Terra Incognita: Mapping the 21st Century in Canada, Germany and the World 

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27.10.2022 - Article

The German Embassy to Canada and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy invite you to an online event, marking the one-year anniversary of the German Canadian Herzberg Network.  

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022  
Time: 11 am -12:15 pm ET / 5 - 6:15 pm MET 
Location: Online 


Robert Muggah, political scientist and co-founder of the SecDev Group (Canada) and the Igarapé Institute (Brazil) and advises several start-ups and technology companies. 

Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford and the Director of the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work, and Future of Development; will highlight key systemic risks that are transforming our global politics, economics and social relations reverting to the power and potential of maps to explain the world. 

Opening remarks by:

Sabine Sparwasser, Germany's Ambassador to Canada. 

Alexander Reisenbichler, Assistant Professor in Political Science and Research Coordinator of the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy 

Sponsors: Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES); Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany   

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Terra Incognita by Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah combines decades of research on global megatrends related to climate change, urbanization, technology, geopolitics, food, health and education with state-of-the-art satellite maps and geospatial analytics. The book traces the past, present and future of unstoppable trends and the ways in which they are changing the face of communities, countries and the planet. The authors will highlight a number of stand-out megatrends ranging from the elongation of life to green energy transition that are relevant for Canada and Germany as they prepare for an uncertain future.  

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, a world-leading group of over 300 experts from across Oxford University tackling the most pressing challenges facing humanity. Previously Ian was economic advisor to President Mandela and then Vice President and Policy Head for the World Bank. He has been a keynote speaker at successive Davos and TED events, presented the BBC Series After the Crash and The Pandemic that Changed the World, and is the author of 22 books. 

Robert Muggah is a globally recognized scholar and practitioner of political economy. He co-founded the SecDev Group - a cyber security and digital risk firm - with operations in over 20 countries. He also co-founded the Igarapé Institute - a leading think and do tank devoted to promoting data-driven and evidenced-based solutions on issues related to citizen, digital and climate security in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is a columnist with Foreign Policy and a regular contributor to the BBC, CNN, Financial Times and New York Times. He has delivered several TED talks and keynotes at Davos and is a fellow at Princeton, the Robert Bosch Academy and the World Economic Forum. 

Sabine Sparwasser is Germany's Ambassador to Canada. She was Consul General in Toronto from 2009 until 2013 and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Ottawa from 2003 until 2006. From 2015 until 2017, she was Germany's Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

Alexander Reisenbichler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and research coordinator of the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He was John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2021–22. His work explores the politics of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies, with regional specializations in Western Europe and the United States.  

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