On the occasion of the Astana Economic Forum 2019 a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting cultural exchanges was signed between the Festival for the Earth, conceived by Maria Rebecca Ballestra and the government center IGTIC – International Green Technology and Investment Center. 100 speakers from all over the world were invited to contribute to the Astana Economic Forum, around 50 organized panels, and 5,000 expected visitors. Over the past 11 years, the Astana Economic Forum (AEF) has established itself as one of the most influential international platforms to address the challenges of improving and developing the world economy, attended by over 20 Nobel laureates and 30 top foreign political figures. The AEF annually updates the topic of discussion and addresses a wide range of problems and challenges of global development, establishing the coordinates for a wide field of discussion. This year the topic on which the speakers were invited is: Ispiring Growth: People, Cities, Economies (Inspiring growth: people, cities, economies).