14th Global Citizenship Conference Overview
10–26 November 2020
Henley & Partners is pleased to be hosting our 14th annual Global Citizenship Conference this November 2020. Following the highly successful 13th Global Citizenship Conference in London last year, Henley & Partners is excited to be organizing its first ever virtual Global Citizenship Conference, with the intention of reaching an even wider audience from across the world.
In view of the unprecedented events that have transpired this year, our annual event, which is the world’s largest and most significant conference on investment migration, will be entirely virtual. With no geographical constraints, we are delighted to be able to include pre-eminent speakers of the highest calibre from around the globe.
While the viewing format has changed, you can still expect an impressive program featuring industry leaders, top-tier international service providers, and senior government officials who will explore pertinent topics and share information on the latest updates and developments in residence and citizenship planning.
Register for the conference here.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session One: The Future of Human Migration and Mobility: How the Coronavirus Has Upended the World
Introduction: Hugh Morshead, Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners
In conversation with Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman, Henley & Partners and Dr. Parag Khanna, Founder of FutureMap:
- The coronavirus imposed the strictest lockdown in history, completely freezing international migration and global mobility. Yet all the forces that compel people to uproot themselves and move are accelerating.
- In this opening session, Dr. Khanna will treat us to a preview of his latest book Move – Humanity’s New Geography (due to be published in 2021) in conversation with Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, investment migration pioneer.
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session Two: The Emerging New Global Mobility Hierarchy in the Covid Era: Beyond the Henley Passport Index Rankings
Chair: Hugh Morshead, Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners
- High-profile commentators from across the globe will consider what lies ahead for the USA in the wake of the 2020 presidential election and contemplate EU–UK mobility post the Brexit transition at the end of the year.
- The wider implications of restricted mobility for citizens of African countries and how Southeast Asia could provide a leading example of expanded, pandemic-driven regional cooperation will also be examined.
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session Three: Sovereign Equity: A Lifeline to Countries in the Covid Storm
Chair: Hugh Morshead, Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners
- The Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia will be participating in this panel discussion, which will contemplate the capacity of investment migration programs to provide an immediate liquidity injection of debt-free foreign capital that can be used by host nations to buffer the impact of the pandemic and create significant societal value.
- At worst, Covid-19 may carve new (and deepen existing) divides and inequalities. At best, it could fast-track us to a better world if countries can learn to cooperate rather than compete in today’s world of global disorder.
Thursday, 19 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session Four: Investment Migration and the State of Play in Europe
Chair: Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO, Henley & Partners
- Amid the battle to protect EU borders and advance the bloc's unity, it is unsurprising that Brussels is concerned that citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs might heighten the enduring risk posed by money laundering, terrorism financing, and the infiltration of individuals with ties to non-EU organized crime groups.
- But how real is the threat, and do CBI programs seriously present a significant security risk to the EU? Oxford Analytica recently completed an assessment of the risks to the EU from CBI programs for Henley & Partners. The key findings will be unpacked and discussed in this session.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 10:30am UK GMT +0
Session Five: Real-Estate Linked Investment Migration as a Portfolio Diversification Option: A Smart Strategy for Futureproofing High-Net-Worth Families
Chair: Yiannos Trisokkas, Managing Partner, Casamont Cyprus
- International real estate has always been a reliable asset class for global investors due to its long-term staying power. Real estate-linked investment migration programs have the additional advantage of enhancing one’s options for relocation or retirement, or both.
- The impact of Covid-19 on real estate markets across the globe and in the EU in particular will be considered in this session, which will also take a closer look at the markets and options available in several countries that host key residence- and citizenship-by-investment programs.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 12:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Six: Eye on Europe – Montenegro
Chair: Rade Ljumovic, Country Head, Henley & Partners Montenegro
- A relative newcomer to the investment migration industry, interest in the Montenegro Citizenship-by-Investment Program has been steadily rising. What is the drawcard for the world’s uber rich to this tiny European nation?
