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Formation 2005
Type think tank
Region served
Frank-Jürgen Richter
Website www.horasis.org

Horasis is an independent think tank based in Zurich, Switzerland, which was established in 2005 by Frank-Jürgen Richter, its chairman.[1]

Horasis holds invitation-only meetings of global business leaders with a regional focus on China, India, and Southeast Asia. Horasis has been dubbed "a kind of junior league World Economic Forum for the emerging market set" by The New York Times;[2] in addition to the regional-focused meetings, Horasis holds the Horasis Global Meeting, and hosts private events for the Horasis Visionary Circle, a peer-to-peer group of entrepreneurs.


Horasis Chairman Frank-Jürgen Richter with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas

Horasis is an independent think tank and provides a platform for cooperation and knowledge-sharing, particularly between developed countries and emerging markets,[3] the community works principally through partnerships with corporations, governments and international organizations, often serving as an incubator for new initiatives.These meetings rotate amongst host countries which stage the events;[4] selected corporations supplement speeches and presentations about actual topics.[5][6]

Horasis meetings are usually held outside the respective geographic location of the 'in-focus' nation - in a host country, the events are a means for the countries 'in focus' as guests (China, India, and South East Asia) to promote benign relations with the world and to display soft power through co-option and cooperation. The meetings are also a platform for the respective host country to engage in a policy dialogue with the guest countries.[7][8]

Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India, at the 2016 Horasis India Meeting (left) and Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Horasis Global Meeting 2016 (right)

Horasis Global Meeting[edit]

The annual Horasis Global Meeting is a gathering of global business people who interact with government officials, scientists and intellectuals, around 500 participants from 70 countries gather every year to discuss issues concerning corporations and societies. The 2016 meeting was held in Liverpool,[9][10] the 2017 Horasis Global Meeting was held at the Portuguese seaside resort of Cascais. Issues such as economic growth, innovation, migration and inequality usually figure in the debates.[11][12]

Regional Meetings[edit]

Horasis holds the Horasis China Meeting, the Horasis India Meeting and the Horasis Asia Meeting on an annual basis;[13] in 2017, the Horasis China Meeting was for the first time held in Sheffield, UK, and was attended by more than 300 Chinese business people, including representatives from state-owned companies, investment funds and private firms, as well as their British counterparts.[14] The international Horasis India Meeting is attended by hundreds of business people and politicians from India and around the world,[15] the Horasis Asia Meeting in 2017 was co-hosted by the Government of West Bengal and the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).[16][17]

Business Leaders of the Year[edit]

Horasis awards the "Business Leaders of the Year" award for entrepreneurs who have been building and leading successful global firms, the award was first given in 2006.[18] Notable recipients include: M. A. Yousuf Ali, Managing Director, Emke Group; Natalya Kaspersky, co-founder, Kaspersky Lab; Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto; Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Chairman, Sistema; Fu Chengyu, Chairman, Sinopec; Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Guo Guangchang, Chairman, Fosun; Li Ruogu, Chairman, China Eximbank; H.E. Mohammad Omran Alshamsi, Chairman, Etisalat; Rajan Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises; and Malvinder Mohan Singh, Chairman, Fortis Healthcare.

The award ceremonies take place at the respective regional meetings.[19][20]


Horasis also serves as a think tank and publishes a wide range of reports which distil the outcomes and observations that emerged from the meetings. Furthermore, Horasis contributes op-eds to the international press.[21][22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian companies to benefit from EU crisis: Expert - CNBC-TV18". Moneycontrol.com. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ Tom Redburn. "Enthusiasm Temepered With Concern, About Business in India". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Article: Emerging markets to the fore". Businesstoday.co.om. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism - Archived Speeches/Articles/Interviews - Global Russia Business Meeting, address by Minister of Commerce". Mcit.gov.cy. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  5. ^ "The Bank of Cyprus at the Global Russia Business Meeting - Bank of Cyprus Country Cyprus". Bankofcyprus.com.cy. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Global China Business Meeting by PwC PwC Luxembourg". Pwc.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Jean-Claude Juncker, Discours à l'occasion du Global China Business Meeting, Luxembourg". Gouvernement.lu. 2010-11-22. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Gunjan Sinha to participate in the Horasis Summit in Naples, Italy – Press Release". Metricstream.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Global leaders arrive in Liverpool for the International Festival for Business 2016". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Big names descending on Liverpool for IFB2016". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Investimento. 200 mil milhões à caçaem Lisboa". Dinheiro Vivo. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Rota do futuro global passapor Cascais". Jornal SOL. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Forum participants confident about future of Chinese economy". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Chinese wowed by Sheffield's huge potential". The Star. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Speech by Minister of State of External Affairs on "Portugal and India - Forging a New Growth Partnership" at the Horasis India Meeting, Cascais (July 03, 2016)". Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  16. ^ "Mandalay Chief Minister calls for foreign investment in India meet". Mizzima. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Digital India: 'Digital companies taking control over global economy a concern'". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Horasis.org. "News :: Business Leader of the Year". Horasis.org. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  19. ^ "Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Horasis Award "Arab Business Leaders of the Year 2010"". Benzinga. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  20. ^ "Horasis :Global China Business Meeting" (PDF). Horasis.org. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  21. ^ Frank-Jürgen Richter (2015-07-18). "The Elephant and Dragon move ahead". Horasis.org. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  22. ^ Richter, Frank-Jürgen. "Trade along China's 'One Belt, One Road' won't succeed without the currency of trust". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  23. ^ Frank-Jürgen, Richter. "How China can be a model of food sustainability for the developing world". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 

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