2012 - 28th YLC - Trieste, Italy

The New Demographics

On October 4 – 6, 2012, in Trieste, the Council for the United States and Italy held in Trieste its 28th annual Young Leaders Conference on the subject "The New Demographics".
The conference brought together 49 participants from Italy, the United States, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Japan, India, Poland, Portugal, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, and the UK.
They examined the changing global landscape in demographics caused by aging and population peaks both in the industrialized world and some emerging countries and considered how individuals, business, and governments can respond to these challenges.
The meeting started on Thursday, October 4, with an opening plenary at which three pre-selected participants introduced various aspects of the conference subject. At dinner the invited speaker was Orio Giarini, an internationally known Trieste-born economist, Director of The Risk Institute (a think tank based in Geneva and Trieste).
On Friday, October 5, participants met at the MIB School of Management where Gabriele Galateri di Genola, Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali (alumnus of the Council’s Young Leaders Program himself and member of the Council for the US and Italy) gave a speech. Young Leaders then divided into three regionally-balanced working groups in order to discuss the topics: "Social dimension", "Business dimension", and "Government dimension". 
At lunch the group met Tim Baxter, Associate Director of the MBA in International Business and Senior Internal Faculty and Member of the Leadership Development area at the MIB School of Management. 
Friday dinner took place at Castello di Spessa, hosted by Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli Venezia Giulia. 
On Saturday, October 7, the plenary was held at the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia’s building, inside the “Salone d’Onore” room. Participants discussed the working groups’ reports and debated general conclusions. They also met Renzo Tondo, President of the Region, who illustrated how demography is changing the political agenda of regional and national governments. Friuli Venezia Giulia (whose Trieste is regional capital) ranks second among Italian regions with a 23.4% of population over 65 years of age. In 2050 this percentage will reach 32.3%. 
The group was then hosted by Costa Cruises on board “Costa Classica” ship. After lunch, Young Leaders were briefed by Fabrizia Greppi (Vice President Corporate Communications) and Paolo Mattesi (Safety & Occupational Health Operations Director) on the theme “Behind the Scenes of a Modern Day Cruise Ship”.
The Young Leaders Conference contained a significant Trieste component, including a tour and wine tasting at Villa Russiz Wine Estate, and a guided walking tour of sites of historical interest in downtown Trieste.
The event was organized with the generous support of Assicurazioni Generali, one of the most significant players in the global insurance and financial products market, and Intesa Sanpaolo, among the top banking groups in the euro zone.