- In addition to covering the program itself, the potential risks and numerous rewards of investing in Montenegro will also be considered in this session, along with the steps Montenegro is taking to ensure it maintains its old-world charm, which makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 1:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Seven: Eye on Europe – Greece
Chair: Christiana Kyriacou, Head of Greek Residence Program, Henley & Partners
- Greece offers one of the most affordable European real estate-linked residence-by-investment programs available, making it possible to own a vacation home in a country that is often perceived as a dream holiday destination.
- In addition to providing an overview of the Greece Golden Visa Program, this session will cover the various investment opportunities available including real estate options across the various Greek islands, and explore whether there is additional return on investment over and above the obvious benefits.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 3:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Eight: Eye on Europe – Portugal
Chair: Emi Silva, Country Head, Henley & Partners Portugal
- Portugal launched one of the very first golden visa programs back in 2012 as part of its efforts to attract foreign direct investment in the face of the declining Portuguese real estate market. Fast forward to today, not only has the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program rescued the Portuguese real estate market, raised funds for the country, and boosted its economy, but it is also one of the most popular real estate-linked golden visa programs in Europe. According to a new Savills report, high-end prices in the city of Lisbon have jumped 98% in the last decade. Despite the pandemic, Lisbon is predicted to continue outperforming other cities such as London, Dubai, and Shanghai over the next five years.
- This session will consider the abiding appeal of Portugal and its Golden Residence Permit Program, the new investment fund option and explore other high potential Portuguese cities for real estate investment.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 10:30am UK GMT +0
Session Nine: Engaging Asia – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand
Chair: Dominic Volek, Member of the Executive Committee – Group Head of Private Clients, Henley & Partners
- Asia has long been held in high regard, be it for business, tourism, or residence. Whether you are considering where to launch a start-up or looking for a safe place to relocate your family or an attractive retirement destination, Asia has it all.
- This session will consider residence options in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand, who they appeal to, and the aspects that should typically be factored in when making a decision, such as the potential tax and financial planning considerations for each jurisdiction.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 2:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Ten: Colors of the Caribbean – St. Lucia
Chair: Alana Eugene-Dujon, Senior Manager, Henley & Partners St. Lucia
- St. Lucia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been highly commended the world over. In August, the US Center for Disease Control reduced St. Lucia’s Covid-19 rating to the lowest level, Level 1, along with just seven other countries globally at the time.
- In addition to covering the St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program itself, this session will explore how the small island nation managed this remarkable feat and initiated its recovery from the pandemic so swiftly, along with how St. Lucia has adapted its citizenship-by-investment program to the current context.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 4:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Eleven: Colors of the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda
Chair: Gaye Hechme, Managing Director of Island Living Ltd., Antigua and Barbuda
- Antigua and Barbuda’s University of West Indies (UWI) Fund option was launched in May 2020. Applicable for larger families (six or more), in addition to citizenship it grants one family member a one-year scholarship at UWI.
- In addition to covering the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship-by-Investment Program itself, this session will consider Antigua and Barbuda’s emphasis on education and whether this move will see an infusion of skill and talent into the country. As one of the fastest growing Caribbean economies, the session will also explore whether Antigua and Barbuda is slowly reducing its reliance on tourism.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 5:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Twelve: Colors of the Caribbean – St. Kitts and Nevis
Chair: Mahailia Johnson, Head of St. Kitts Office, Henley & Partners St. Kitts and Nevis
- In 1984, St. Kitts and Nevis became the first country in the world to establish a citizenship-by-investment (CBI) program. In 2007 the program was reformed substantially with the professional assistance of Henley & Partners, which made it into one of the most successful such programs of the world to date.
- Over the past few years the country has been especially focused on advancing its healthcare and health services sector, which has stood the country in good stead during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- This session will explore how the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program has stood the test of time, successfully adapting to the changing global and regional dynamics.
Register for the conference here.