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Social events

It is tradition to have a Welcome reception on the evening of the first day of the Congress, and a Gala dinner and Competition Award Ceremony on the last evening (third day), to gather all delegates to exchange, network and celebrate. 

After the day’s activities, the Welcome reception will be held at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices to celebrate the beginning of the 13th edition of the Congress, welcoming all Congress delegates. This motionless vessel was built in 1886 directly on the river Rhône to supply Geneva’s households with drinking water and also to regulate the level of the lake. The beautiful building was later converted into a welcoming and prestigious hall and auditorium in the heart of Geneva.

Welcome reception venue:

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Address: Place des Volontaires 2, 1204 Geneva

Transportation: via Geneva public transportation thanks to free hotel pass.

Dress code: Business formal

Date: 21 June 2023

Time: 19:00 21:00

The Gala dinner and Competition Award Ceremony will conclude the 13th World Chambers Congress activities. Taking place at the same venue as the Congress, Palexpo, be sure to attend the closing Gala dinner as excitement will still be running high as winners of each World Chambers Competition category will be announced and celebrated during the course of the evening.

Gala dinner and Competition Award Ceremony venue: 

Same as the Congress venue: Palexpo

Address: Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

Transportation: via Geneva public transportation thanks to free hotel pass.

Dress code: National dress & formal attire

Date: 23 June 2023

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

High-level discussion on: “Business and Human rights”

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the framework of the 13th World Chambers Congress, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) and the Diplomatic Club of Geneva are pleased to organise a high-level discussion on: “Business and Human rights” on June 22 2023 at 18:45 at the United Nations with Volker Türk, High-Commissioner for Human Rights as guest of honour.

Business and Human Rights Event Programme.

For World Chambers Congress participants, a shuttle is planned from Palexpo to the Palais des Nations at 17:30.

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY – without official confirmation from the UN, participants will not have access to the event.

To obtain an access badge and enter the United Nations Office at Geneva, you will have to present an IDENTITY DOCUMENT (a valid passport issued by a United Nations member state or a valid national identity card issued by a European member state).

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Hamad Buamim

Chair of the World Chambers Competition

Honorary Chair, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF), United Arab Emirates.

Hamad Buamim was President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce from April 2006 until September 2022 . He serves as the Chair of Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC). Educated in the United States, Mr Buamim graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds an MBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC).

Mr Buamim is also Chair of National General Insurance (PJSC), member of the board of directors of Dubai World, and Dubai Islamic Bank (PJSC).

He has served on the boards of various organisations including the UAE Central Bank, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), EmiratesNBD Bank (PJSC), Emirates Financial Services, ENBD Capital, Kerzner International, Atlantis the Palm Hotel, City Center Las Vegas (Aria Resort), Union Properties (PJSC) and Network International.