The New Global Context

The New Global Context

“The New Global Context” is the central theme of The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2015. It will take place from 21-24 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The WEF was founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization by the German Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva.

We are living in a very fast paced and interconnected world where we see a number of transformations like technological, societal, political and demographic that has the profound economic consequences impacting each nation. Leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia, civil society, culture and the arts will explore these shifts through four thematic tracks:

  • Growth and Stability
  • Crisis and Cooperation
  • Society and Security
  • Innovation and Industry

The meeting will also discuss variety of key issues and challenges around these thematic tracks like Cyber economy, Skills, Employability, and Gender Parity. Long term investment and infrastructure development also rank high on agenda in 2015.

This year six co-chairs will steer the discussions at the annual meeting:

Hari S Bhartia – Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Bhartia Group

Hari, together with his brother Shyam, is co-founder of Jubilant Bhartia Group ( headquartered in New Delhi, India.

The Jubilant Bhartia Group, with 30,000 employees, has a strong presence in diverse sectors like Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences, Oil and Gas (exploration and production), Agri products, Performance Polymers, Retail, Food and Consulting in Aerospace and Oilfield Services. A Chemical Engineering Graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Hari was conferred the Distinguished Alumni award by his alma mater in 2000. He has been associated in various capacities with the IIT system and with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director of Oxfam International

She is a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building. She served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament, and has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program. She co-founded the 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired a UN task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and on climate change. She qualified as an aeronautical and mechanical engineer with degrees from the University of Cranfield and the University of Manchester in the UK.

Jim Yong Kim – President of the World Bank Group

Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim’s career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor.

Eric E. Schmidt – Executive Chairman at Google

Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Roberto Egydio Setubal – Chief Executive Officer of Unibanco-União de Bancos Brasileiros SA and Itau Unibanco S.A.

Mr. Setúbal has been the Chief Executive Officer of Itaú Unibanco Holding SA (also known as, Banco Itau Holding Financeira S A) and served as its President. He serves as the Chairman, Managing Director and a Member of the International Consultative Council of Banco Itaú, S.A. Mr. Setúbal serves as an Executive Vice-President, Vice-President of Executive board, Member of Executive Board of Itaúsa – Investimentos Itaú S.A.

Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE – Chief Executive of Alliance Trust

Katherine joined as Chief Investment Officer in 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008. Katherine Garrett-Cox graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University and is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals; CFA Institute. She was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in October 2005, is Vice Chair of the Baring Foundation and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG. Katherine was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to the Asset Management Industry and charitable service through the Baring Foundation.

The meeting will define the key drivers and trends that will be shaping our world. The forum will also prove to be a platform to share insights and innovation to effectively navigate into the future.

The meeting will have 240 sessions addressing on huge range of different topics and issues.

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