Adapting Governance

October 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Cities and mayors have taken a leading role in addressing challenges that transcend national boundaries: climate change, migration, and, most recently, a global health emergency. The frequent disconnect between national and local governments, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, has made it increasingly necessary for cities to assume non-traditional leadership roles and shape city-focused dialogues on global governance.

As the world deals with the pandemic and eventually transitions into a post-COVID reality, can the city remain a key instrument and platform for addressing global challenges?



All times listed below are in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, Chicago

10:15 - 10:35 a.m.

Fireside Chat | The Balancing Act: A European Perspective

Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor, Dublin 

Leoluca Orlando, Mayor, Palermo
Moderator: Leyla Boulton, Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports, Financial Times 

10:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Interview | A Global Perspective on the Pandemic Response

Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister, New Zealand

Moderator: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

10:45 - 11:05 a.m.

A National Perspective from the US

Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Suzanne Clark, President, US Chamber of Commerce 

11:05 - 11:50 a.m.

Panel | A Local Perspective: On the Ground in US Cities

Jenny Durkan, Mayor, Seattle

Bill Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh

Francis X. Suarez, Mayor, Miami

Moderator: Gillian Tett, Chair Editorial Board, Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

11:50 - 11:55 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

11:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Intermission Break


12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

VIP Breakouts 

(by invitation only)



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Asia Editor, Financial Times 

Hong Kong

Jamil Anderlini was appointed Asia editor of the Financial Times in January 2016 to oversee all editorial operations throughout Asia. He previously served as Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times, Beijing business correspondent at the South China Morning Post, and chief editor of the China Economic Review. Anderlini has won numerous awards, including a UK Foreign Press Association Award, several individual SOPA awards, and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012. In 2013, Anderlini was named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum and shortlisted for Foreign Reporter of the Year at The Press Awards in the UK. He received a BA in English from Victoria University of Wellington. Anderlini was named a Finance Leaders Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2019.


Twitter: @JamilAnderlini

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Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports, Financial Times 


Leyla Boulton is an executive editor at the Financial Times and the editor of FT special reports. She joined the FT as a correspondent in Moscow in 1990 covering the fall of the Soviet Union and the birth of 15 independent states. As the global environment correspondent, she reported on the Kyoto protocol negotiations, the world’s first attempt to limit carbon emissions. From 1998, Boulton served as FT’s Turkey correspondent for five years. Since 2003, Boulton’s roles have included international economy news editor and web pioneer driving the integration of online and print news at the FT. Boulton studied Russian at Cambridge University and earned an MA in international journalism from London’s City University. In 1992, she was part of the team that won a UK press award for the Financial Times’ investigation into Robert Maxwell. A US-UK national of Turkish origin, Boulton was highly commended at the Asian Women of Achievement awards UK in 2019.


Twitter: @leylaboulton

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Lord Mayor, Dublin


Hazel Chu is the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the 9th woman to hold the office. In 2019, she became the first Green Party councilor to be elected in the local elections, topping the poll with over 4,000 first preference votes, and was also elected chair of the Party. She studied politics and history at University College Dublin and trained to be a barrister at Kings Inns. During this time, she worked as a fundraising consultant for non-profits and as a production manager for music festivals. After being called to the Bar in 2007, she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong, and Guilin. Later, she was a recipient of a fellowship by UCD Smurfit School and worked in New York for Bord Bia. In 2013, she became Diageo’s head of brand, corporate, and trade communications. Hazel Chu is a first-generation college graduate. She was born and raised in Dublin, and now lives in Ranelagh with her partner and their two-year-old daughter.


Twitter: @hazechu

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Former Prime Minister, New Zealand


Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change. She then became the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, as the first woman to lead the organization. She is currently the co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR). She is also the chair and co-chair of several other international organizations, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. Clark is a frequent contributor to conferences and events on issues related to sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and women leadership.


Twitter: @HelenClarkNZ

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President, US Chamber of Commerce

Washington, DC

Suzanne Clark is president of the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world. Clark focuses on strategy, government relations, and market innovation, working in support of the Chamber’s more than 3 million member companies internationally. She leads a wide range of policy and operational initiatives at the quarter-billion-dollar organization. Prior to rejoining the US Chamber in 2014, where she had previously served as chief operating officer, Clark served as president of the National Journal Group, an arm of the Atlantic Media Company. She also acquired and led Potomac Research Group, a prominent financial information boutique. As a seasoned business owner, Clark remains passionate about the need to create an environment where companies can innovate, grow, and flourish. Clark earned a BA, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Georgetown University, and lives in Virginia with her husband and their daughter.


Twitter: @SuzanneUSCC



President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: How America Abdicated Its Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay) (2018). Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Twitter: @IvoHDaalder

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Mayor, Seattle


Mayor Jenny Durkan entered office on November 28, 2017 with a commitment to making Seattle affordable and inclusive for all. Mayor Durkan has delivered on the promise of two years of free college for Seattle high school students, expanded access to affordable pre-k, and provided free transit to students. She has prioritized expanding outreach to people experiencing homelessness and led historic investments in housing. Before becoming Mayor, Mayor Durkan was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in the country’s history. Mayor Durkan, one of eight children, is a proud Seattle-area native. She and her partner, Dana [DAN-uh], have two sons. 


