What if the Eurozone crisis was just the beginning of what’s in store for Europe? The currency and debt crisis may be the one grabbing the headlines these days but Europe is facing additional challenges that are just as destructive in political, social, demographic, strategic areas and in clinging to an outdated model that delivered the goods for a while but failed to adapt to a changing world. Is Europe doomed? What if it fell apart? Do Greece, Italy and others stand a chance? Will the Euro survive? Will the continent sink back into the instability and rivalries it has known for centuries? What does it all mean to America, China and others? Understanding these multi-dimensional challenges is key to understanding not only the current crisis but also where Europe is going and where it could take the rest of the world in the years ahead. In his keynote presentations, Francesco M. Bongiovanni offers a unique, panoramic view of the intractable challenges faced by the continent today and which threaten to blow the entire edifice into pieces. Whether discussing the future of the EU, the debt crisis, demographics, immigration, the influence of welfare states, the geopolitics of the region and what the news of the day means for the future of Europe, Bongiovanni provides a candid and thoughtful view on what Europe—and the rest of the world—must to do correct the European imbalances that threaten to wreak havoc across the globe.
Having witnessed first-hand the dynamism of America and the Far East, Harvard-educated entrepreneur Francesco Bongiovanni returned to find a decaying Europe, prompting him to paint a unique, multi-dimensional portrait of Europe that leads to the conclusion that increasing impoverishment, instability and fragmentation are inescapable. The author of The Decline and Fall of Europe—which has been labeled “a wake-up call for the twenty-first century” by The Guardian and praised by The Wall Street Journal as the best account to date of the European crises, Bongiovanni takes a hard look at the structural elements, many of which have been in place since World War II, that have collided to produce a Eurozone that is in crisis and having direct implications on the global economic recovery. In tailored discussions suited to the needs of the audience, Bongiovanni presents in an engaging and accessible style based on his meticulous research to provide a balanced, detailed, comprehensive and informative picture of the challenges that face Europe and what the global political and business community must do to confront these issues before its too late. Bongiovanni—who holds a Harvard MBA and an engineering doctorate—spent several decades in Asia, Europe, Africa and the US as an investment banker in private equity and international advisory and as an entrepreneur.