The Forum is a three-day event:
- Day One is normally dedicated to major global issues of a predominantly economic, geopolitical and scientific/technological nature.
- Day Two focuses on Europe and enjoys the presence of officials and representatives of all major European institutions who take part in discussions around the most pressing issues facing the European Union.
- And finally, Day Three is dedicated to Italy with the presence of representatives of the Italian government, officials and numerous leading figures from the world of business and finance.
The highly-select audience is comprised of 200 top managers from Italy and abroad, with precedence given to members of the prestigious Ambrosetti Club. The Forum is an event with major appeal. It is no accident that requests to attend from around the world continue to grow and each year The European House – Ambrosetti finds it difficult to meet the demand.
Among the protagonists of recent Forums have been: Mahmoud Abbas “Abu Mazen”, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Gianni Agnelli, Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat, José María Aznar, Silvio Berlusconi, Joe Biden, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Richard Cheney, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Carlo Cottarelli, Samantha Cristoforetti, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, François Fillon, Joseph Borrell Fontelles, Bill Gates, Fabiola Gianotti, Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, Felipe González, Lindsey Graham, Angel Gurría, Neville Isdell, Alain Juppé, Henry Kissinger, Vaclav Klaus, Christine Lagarde, Enrico Letta, Emmanuel Macron, Sergio Mattarella, John McCain, Mario Monti, Pierre Moscovici, Giorgio Napolitano, Luca Parmitano, Shimon Peres, Romano Prodi, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, S.M. Rania Al-Abdullah Regina del Regno Hashemita di Giordania, Card. Joseph Ratzinger, Matteo Renzi, Michel Rocard, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nouriel Roubini, Wolfgang Schäuble, Eric Schmidt, Helmut Schmidt, George Shultz, Joseph Stiglitz, Jean-Claude Trichet, Herman Van Rompuy, Umberto Veronesi, James Wolfensohn, Wu Hongbo.
What makes the Forum special
The Villa d’Este Forum is a unique event held in a highly-prestigious venue, but the secret of the event’s success lies in its exclusive nature. Since its inception, its sessions have always taken place behind closed doors and it continues to be a unique opportunity for many of the leading players and protagonists on the international economic and political scene to meet and discuss.
Another secret of its success is its ability to involve top-level guests in an exchange of viewpoints and debate of the highest level that is never mundane and focused on issues examined by the professionals of The European House–Ambrosetti. In fact, presented each year at the Forum are some of the most important studies developed within the firm, including with the contribution of authoritative outside experts, on issues relevant to the business community and the Country System.