“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”


Dear colleagues and friends,

In less than two hours, we are starting our annual World Leaders Forum, 2021 edition, organized virtually under the theme: "One Ocean, Many Currents - Facilitating Sustainable Global Trade".

13 postal CEOs and leaders from around the world will address such questions as sustainable trade, postal sustainability, lessons from the pandemic and related challenges and opportunities for the industry.

The one-day event is interactive and participants joining via Zoom will be able to ask their questions to speakers and make comments. You can attend the whole day or the session of your choice - registration is free and will remain open throughout the day.
Full programme
Keynote speaker: Pascal Clivaz

The event will open with a keynote speech from the UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz, followed by the views and insights of postal leaders from around the world.

Read the full press release.

11 October, online

10h00 – 10h20: Keynote – Mr. Pascal Clivaz, Deputy Director General, UPU
10h20 – 10h40: Q&A with the audience
11h00 – 12h00: Leaders’ perspectives from around the world

  • Mr. Vincent Phang, Group CEO, Singapore Post
  • Ms. Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadóttir, CEO, Iceland Post
  • Dr. Anirudha Bansod, CEO Post Fiji
  • Ms. Rocío Bárcena, Director General, Correos de Mexico
  • Mr. David Walsh, CEO, New Zealand Post
12h00 – 12h30: Questions and comments from the audience
Lunch break
14h00 – 14h40: Sustainability – the big issue of our time
  • Ms. Annemarie Gardshol, President and Group CEO, PostNord
  • Mr. David McRedmond, CEO, An Post
  • Mr. Siva Somasundram, Director of Policy, Regulation & Markets, UPU
14h40 – 15h15: Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
15h30 – 16h30: Industry experts and thought leaders discuss and reflect on the journey ahead
  • Mr. Tomaž Kokot, CEO, Post of Slovenia
  • Ms. Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadóttir, CEO, Iceland Post
  • Mr. Brody Buhler, CEO, Escher Group
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Forceville, Director of European and International Relations, La Poste Group (France), Chair, Postal Operations Council, UPU
  • Mr. Mike Froman, Vice-Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard

16h30 – 16h45: Summary and conclusion of the Forum

Date: Monday, 11 October 2021
Time: 10h00-17h00 CEST
Live stream: tv.upu.int
Language: English
Registration: https://bit.ly/upuforum
Invitation from the Forum's moderator Derek Osborn.

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