YouTube CEO Susan Wojciech and Microsoft chief Satya Nadela were asked to join 2,500 politicians, business and non-profit leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, as the annual rally was returned in person by Kwid. It was reorganized at a critical moment, with food shortages, rising fuel oil prices and the world stagnating in the midst of war.
The Tony Mountain Resort, about seven hours’ walk from the Cannes Film Festival, is usually covered with snow. Showbiz attendance is also not uncommon at an event that has hosted music royalties over the years, such as Hollywood and Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Goldie Han, Bono, Peter Gabriel and Will IAM.
Davos is the place where the eminent people gathered gave a haughty speech to former President Donald Trump in 2018, but he did not smile when he returned in 2020. In 2021, the show was virtual. This year, it has moved away from its traditional January slot. The current list is thinner than in the past, less by a few authorized Russian tycoons for one. The five-day event opened on Sunday, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky kicking off high gear today in a speech to a rally far from war-torn Kyiv, urging the world not to give in to “brutal powers.”
Vladimir Putin delivered a special speech in 2021 at the Virtual Edition of Davos.
The Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, today awaited the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on a panel on the power of sports integration. There has been some discussion about the potential for growth in the United States and Europe, with 40-year high inflation and rising interest rates. Senator Christopher Kuns (D-Dale.); Debra Fisher (R-Neb.); Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont); Robert Menendez (D-NJ); And Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Headlined a panel called The View from Capitol Hill.
The event welcomed 50+ heads of state, from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde and hundreds of CEOs from IMB, Palanti Technologies, Marriott and Citigroup, starting with PayPal and the head of Salesforce. There were “more than 400 media leaders and the reporting press.”
President Biden was not present (there were not many G-7 or A-list leaders anywhere). US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raymondo and the President’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry were present.
Topics of the week range from Metavers, AI, Cyber Security and Digital Economy to Climate Change, Education, Employment, Urbanization, Diversification, Agriculture, Energy, Health, Trade and Investment. It’s like the Allen & Company Sun Valley Media Retreat, but for everything. YouTube’s Wojcicki and Microsoft’s Nadella are scheduled to speak on Tuesday.
A highlight – Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma7 at the concert
According to the organizers: “The 2022 Annual Meeting will embody the collaborative, multi-stakeholder vision of the World Economic Forum, providing a unique collaborative environment where reconnection, sharing insights, gaining new perspectives and building problem-solving communities and initiatives. Against the backdrop of deepening global friction and disintegration, this will usher in a new era of global responsibility and cooperation. “