2015 World Leadership Forum Dinner (Video)
- Thursday, September 24, 2015
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The St. Regis Roof
2 East 55th Street
New York, NY
- Event type
- Lunch / Dinner
Event Transcripts and Video
H.E. Edi Rama
H.E. Edi Rama - Keynote Speaker
Prime Minister of Albania
With a remarkably rich and diverse career path, Edi Rama counts his contribution in arts, sports and teaching, as a publicist and politician. He used to be a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, a player of the national basketball team, and authored two books, namely, Refleksione (Reflections), together with Ardian Klosi, which was published immediately after the collapse of the dictatorship and Kurban, published in 2011. Additionally, Edi Rama has published two art books containing his works in collaboration with the distinguished artist Anri Sala.
Edi Rama’s involvement in the public and political life of the country starts with the movement for democracy that led to the dismantling of the communist regime in Albania, with Rama being one of the most publicly outspoken members and a key leader of the students’ movement at the Academy of Fine Arts. Edi Rama entered politics in the capacity of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, in 1998.
In 2000, Edi Rama ran for mayor of Tirana Municipality and marked a landslide victory against his rival. Upon taking over, he set off on a campaign aimed at transforming and regenerating the capital city by restoring public spaces that were, until then, usurped by illegal buildings and increasing the green areas, while instilling a new spirit and vision in the administration of the Capital. Under Edi Rama’s leadership, Tirana Municipality turned into a modern European institution. His projects to introduce colour in public spaces, amongst the ruined facades of residential buildings of the communist era, the rehabilitation of Lana Riverbed, the increase of recreational parks and green areas in the city, as well as the reconstruction of Tirana’s road network based on entirely new standards found international recognition, counting a series of awards, amongst which, World Mayor Award (2004) and European Hero Award by Time Magazine. Edi Rama was re-elected as Mayor of Tirana in 2003 and 2007 and led the Albanian Capital for 11 years.
In 2005, Edi Rama was elected Chair of the Socialist Party of Albania, leading this force through the difficult opposition years and into the overwhelming victory of 23 June 2013.
Evan G. Greenberg - Honoree
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ACE Group
Evan G. Greenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited and ACE Group. Mr. Greenberg joined ACE Group in November 2001 as Vice Chairman. He was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2004 and Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007.
Over the course of more than 40 years in the insurance industry, Mr. Greenberg has held various underwriting and management positions and gained significant insight in the global property, casualty and life insurance sectors. Prior to joining ACE, Mr. Greenberg spent 25 years at American International Group, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 2000. Before that, he held a variety of senior management positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer of AIU, AIG's Foreign General Insurance organization, and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Far East, based in Japan.
Mr. Greenberg serves on teh board of a number of organizations including the Coca-Cola Company, the Council of the Americas and the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He is Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council, serves on the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Southeast Asia Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Greenberg is also an overseer of the International Rescue Committee.