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21-24 JUNE 2021
Virtual Conference

The Global Summit


Live broadcasts, pre-recorded sessions and networking opportunities, wherever you are in the world
All times are in Central European Time
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The New Normal
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Special Keynote & Opening: Welcome to the “New Normal”

The Global Summit aims to provide delegates, speakers and sponsors the opportunity to learn more about how our industry has worked tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 – and promote the CEO-backed roadmaps that are being delivered by our Coalitions of Action to help our industry create the right kind of new normal.

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
Lessons from Covid-19 & Its Multifaceted Impact

How is the crisis impacting the global economy and our lives as citizens and consumers? How do we collectively build resilience and what will we keep from it?

Post-Covid-19 Consumers Trends

Experts will explore if and how Covid-19 led to different shopping behaviour. What changed? What will stay with us? How did consumers habits evolve from one region to another? Experts from Bain & Company, BCG and Futerra will guide us into consumers new habits.


2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Delegates Networking & CEOs Only Sessions (upon invitation )
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
“E-everything” as the Shopping New Normal?

Covid-19 accelerated the digital transformation and posed very specific challenges to the CPG industry: how to build profitable online business models? How to address the complexity of on-line grocery? How to improve consumers’ digital experience? how will the online grocery value chain look like in the future?

Ocado Group
Fireside Chat

Lessons learned from the third largest US retailer: how to adapt and still grow in a crisis period? What kind of leadership is required in times like these? How to combine resilience and projection into the future?

Chairman & CEO
The Kroger Co.
What’s Next: Insights from CEOs Panel

Malina Ngai, CEO, AS Watson – tbc
Takaaki Nishii, CEO, Ajinomoto – tbc
David Taylor, CEO, P&G – tbc

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Special Sessions
See Through the Looking Glass: A Sneak Peek at Consumption in the Post COVID-19 Era
Cracking the Code on Consumers’ Health and Wellness Preferences
Thrill your Customers and Leapfrog Competition with a Platform Play
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
How to Change a Retail Company's Culture? A View from Russia

Jan Dunning will share the journey Magnit has been going through to adapt its core business, ways of working and company culture to the global challenges of our time: sustainability at large applied to a specific local market.

Agile & Innovative Retail in Turbulent Times: A View from the Middle-East

Ofra Strauss will share how a family-owned company investment in innovation allows it to grow stronger and more agile as well as build resilience in turbulent times.

Strauss Group
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Delegate Networking & CEOs Only Sessions (upon invitation)

Please note that this programme may be subject to change.


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What will the 2021 edition of the Global Summit be like?

In 2021, the Global Summit will be fully virtual, for the first time ever, in order to ensure the safety of our global community during the Covid-19 crisis. 

It will take place from 1pm CET on Monday, 21st June, to 4pm CET on Thursday, 24th June. Everyday, sessions will take place from 10am to 7pm CET, meaning there will always be something happening whenever you choose to connect.  

As in the other 63 physical editions of the annual Summit, our focus in 2021 is to deliver great content and allow you to reconnect with your peers from around the world. We are bringing the same high-level speakers to the virtual stage; we are bringing even more great insights and learnings to the virtual table; and we are giving you the opportunity to network from the comfort of your own home or office.

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What is the format of the Global Summit this year?

We are working on a programme and speakers lineup that will have the same level of quality, engagement and expertise as the physical editions of the event. Conscious of time differences, we have built the programme around Prime-Time Content Slots, where delegates from multiple time zones will be able to connect and participate in live sessions with high-level speakers. We will have something for everyone: wherever you are in the world, you will be able to connect at a time convenient for you and access both live broadcasts and pre-recorded sessions – Speaker Sessions and Panels, Special Sessions, Breakouts, Coalition Meetings, and much more. Networking breaks will also ensure you reconnect with your peers from the industry, as in a physical event.

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What will the Global Summit 2021 talk about?

