Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman
W. Lee Howell, Managing Director, Member of the Managing Board
Meeting under the theme The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business, more than 2,500 business, government and civil society leaders from over 100 countries took part in the 44th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to navigate the complexity and interconnectivity of our changing world – a world in which profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces are reshaping our lives, communities and institutions.
This year’s programme, which consisted of more than 250 official sessions, was organized under four thematic pillars: Achieving Inclusive Growth; Embracing Disruptive Innovation; Meeting Society’s New Expectations; and Sustaining a World of 9 Billion. Discussions on these issues challenged long-held assumptions about society, politics and business in an effort to generate the powerful ideas and collaborative spirit needed to manage the future course of world affairs.
We are grateful to our Members, Partners and communities for their collaboration in building the programme, as well as their support throughout the year. The Network of Global Agenda Councils, with over 1,000 thought leaders from around the world, continues to play a significant role in this regard. We are also grateful to the Meeting Co-Chairs for their guidance and leadership.
On behalf of the Managing Board, thank you again for your participation and support, which no doubt will have an impact beyond Davos.