Twitter: @MayorJenny

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Deputy Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Washington, DC

Eric D. Hargan is the deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As such, he is the chief operating officer and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the Department in addition to leading policy and strategy development. Mr. Hargan was sworn into office as deputy secretary of the HHS on October 6, 2017. He immediately served as acting secretary of HHS from October 2017 to January 2018. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hargan served as acting deputy secretary and as the regulatory policy officer, where he oversaw the development and approval of all HHS, CMS, and FDA regulations. He received his BA cum laude from Harvard University and his JD from Columbia University Law School, where he was senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. In between his tours of duty at HHS, Mr. Hargan taught at Loyola Law School in Chicago focusing on administrative law and healthcare regulations. Mr. Hargan lives in Virginia with his wife and their two sons.


Twitter: @DepSecHargan

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Mayor, Chicago


Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. Since assuming office, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding inclusive growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics reforms, worker protection legislation, as well as key investments in education, public safety and financial stability. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Lightfoot has led a coordinated, citywide response to address its impact, including the creation of the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team and the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, among other actions. Prior to her election, Mayor Lightfoot served as a senior equity partner at Mayer Brown. Previously, she served as president of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the chair of the Police Accountability Task Force. Mayor Lightfoot has also served in other city government roles, and as assistant United States attorney. She lives in Chicago’s Near Northwest Side with her wife and their daughter.


Twitter: @chicagosmayor

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Mayor, Palermo


Leoluca Orlando has been the Mayor of Palermo since 2012. Previously, he also held the Office of the Mayor from 1985 to 1990 and 1993 to 2000. Throughout his career, Mayor Orlando has championed the anti-mafia movements, denouncing the mafia's hold on the local economy, culture, and politics. Through various initiatives, he has effectively removed the political power of the mafia in Palermo. Mayor Orlando is also an advocate for the freedom of movement for migrants in Europe, using Palermo as a blueprint for migrant rights and integration for other municipalities. During his time away from the Mayor’s Office, he served as an elected member of the European Parliament. He has been the president of the Car Free Cities Club since 1998 and is currently the president of the Italian Federation of American Football. He graduated in jurisprudence from the University of Palermo and expanded his legal studies at the University of Heidelberg. 


Twitter: @LeolucaOrlando1

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Mayor, Pittsburgh


William Peduto has been the Mayor of Pittsburgh since 2014. Previously, he has worked at the Pittsburgh City Council for nineteen years: seven years as a staffer and twelve years as a member of Council. The Peduto administration is committed to modernizing the city by providing taxpayers with an efficient, transparent, and accountable government. Prioritizing the strengthening of Pittsburgh's ninety communities, Mayor Peduto established the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, led the development of the City's land bank, and championed the creation of a neighborhood-strengthening rental registration program. The Peduto administration has also partnered with the White House on several initiatives, resulting in federal support for affordable housing, education, economic development, energy efficiency, immigration, manufacturing, community policing, technology, and transportation. In 2015, Mayor Peduto signed a unique agreement with the US Department of Energy to make the city a world leader in district energy production as Pittsburgh joined the UN Compact of Mayors reaffirming its commitment to the Paris Agreement. Mayor Peduto is a founding member of the MetroLab Network.


Twitter: @billpeduto



US Managing Editor, Financial Times

New York City

Peter Spiegel is US managing editor of Financial Times, where he oversees editorial operations in the US and Americas. Previously, he spent three years as news editor in London, and also served as Brussels bureau chief. The FT won 13 British Press Awards while Spiegel was news editor, including news website of the year in 2017, and newspaper of the year in 2018. Spiegel formerly served as the national security correspondent for LA Times and The Wall Street Journal. He earned a MSc in European Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in History from University of Pennsylvania.

Twitter: @SpiegelPeter

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Mayor, Miami


Francis X. Suarez is the 33rd mayor of Miami and the first Miami-born mayor of the city. As part of his Miami Forever Plan, Mayor Suarez has championed the integration of climate adaptive technologies and economic policies across all facets of government. Under his leadership, Miami has seen lower crime, an economic resurgence, and increased access to affordable housing for working people and communities of color. As the son of former Miami Mayor Xavier L. Suarez, Mayor Suarez learned the values of public service along with the need for economic opportunity, fairness, equal rights, and reconciliation for all. In 2019, Mayor Suarez was selected as an Aspen Institute-Rodel fellow and was also named a Time Future 100 Leader. In July 2020, he was elected as the second vice president and president of the US Conference of Mayors for the 2022 to 2023 term. Mayor Suarez earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida International University and his JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.


Twitter: @FrancisSuarez

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Chair, Editorial Board, Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

New York City

Gillian Tett serves as America editor-at-large and chair for the US Editorial Board for the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. Tett’s past roles at the Financial Times have included US managing editor (2010 to 2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Tett has won numerous awards, including Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award, and others. Among her books are Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers (Simon & Schuster, 2015). Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the Spear’s Book Awards. Tett holds a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University.


Twitter: @gilliantett


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