Ethiopian Harpist ZEM Performs at WRF 2019

Geneva, 20 August 2019 The Ethiopian born singer songwriter and harpist ZEM has agreed to perform at the upcoming World Resources Forum 2019. ZEM is a remarkable young woman, musician and singer from Ethiopia. “I lost my parents due to natural resources scarcity. Sustainability is my personal story”, she says, “that is why I am very pleased to perform at the World Resources Forum”.

ZEM harpist

As an orphan ZEM was adopted by a Belgian/Dutch family and she was raised in Ghent. She studied classical harp (private student of Susanna Mildonian) and piano and started her career as singersong writer in a hiphop-formation at the age of 16. She participated in ‘The Voice 2014’. From 2017 onwards, her artistic quest gets a whole new dynamic: ZEM returns to her first, great love, the Harp. In 2018 she wins the TV5 MONDE public award at the “Concours de la Chanson Alliance Française”.

ZEM is a sing-songwriter, plays the semi-electric harp in an eclectic way from folk to triphop. ZEM writes and sings in three languages (EN, FR, NL).

ZEM plays and sings and communicates through her music with the audience of World Resources Forum 2019 at the plenaries and welcome reception. A personal workshop is being planned as well, but needs to be confirmed.


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Other highlights of this year’s program include confirmed plenary presentations by Olga Algayerová, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE),  Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ghana, Ernst von Weizsäcker, Honorary President, Club of Rome, and Izabella Teixeira, Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel. Business participation is stronger than ever, with speakers (some to be reconfirmed) from Nestlé-Nespresso, Aluminium Stewardship Organization, Confederation of Indian Industry, and US Chamber of Commerce. High-level speakers from China, Mexico and Peru are expected to join as well. Barbara Dubach (Head of the Swiss National Research Programme “Sustainable Economy” will be one of the conference moderators, together with WRF Managing Director Bas de Leeuw.

Early bird registration for WRF 2019, to be held in Geneva, October 23-24, closes August 31. Program and registration here.