On October the 21st, 2020,  Athalos took part in the online event of the Research Forum.

Martijn van der Ven, our Founder and CEO, was one of the speakers in the panel session Big Tech! Small Tech! Safe Tech!

In this panel discussion, the panelists looked at the opportunities created by the pandemic but also at the engagement models that businesses have designed to take advantage of the global digital shift. A shift that has been accelerated by social distancing measures worldwide. In parallel, they looked at transformative and new innovations and the entrepreneurs taking these to scale.

The 2020 edition of the Research Forum reflected on the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for change and allows the opportunity for discussions that drill into what really matters for the future: Collaboration, Innovation, Continuity and Humanity. This discussion offered unique insights into the challenges that business leaders have faced through the pandemic, as well as the tools that have initiated, driven and supported success and continuity. As the world plans for life after the pandemic, we have an opportunity to collectively define what the new normal should look like and how this new normal can work for every stakeholder.

The Covid-19 pandemic has distorted global value chains and exposed the fragility of humanity. Businesses have been forced to re-evaluate operating procedures while international trade has bounced between nationalist rhetoric and structural reform. The year 2020 has seen increased trade protectionism in various industrialized economies. Reeling from the impact of the pandemic on economies around the world, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has slowed as investors have taken a step back to strengthen core bases and really understand what the future holds. In the middle of all of this, global business has reacted differently. At the peak of social distancing/lockdown measures many companies, from SMEs to Multinationals struggled for continuity, while the same circumstances opened new opportunities for others.

From all of this, a few things are clear: the importance of technology in business operations and human interaction cannot be overstated; the current atmosphere will erase certain opportunities and create new ones, and resource constraints will require both the public and private sectors to design new trade and project financing models.