decimated planet!” insists Dr. Rand Neveloff, JD, MBA , PHD and Partner at Titan Global, who moderated several panels at the informative Forum.
“Profitability and Sustainability are not mutually exclusive,” insists Dr. Neveloff’s associate Ted Waz, CEO of IGV. The integration of Federated AI, IOT, Blockchain, and Nano Satellite technologies are now deployed to meet Climate Change, Economic, Ecological and Social Justice challenges. Access to potable water is a national and international economic and security crisis,“ confirms Waz. “Genesis Systems (Florida, USA) has launched the most advanced, ground-breaking, water vapor capture technology ever. The technology, unlike desalinization, is capable of economically and ecologically meeting and exceeding the needs of planetary water consumption and agricultural needs.
In association with Dr. Karen Sumser Lupson, Waz hinted that “at the Los Angeles edition of CC Forum, slated for October 2022 a new ultra-secure PPP-IG economy will be revealed that will dramatically reduce plastic waste in our Oceans. (751.world). Confirmed Dr. Lupson, “We are launching incentivized models to rid our oceans of the enormous glut of discarded plastic and nano fibers. “As investors, we must do WELL by doing GOOD!” exclaimed Waz.
Case Study — Solar and Sea Water to a Battery to Electricity and Fresh Water
Gunter Pauli, author of 40 books that includes children’s literature and best-selling The Blue Economy: 10 years – 100 innovations – 100 million jobs express the ultimate aim. That a “Blue Economy business model will shift society from scarcity to abundance with what is locally available”. As an economist, serial entrepreneur, and founder of ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives) and a public speaker without peer, Pauli mesmerized the audience on par with a Shakespearean actor, with his inspiring call to action speaking about his unparalleled vision for Porrima, his experimental ship that runs primarily on renewables: solar, wind, and hydrogen power. (porrima.ch)
Nova Wallet‘s Louis-James Davis added to the discussion lending his expertise and a riveting keynote with topics including supply chain asset provenance, digital identity, digital health and financial inclusion for the under-banked, under-identified population of the world, while discussing how financial inclusion can empower inspirational transformation of the world through infinite possibilities in the circular economy.
With heart-wrenching documentaries by Ecoflix ™, CEO David Casselman shared “We are the world’s first non-for-profit media and distribution platform. Our mandate is to save and protect the planet’s biodiversity, flora and fauna. Because they cannot speak for themselves, hear us Roar!”.
Engaging panels were moderated by industry leaders such as the eloquent Farzam Kamalabadi, President of Future Trend Group, David Gibson-Moore, CEO of Gulf Analytica, Kristin Connell of Rewired Mind, and Tree Of Life Founder and Chairman Hadi Al Alawi.
Distinguished keynote speakers included Lord Nat Wei of Shoreditch, Ali Al Baqali, CEO of ALBA, Angel Xunxiao Wang, Co-Chairwomen CC Forum Middle East, Louis-James Davis, CEO of NOVA Wallet, Johan Eliasch, Recipient of the prestigious Award for ‘Protecting the Endangered Rain Forests’, Her Royal Highness Queen Prof Dr. Ayla Aldjufrie MBA, of Indonesia, and Yewande Austin, with her inspiring “Appreciating Assets: Investing in People” message of hope and love for the audience, which included a live music performance.