What they said

Lewis JUST
Co-founder, The ECO coin (Netherlands)

“Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of WFRE19. I had a fantastic time and was able to connect with some brilliant people from university students to companies interested in exploring a new collaboration. It was an amazing audience and a pleasure to interact with so many forward thinking people. Thank you for supporting me in this and for helping to facilitate such a great forum! Many thanks.”


Director and Founder, Eco2librium (Kenya)

“I wanted to say thank you for involving Eco2librium and myself in the World Forum. And thank you for all your hard work. It was very humbling and inspiring to be among all the people working so hard to do good work. I hope that we can stay in touch as sometimes our world in Kenya and even in the states can feel very removed from all the action.”


Professional Manager, Hackaveret (Israel)

“I wanted to say once again what a great experience I had. Everything was so professional and impressive—from the variety of panels to the different activities arranged for the speakers. I was glad to contribute my experience for the forum—all members of our panel left it with a great feeling. Thank you for the opportunity and all the efforts put into this forum.”


CEO, Maala (Israel)

“I would like to thank you for including me in the World Forum community and for the very warm welcome in Lille! I enjoyed my session (hopefully others did so too…) and as ever, impressed with the overhaul body of work and thoughts that the forum presents. The extent and diversity of the speakers this year was extremely impressive. Many thanks (...) and looking forward to future collaboration!”


Deputy Chief Executive, The Mauritius Commercial Bank (Republic of Mauritius)

“A quick note to thank you for this great event and to the promoters for having kindly invited me. The sessions were all inspiring and I hope the attendees will share the same view. I hope you have a good day tomorrow and that MCB will be able to participate next year in what was a very inspiring though provoking event. Thanks again for making it possible for me to be a speaker.”


Founder, WoeLab (Togo)

“Thanks again WFRE for this invitation and the lovely welcome in Lille. Amazing conjunction and beautiful moment of discussion during this panel. Looking forward to seeing you soon somewhere...”



Founder, Bugging Denmark (Denmark)

“I want to thank you for inviting me to the Forum. You guys were great hosts and it was a pleasure to participate. I am returning home inspired and feeling like we are not alone in our values and goals.”



Hector BANDAHector BANDA
Executive President, Sylva Foods (Zambia)

“It was an eye-opener and I learnt many new ideas and thinking about how we should nurture our world. Yes, there is hope! Sylvia and I wish to extend congratulations on amiable President Vasseur and his dedicated team that managed the conference so professionally. Additionally, we look forward to attending the 13th edition!”


Co-founder, Zingerman's Delicatessen (USA)

“It was an honor to be invited and asked to present at the Forum. I met many interesting and inspiring people from around the world.”



Co-founder & President, Sistema B (Argentina)

“Last week in Lille was an unforgettable moment of emotions, new and wonderful people! MANY thanks to YOU all and to the wonderful teams that worked together with great proficiency, dedication and human quality.”



Public Affairs Director, UPS (France)

“It was a pleasure to be among you and one of the most pleasant event I attended this year. Thanks again for inviting UPS.”



david katzDavid KATZ
Founder & President, Plastic Bank (Canada)

“I feel that an organization capable of uniting opinion leaders, while facilitating the sharing of ideas and creating synergies among individuals to promote change has got to be wonderful.”



Board Member, Roquette Frères (France)

“It really feels like being at the heart of the transformation leading to the New World. I'm thrilled by what's happening. As partners, we fully support the initiative, which is seen as a path to a brighter future and source of enthusiasm. We're very pleased to be associated with this exciting event.”


Founder & President, Green Dreams Ltd (Kenya)

“For me, the World Forum is a fantastic event. It's an honor to be able to participate. I've met so many interesting people and have learned a tremendous amount of valuable lessons regarding corporate projects that seek to institute sustainable change.”


Director, Cooperatives Europe (Belgium)

“The World Forum is a great opportunity for all those interested in exploring different ways of doing business, where people and planet come in first. There are many people to meet, many experiences to learn from and above all lots of inspiration to take in!”


CSO, Max Burgers (Sweden)

“I was quite amazed of the World Forum in Lille 2013. The forum itself is great organized and was very easy to overview in spite that the number of participants was more than 6,300 during the 3 days that the forum took place. The theme this year, “Yes We Change” appealed me and is desperately needed in the world of today. The world is looking for answers and the many good examples you could meet in Lille makes me want to recommend the World Forum in Lille to anyone that wants to be a change maker or just helping the world to change.”


Fabrice HANSÉFabrice HANSÉ
Executive Director, Red Forum Empresa (Panama)

“Once again a standard-setting event, the 2013 edition was packed with great speakers, excellent networking opportunities, and creative sessions meant to get to the bottom of issues. And all this free of cost! The team at the World Forum is really committed to have you get the most of your 3 days in Lille. I already look forward to the 2014 edition.”


Founder & Executive Director, Globethics (Switzerland)

“More and more people are looking for a new economy to overcome the current impasses. The World Forum offers such a Forum, the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva offers a global multistakeholder one. Many other events look for it. What is needed is cooperation between these events and online workgroups and innovative processes. I am ready to contribute to this networking.”


Hang MAIHang MAI
Founder & Manager, Xanh (Vietnam)

“Like any forum, the World Forum is a great opportunity to meet people from every corner of the world. However, it is really inspiring to meet entrepreneurs who have their heart on the left and their wallet on the right, who do sustainable development because it is something inborn, inbuilt to them, as natural as our breath.”


Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Centro América (Costa Rica)

“The World Forum shares with the world's best examples of business practices in order to lead others to encourage them to do business nobly and ethics, showing that it is possible to be productive and profitable while sensitive to human needs to live peacefully.”


Niall O'SHEANiall O'SHEA
Head of Responsible Investing, Co-operative Asset Management (United Kingdom)

“I spoke at this forum in 2010 and thought the programme was wide-ranging, lively and democratic in its approach. I wish it well in the future...”




Executive Director, CSR – Russian Centre (Russia)

“The World Forum became an appreciable international event in the field of responsible economy in quite a short period of time. During its plenary and seminar sessions business people and CSR/SD specialists share their experiences in introducing and conducting socially and environmentally friendly oriented businesses. The Forum is very well organized, inviting top level speakers (...) from many countries.”


Executive Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (USA)

“The World Forum is a fantastic global conference, looking at issues that drive capital market growth and social change from a European perspective.”



Katsuyuki KUBOKatsuyuki KUBO
Professor, Waseda University (Japan)

“I talked at this forum in 2009. It was a great experience for me to attend this conference as I had a chance to talk to people who have various background, from academics, financial institutions, labor unions and NPOs. It is not very common that you can obtain opinion from various viewpoints. I recommend this forum for business person, students and academics.”


General Manager, Paltel Group Foundation (Palestine)

“It was my first time participating in the World Forum; it was a great opportunity as I was the only speaker from an Arabic/Palestinian company. (...) I started to connect the organizers with Arabic networks to increase the participation from our area. I would encourage companies to participate, when things come to CSR and corporate sustainable nothing is written and it is all about practicing and learning from each others.”



“This is my third time here. The World Forum is always very inspiring with plenty of fascinating testimonials. It's a highly innovative event!”


Business Owner

“I find this approach really interesting. What impresses me most is the region's handling of some key issues that are fundamental and extremely critical. I appreciate this link between the local territory and the outside world.”