Villars Institute Summit 2024


Villars Institute Summit 2024


The Villars Institute Summit 2024 will take place on 20-23 March at the Villars Palace Hotel with over 280 experts, entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists. The aim of the Summit is to address the climate and biodiversity crises holistically through interdisciplinary cooperation to accelerate systemic change.


- (90mins)

Hotel Check-In & Summit Registration

  • Check-in for guests @ Victoria Hotel & @ Villars Palace
  • Registration and badge pick-up @ Villars Palace

- (15mins)

Theatre - Plenary Hall

01 Objectives of the 2024 Villars Institute Summit

Introduction to the mission and ambition of the Villars Institute Foundation and the objectives of the “Villars Summit.”
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Emma Benameur

- (75mins)

Theatre - Plenary Hall

02 Achieving Net Zero & Nature Positive in Tandem

Climate change is driving nature loss while nature can help humanity mitigate, and adapt to, climate change. Yet the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the 29th COP to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) take place separately and less than two weeks apart. Join a plenary discussion on how to align strategic narratives and transition pathways.
Doug Gurr
Nik Gowing
Sonia Medina
Cameron Hepburn

- (45mins)

Theatre - Plenary Hall

03 The 3rd Villars Institute Distinguished Lecture

Lord Malloch-Brown is the president of the Open Society Foundations and has advanced sustainable development, human rights, and justice for more than four decades. He began his career as a journalist at the Economist and as an international refugee worker. This was followed by a distinguished career in international affairs that includes serving as UN deputy secretary‐general and chief of staff under Kofi Annan and as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he led the creation of the Millennium Development Goals. Malloch-Brown was knighted for his contribution to international affairs and is currently on leave from the British House of Lords.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will give the 3rd Villars Institute Distinguished Lecture and explore the geopolitical and multilateral pathways to accelerate the transition to a Net Zero and Nature Positive economy.

Mark Malloch-Brown
Julia Marton-Lefèvre


- (120mins)


04 Villars Institute Welcome Dinner