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MottoThe Global Visions Community
Formation2005; 14 years ago (2005)
FounderFrank-Jürgen Richter
TypeNonprofit Think tank
HeadquartersZurich, Switzerland.
Region served
Official language
Frank-Jürgen Richter

Horasis is an independent, international think tank, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 2005, by Frank-Jürgen Richter, former director of the World Economic Forum, Horasis is dedicated to the innovation and development of sustainable emerging markets.[1] The annual Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal, is a gathering of business people with government officials, scientists and intellectuals centered on issues concerning corporations and societies.[2][3]


Horasis Meeting reception at the Hotel Palácio Estoril, in Cascais, on the Portuguese Riviera, near Lisbon.

Horasis provides a platform for cooperation and knowledge-sharing, particularly between developed countries and emerging markets.[4] 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;[5] selected corporations supplement speeches and presentations about actual topics.[6][7]

Horasis meetings are usually held in a host country outside the geographic location of the 'in-focus' nation. The events are a means for the countries 'in focus' as guests (China, India, and South East Asia) to promote relations with the world and to display soft power through co-option and cooperation. The meetings are also a platform for the host country to engage in policy dialogue with the guest countries.[8][9]


Horasis publishes reports based on the meetings, contributes op-eds to the international press and expert opinions for TV news programs.[10][11][12][13]

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.[14] The award ceremonies take place at the regional meetings.[15][16]

Global Meeting[edit]

The annual Horasis Global Meeting is a gathering of business people with government officials, scientists and intellectuals. Around 500 participants from 70 countries gather every year to discuss issues concerning corporations and societies.[17] Issues such as economic growth, innovation, migration and inequality usually figure in the debates.[18][19]

The Global Meeting was first held in Liverpool in 2016, and since 2017 is held annually in Cascais, Portugal.[3]

Regional Meetings[edit]

Horasis holds the Horasis China Meeting, the Horasis India Meeting and the Horasis Asia Meeting on an annual basis.[20] 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.[21] The international Horasis India Meeting is attended by hundreds of business people and politicians from India and around the world.[22] The Horasis Asia Meeting in 2017 was co-hosted by the Government of West Bengal and the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).[23][24]


  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. ^ a b Cave, Andrew. "Horasis Is No Davos But Does The World Need Another Fat Cat Boondoggle?". Forbes. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Article: Emerging markets to the fore". Businesstoday.co.om. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Global China Business Meeting by PwC PwC Luxembourg". Pwc.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Gunjan Sinha to participate in the Horasis Summit in Naples, Italy – Press Release". Metricstream.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  10. ^ Richter, Frank-Jurgen. "The Western Order Is About to Be Upended, Unless Leaders Listen to the Middle Class". agency Newsweek. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Horasis Chairman on Global Meeting, China, Trade". Bloomberg Markets. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Horasis Chairman Frank-Jürgen Richter talks to BBC". BBC World Service. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Global gains, local losses? Frank-Jurgen Richter, chairman of Horasis". RT — Worlds Apart. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  14. ^ Horasis.org. "News :: Business Leader of the Year". Horasis.org. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  15. ^ "Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Horasis Award "Arab Business Leaders of the Year 2010"". Benzinga. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  16. ^ "Horasis :Global China Business Meeting" (PDF). Horasis.org. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  17. ^ "Big names descending on Liverpool for IFB2016". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Investimento. 200 mil milhões à caçaem Lisboa". Dinheiro Vivo. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Rota do futuro global passapor Cascais". Jornal SOL. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Forum participants confident about future of Chinese economy". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Chinese wowed by Sheffield's huge potential". The Star. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Mandalay Chief Minister calls for foreign investment in India meet". Mizzima. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Digital India: 'Digital companies taking control over global economy a concern'". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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