APEC CEO Summit Embraces And Connects The Asia Pacific Region Virtually

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  • Event harnesses innovative Microsoft
    technology to connect with the
  • Satellite events around New
    Zealand and the APEC region to connect
  • Summit to be streamed
    “as live” using a full broadcast platform to 21 APEC
  • First look at striking,
    immersive and interactive stage

The APEC CEO Summit, one of the
world’s premier business and government events in 2021,
will use innovative broadcast technology, satellite events
and an impressive, interactive set and staging to virtually
connect audiences across 21 APEC economies from the Aotea
Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, on 11-12 November

APEC CEO Summit Chair Barbara Chapman has
announced plans to adapt to a fully virtual Summit to
provide an “as-live” experience to thousands of
attendees across multiple time zones.

“We are
excited about the possibilities that our virtual APEC CEO
Summit creates,” says Ms Chapman. “This is a great
opportunity for New Zealand businesses to connect with
business, thought and political leaders across the Asia
Pacific region, joining with delegates from all of the APEC

Ms Chapman says while a hybrid event had
been planned for New Zealand-based attendees, the fully
virtual Summit will allow all participants to share the same
platform and interaction opportunities, regardless of their

“We would have been thrilled to have a
full theatre with delegates from around the world, but COVID
has encouraged us to step up to a fully digital challenge.
This virtual APEC CEO Summit is inclusive, ensuring that all
of our delegates have the same experience whether they are
in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, China, Japan,
Canada or any one of the 21 APEC economies” she

Alongside a number of APEC leaders invited to
present, keynote speakers announced so far include former
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, public relations
trailblazer Richard Edelman, social psychologist and
best-selling author Professor Jonathan Haidt, environmental
champion Dr David Suzuki, digital media leader and expert
Amber Mac and entrepreneurial business leader Tony
Fernandes. More speakers and panellists will be announced in
the coming weeks.

APEC CEO Summit organisers are
working with business networks within New Zealand and
internationally to encourage and connect satellite events
for Summit attendees to discuss the content and where
possible, facilitate networking opportunities and business

Harnessing technology from Premier
Partner Microsoft and a full, international broadcast
platform, the APEC CEO Summit 2021 will be streamed “as
live” to audiences across three different time

At the heart of this is an impressive stage
design, intended to generate interaction and present a bold,
New Zealand look and feel to the APEC CEO Summit’s
international audience.

CEO Summit Set and Staging

APEC CEO Summit Executive
Director Jonathan Alver says this will make the Summit
unique in the world this year as a virtual event that will
bring together world, business and economic leaders into one
forum that will connect with people across the Asia Pacific

“By harnessing networking technology, clever
design and some innovative thinking, we believe this
year’s CEO Summit will be compelling and
thought-provoking, providing a powerful platform for our
world-class line-up of keynote speakers, panellists and
world leaders” he says.

This year’s APEC CEO
Summit is a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful
CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders,
prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates
will attend the Summit online as it is hosted using an
immersive stage and the latest digital technologies and
broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11
and 12 November 2021 (NZT).

A first-look at the
immersive and interactive, New Zealand-themed stage design
for the APEC CEO Summit, being hosted from the Aotea Centre
in Auckland, New Zealand (November 11-12

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five

The state of the world with and post
: economic recovery, trade and

The Digital Disruption
: digital transformation, technology and
innovation, and the importance of digital

The Primacy of Trust: ESG
(environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for
business, and business as a force for

The Future of Energy: clean
technology, renewable energy, and energy transition
including hydrogen.

The Sustainability
: sustainable growth, climate change,
food sustainability and provenance.

The Summit is
being supported by premier partners: PwC (Knowledge
Partner), Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac

About the APEC CEO Summit

APEC CEO Summit is the most influential meeting of business
and government in the Asia Pacific. The forum provides
opportunities for governance, chief executives and world
business leaders to engage with each other and with the
leaders of the APEC economies. Each year, the CEO Summit
draws the region’s business leaders, intellectuals, and
media personalities for interactive discussions with APEC
Leaders on key trade and economic issues facing the
Asia-Pacific. The summit in November will address the
biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, providing
a forum to develop solutions for the region’s future. It
will be a virtual event – broadcast live from Auckland,
New Zealand to delegates across the Asia-Pacific using an
immersive stage and the latest digital technologies,
supported by satellite events in selected cities. It will
provide a unique opportunity to connect with other business
leaders around the region. PwC has retained their long
association as Knowledge Partner of the 2021 APEC CEO
Summit. They are joined by additional Premier Partners
Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft and Westpac NZ. Barbara
Chapman is the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit

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