The goal of GLOBAL INNOVATION COOP SUMMIT is to create a space dedicated to the leaders of cooperatives from all sectors from all over the world, to share, discuss, learn and together build a more inclusive plural economy.

The event is dedicated to bring new trends in the areas of innovation, leadership and technology to the global cooperative movement and thus prepare the cooperative sector for the new challenges that we are already facing and will continue facing in the coming years.

Presentation of the event

With the pandemic of COVID19, the world and the market have undergone drastic changes, and many of these changes will guide what our life will be like
within the “new normal”.

Cooperatives, which have always managed to adapt to changing scenarios, today have a unique opportunity to guide the world towards this new “responsible”, and more human, economy.

Through its basic governance principles practiced for over 150 years, today, the cooperative market can offer a path to the traditional market based on respect for sustainable development, equality, inclusive values, and people-centered principles.

However, in order to assume this role of a leader in directing the “new normal”, the cooperative market must remain agile, innovative, updated and inclined towards digital adaptation, something that has been talked about vastly and is at the core of any market today.



With decisions
of global governments to abandon economic activities and close borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has caused the world economy to fall by more than 20% - never seen since the Great Depression lasting from 1929 - 1932;


could be the pivot in changing the direction of the global economy through their basic principles, but they must also adapt to the new reality that we live in today;


Digital transformation
is now a reality and companies and cooperatives that do not adapt to the “new normal” are doomed for failure;


More than ever
the role of a prepared leader is considered fundamental to seek solutions to the disruptions caused by new recurring challenges.


Nathan Schneider

Nathan Schneider

Professor of media studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, author of "Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy". He co-organized “Platform Cooperativism”, a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms, USA.

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is a world-renown expert in Innovation and Leadership Advisor, author of the book "Frugal Innovation: How to do better with less". Currently, Radjou is a columnist for the Harvard Business Review and a fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School. He provided consulting advice for countless leading organizations including GM, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble.


Nathan Schneider


Keynote Speaker

Navi Radjou


Keynote Speaker

Samara Araujo


Innovation Coordinator, Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB), Brazil.

Lorenzo Novaro


Project coordinator, Cooperatives Europe, Brussels.

Lorenzo Novaro


Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives


Jean- Louis Bancel

Jean- Louis Bancel

Mr. Bancel was elected as President of Cooperatives Europe at the General Assembly on 27 April 2017 in Malta. Born in 1955, graduated from HEC (1978), ENA (1980-1982), PhD in Law, he chairs the Principles Committee of the ICA Board and is a member of the ICA Audit and Risk Committee. He was Chair of the International Cooperative Banking Association (ICBA) from 2006 to 2015 and of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) from 2001 to 2005. He is a former civil servant of the French Ministry of Finance in various senior positions. He worked as Secretary-General of Groupement des Entreprises Mutuelles d’Assurances (trade body of non-life mutual insurance, 1997–2004). He joined Crédit Coopératif in 2005 as Vice President and became Chairman in 2009.


The role of cooperatives
in the “new normal”; and how agility, innovation and digital transformation is fundamental in adapting to the new challenges

The “new normal” that COVID-19 has brought upon us impacts the economy and disturbs our way of doing things. The objective of the Global Innovation Coop Summit is for cooperatives´ managers to take stock of the economic situation and to become inspired by the best innovative practices to better serve their members in these changing times.

Who the Summit
is for

  • Leaders, Directors, and Managers of cooperatives from all over the world;

  • Innovation managers of cooperatives and entities;

  • Marketing and Technology professionals from cooperatives;

  • Whoever is interested in gaining updated knowledge regarding new market trends.

What the
participant gains

  • An overview of what is happening in the world and the international cooperative market;
  • Access to the most innovative information in the areas of technology and management;
  • Contact with speakers known worldwide and access to international cooperative knowledge;
  • Access to successful cases from cooperative sectors all over the world and positive examples of innovative solutions to new challenges;
  • Access to the latest data, research and economic projections for the future;
  • Network with cooperatives from all over the world.
  • The privilege of asking questions for high-caliber international experts
  • A newsletter that will relate the content of the discussions

2021 Format

The Global Innovation Coop Summit will take place in 2021 as a virtual side event of the World Coop Management Summit (WCM).

2021's event will be completely virtual and free;
and will introduce the idea of having a larger hybrid (half-digital / half-presential) events in the coming years.