About Global Forum / Shaping The Future

Since more than 30 years, Global Forum/ Shaping the Future is an annual, international, high-level, not-for-profit think-tank. It is dedicated to the main technological, economic, social, societal, political and ethical issues and challenges that affect the evolution of our digital society.

Often considered as “the Davos of ICT”, it gathers every year more than 250 international experts; national, regional and local policy makers, private and public companies and organizations, academics, NGOs… from more than thirty countries around the world.

Since 1992, the Global Forum is a connector of people and ideas and a catalyst for new thinking and projects across the globe.

Previous editions: 2019 Angers, France; 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark; 2017 Winnipeg, Canada; 2016 The Netherlands; 2015 Oulu, Finland; 2014 Geneva, Switzerland; 2013 Trieste, Italy; 2012 Stockholm Sweden; 2011 Brussels, Belgium; 2010 Washington DC, US; 2009 Bucharest, Romania; 2008 Global Athens, Greece;  2007 Venice, Italy; 2006 Paris, France / 2005 Brussels, Belgium / 2004 Malmö, Sweden / 2003 Rome, Italy / 2002 Washington, USA/ 2001 Newcastle, United-Kingdom/  2000 Sophia -Antipolis, France / 1999 Sophia-Antipolis, France / 1998, Paris, France / 1997 Sophia-Antipolis, France / Rome, Italy / 1996 New York/Washington/San Francisco/Silicon Valley, USA / 1995 Kyoto, Japan / 1994 Paris, France / 1993 Rome, Italy / 1992 Washington DC /New York, USA


ITEMS International 

Items International is an international consulting firm based in Paris, dedicated to Information & Communication Technologies strategies. ITEMS International is specialized in digital technologies and services: broadband, Internet, broadcast and software.

ITEMS proposes a various range of consulting assistance: Strategic studies, Market analysis, International benchmarks, Technological Analysis, Business plans, Due diligence, Roll out assistance.

Created in 1994, the company has a long experience in strategic and marketing consulting, networking, knowledge sharing and transfer. ITEMS has launched a strategic activity in smart grids and smart cities (including contactless, open data, e-Gov, mobility and smart energy). ITEMS operates with public and private institutions, including the European Commission and the French government. The different backgrounds and the versatility of our consultants lead to a unique company’s expertise in the areas of ICT strategies, project management, services and usages.


IKED International Organisation For Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development, Sweden

IKED brings together in-depth expertise on various aspects of international economics, industrial organisation, technology, innovation, enterprise development, organisational change, spatial processes, institutional dynamics and knowledge/technology transfer. It addresses, e.g., the driving forces and consequences of new technologies, such as information and communications technology (ICT) and biotechnology, as well as the conditions shaping learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, dynamic enterprise development and a healthy, living environment.
Looking across traditional boundaries, IKED’s mission encompasses the broader economic & social implications related to the ascent of the knowledge economy. It combines analytical precision and a striving for maximum policy relevance, encompassing the role of key stakeholders.


Qualies – Organisation for Quality and Innovation Strategies, Oman

Operating at the heart of the Middle East, Qualies collaborates with a spectrum of multi-stakeholder partners in the establishment of an independent platform for cross-border learning and collaboration, promoting inclusion, supporting innovation and developing a series of significant project agendas aimed to realize untapped opportunities, capable of true value-generation in harmony with sustainability.Qualies prioritises collaborative action-oriented projects along with the offering of competences and services underpinning an inclusive, creative and sound culture and social development. It promotes enabling polices, a cleaner and greener environment, favourable conditions for newcomers and start-ups, championing curiosity to new ideas and solutions, along with investment and confidence in people through education and capacity-building awareness programs.

Global Forum 2022

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th October 2022

Muscat, OMAN


After two years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Forum / Shaping the Future Event is back!

We are happy to announce the upcoming Global Forum 2022 to take place on Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th October 2022 in Muscat, Oman. The Global Forum 2022 is supported by the Oman Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT).

We are Looking forward to seeing you in person in Oman!

Global Forum / Shaping the Future 2022 Evolving Program

Impressions of Oman

Potential Conference Venue: The Crowne Plaza Muscat









Gala Dinner at the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman (TBC)






For More Information on SPONSORSHIPS & REGISTRATION GLOBAL FORUM / Shaping the Future 2022

Please contact:
Dr. Sylviane Toporkoff, President Global Forum

Ingrid Andersson, CEO, IKED

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