Themed “Now What?”, the 2021 Summit aims to provide delegates, speakers and sponsors the opportunity to learn more about how our industry has worked tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 – and promote the CEO-backed roadmaps that are being delivered by our Coalitions of Action to help our industry create the right kind of new normal. Over the course of four days, we will be discussing The New Normal and all its implications to businesses, consumers, supply chains and employees; where the Opportunities, Challenges & Priorities lie ahead; how we can build back better through Positive Change & Collaboration; and what should be expected from The Way Forward.

You can check the programme and speakers pages for more information.

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How do I register?

The Global Summit is exclusive to CGF member companies. 
Each year, a few select non-member companies are invited to discover the Global Summit via our Discovery Programme. 

On the Register page, please complete the registration form. Your registration will be reviewed and you will receive, in a few days, an email to complete and pay for your registration. 

A unique professional email address must be associated with each registration, to receive the login information. 

If you are unsure about your company’s membership, you can check our members list to or contact our membership team.

If you’d like more information about the Discovery Programme, please contact our Discovery Programme team.

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How do I join the sessions?

Prior to the event, you will receive your personal code and a link to join the sessions, to the email address you provided on your registration form. 

Your registration gives access to all the live and pre-recorded sessions, as well as to all the networking possibilities and exhibition area, across all time zones. We encourage delegates to attend several sessions to get maximum value. 

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Who will attend the Global Summit this year?

The physical editions of the Global Summit gather together 1,000+ CEOs and C-suite executives of CGF member companies from all over the world. The virtual edition will offer new opportunities for those who could not travel, due to the pandemics, and who will be able to join their peers virtually in June. 

A virtual platform, optimised for ease-of-use while ensuring delegates and top CEOs regular networking opportunities, will ensure you can effectively engage and network across the week, to foster deeper relationships and chat one-on-one around topics impacting your business.  

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Will recordings / an executive summary be available?

Pre-recorded sessions and recordings of previous broadcasted sessions will be available during the event. Videos will also be available after the event, when authorised by speakers.

An Executive Summary will be distributed electronically after the event to all delegates, with the main takeaways and insights.

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I would love to be more than a delegate - are there any sponsorship or exhibition opportunities?

Yes! We are very thankful for the companies that support the Global Summit. Confirmed sponsors will be announced soon. 

There are still some sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available! For more information, contact our sponsorship team.

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I still have questions, who should I contact?

If you have any further questions concerning the 2021 virtual edition of the Global Summit, please send a message to the Summit Team

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What are the networking opportunities during the Global Summit?


Access to the platform will be possible a few days before the Summit, presenting a questionnaire on your reasons for attending and your main points of interest. This will create a list of other participants with the same interests and objectives as you, who you will be able to get in touch with.



Virtual Meeting Rooms

Book a virtual meeting room with video and screen sharing functions for up to 20 people in visio conference, straight from the platform – no need to download extra software. For information on costs and availability, please contact our Sponsorship Team





Guided Networking Rooms

During the networking breaks, you will have access to the Guided Networking Rooms – dedicated rooms to discuss a theme of great interest for your business.

Availability of rooms and topics will be limited and chosen in accordance to our content guidelines. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact us at your earliest convenience.





Discussion Board

The main entry point to the platform will be done via your feed, where links to the sessions and videos will be available, as well as a menu for easy access to contacts, matchmaking, programme, your personalised agenda and more.

The feed, or discussion board, is where delegates will interact with one another. The Summit team, speakers, sponsors and all delegates are encouraged to share content – text, images, video and links – and react to it, building a real, engaged online community for the duration of the event.











Scheduled Meetings

When you find a fellow delegate who you would like to connect with, just click on his/her profile and send a meeting invitation via message. At the scheduled date and timing, just launch the meeting from inside the platform.







Text and Video Chats

You will have access to the complete list of delegates, and will be able to get in touch with them by text or video chat. Just find the person you’d like to connect with, click on the “Start conversation” button and send a chat request. You can add more users as you need.
And, if you prefer to transform the chat into a video call, when using the web app, just click on the camera button and have access to all of the features, including screen sharing.



*Pictures shown for illustration purpose only. Elements that make up the images will be modified by the Global Summit platform developers.