2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Building the Perfect Country

Monday, March 14
9:30AM - 10:30AM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

The new ‘Best Countries’ study with BAV, Wharton and U.S. News asks 16,500 global citizens, business leaders and influentials to rate 60 countries on 75 dimensions, ranging from sustainability to innovation to economic influence. Initial findings show that the definition of ‘best’ is evolving: people place a premium on innovation, quality of life and global citizenship over traditional power measures of economic might, political influence and military strength. Our expert panel will unpack why traditional measures, like GDP alone, do not convey ‘best’ in today’s world and how nations can perform on more progressive characteristics that reflect #thenewGDP.

Hashtags: #sxsw #BestCountries


Anna Blender at SXSW

Anna Blender


BAV Consulting

Anna Blender is a Senior Vice President at BAV® Consulting, a global brand strategy firm that translates quantitative consumer insights into actionable ways to drive brand growth towards more purpo...

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Brian Kelly at SXSW

Brian Kelly

Editor & Chief Content Officer

US News & World Report

Ido Aharoni at SXSW

Ido Aharoni

Consul General of Israel

Israeli Government

Ambassador Ido Aharoni is Consul General of Israel in New York, representing the State of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He has ...

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Will Platt-Higgins

VP Global Accounts



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