Special Keynote

Globalization vs New Alternatives

Today, it is inconceivable for a nation to project its future in isolation. Globalization has connected humanity through cooperation and collaboration, inclusiveness and a sense of shared responsibility in a world we have built together, collectively seeking answers to global challenges. However, the distribution of wealth has not been equal and some of us have been left behind. New narratives presenting new alternatives have been popping up virtually everywhere in the world, inspired by similar fears and needs we all share. Is globalization still the answer or are these new alternatives capable of achieving a better world?

Prime Minister of Belgium 1999-2008 & Chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament (Belgium)

Journalist and International News Editor at Expresso (Portugal)


Dean of Nova Law School (Portugal)