14th Global Citizenship Conference Program
10–26 November 2020
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
- 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.
In conversation with Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and Dr. Parag Khanna, Founder of FutureMap.
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
- 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.
Chair: Hugh Morshead, Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners
Curtis Chin, Former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, the inaugural Asia Fellow of the Milken Institute, and managing director of advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC
Justice Malala, Award-winning journalist, newspaper columnist, author, and entrepreneur
Rob McNeil, Deputy Director and Head of Media and Communications at the Migration Observatory the University of Oxford
Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow, Co-Founder, and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and Founding President of MPI Europe
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session Three: Sovereign Equity: A Lifeline to Countries Battered By the Covid Storm
- This panel discussion 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.
Chair: Hugh Morshead, Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners
Simon Anholt, Nation brand advisor and policy advisor to world leaders, international author, and creator of The Good Country Index
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, TEP, IMCM, Chairman, Henley & Partners
Prof. Kristin Surak, Assistant Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics
Thursday, 19 November 2020 | 09:30am UK GMT +0
Session Four: Investment Migration and the State of Play in Europe
- 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.
Chair: Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO, Henley & Partners
Laura Austin, Head of Investment Migration Due Diligence, BDO, USA
Paddy Blewer, Group Marketing and Communications Director, Henley & Partners
Mark Elsner, Director of Advisory, Oxford Analytica
Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO, Investment Migration Council
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
- 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.
Chair: Yiannos Trisokkas, Managing Partner, Casamont Cyprus
Lili Zhang, Partner, Head of China Desk, Knight Frank, London
Maximilian Stamm, Head of Business Development, Engel & Völkers Private Office, Germany
Kieran Kelleher, Owner & Managing Director, Savills Croatia & Montenegro (Dream Estates Croatia & Montenegro
Heather Floissac, Managing Director, Belle Vue Properties, St. Lucia
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 12:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Six: Eye on Europe – 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.
Chair: Rade Ljumovic, Country Head, Henley & Partners Montenegro
Alex Hopkin, Director, Henley & Partners
Kieran Kelleher, Managing Director and Owner, Montenegro Investment Services / Dream Estates Montenegro
David Margason, Managing Director, Porto Montenegro
Sinisa Topalovic, Managing Partner, Horwath HTL
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 1:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Seven: Eye on Europe – Greece
- 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.
Chair: Christiana Kyriacou, Head of Greece Golden Visa Program, Henley & Partners
Yiannos Trisokkas, Managing Partner, Casamont Cyprus
Nikos Maltezos, Associate, Zepos & Yannopoulos
Elias Eliades, Deputy Director of Investment Promotion & Facilitation, Enterprise Greece
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | 3:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Eight: Eye on Europe – 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.
Chair: Emi Silva, Country Head, Henley & Partners Portugal
Miguel Nuno Cardiga, Partner of the Tax Department of BDO & Associados in Lisbon
Patricia Viana, Partner, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
Sandra Marques, Director Property Services, Henley & Partners Portugal
Nuno da Rocha Correia, Managing Director, Client Management Department, Bison Bank, Portugal
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 10:30am UK GMT +0
Session Nine: Engaging Asia – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand
- 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.
Chair: Dominic Volek, Member of the Executive Committee – Group Head of Private Clients, Henley & Partners
Tony Le Nevez, Country Head for Australia, Henley & Partners
Troy Hanley, Senior Client Advisor, Henley & Partners
Somchai Soongswang, President of Thailand Privilege Card Co. Ltd.
Kylie Luo, Partner, BDO
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 2:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Ten: Colors of the Caribbean – St. Lucia
- In the investment migration industry, due diligence is often falsely characterized as an unnecessary cost - both in capital and in time. But the St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Unit has made no secret of its commitment to governance and transparency. Indeed, the island nation’s dedication to the strictest of policies is at the heart of its new brand identity.
- What recent changes have been implemented to make the process of investing in St. Lucia as efficient and secure as possible? How has St. Lucia adapted its program to the current Covid-19 context? And how does the St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program maximize all potential efficiencies while still remaining committed to the highest governance standards?
Chair: Domenic Presutti, Managing Partner of Henley & Partners Canada
Nestor Alfred, CEO of the St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Unit
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 4:00pm UK GMT +0
Session Eleven: Colors of the Caribbean – 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.
Chair: Gaye Hechme, Managing Director of Island Living Ltd., Antigua and Barbuda
Ambassador Colin Murdoch, Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Chairman, Citizenship-by-Investment Unit, Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Charmaine Donovan, CEO of CIU Antigua & Barbuda
Cameron Fraser, General Manager of Nonsuch Bay Resort
Thursday, 26 November 2020 | 5:30pm UK GMT +0
Session Twelve: Colors of the Caribbean – 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.
Chair: Mahailia Johnson, St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Authorized Agent
Les Khan, CEO, Citizenship-by-Investment Unit, Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
Mohammed Asaria, Co–Founder & Vice Chairman, Range Developments
Mrs. Delores Stapleton-Harris, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, St. Kitts and Nevis
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