The world’s top thinkers, policy makers and executives arrived in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a tiny village in the Alps.
In Davos, Switzerland, the 48th Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum begins today. It will last until Friday, and the theme is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. It is worth mentioning that US President Trump will attend the meeting. This will be the first time a US president shows up since Bill Clinton in 2000. President Trump will deliver a speech before the closure of the meeting on Friday, which could become the forum’s centerpiece. French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also deliver remarks, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
The Davos planners have identified 8 important society related issues to be discussed in a series of panels that begin with “We Need to Talk About.” Those main points include privileged class, immigration, harassment, religion, mental health, race, LGBTQ identity and disability.
While the full roster of attendees was closely guarded in the past, the organizers make the list with of participants’ public ahead of the forum. This year’s conference includes heads of state including Donald Trump, international financiers like the IMF chairwoman Christine Lagarde, titans of industry like the American business executive Ginni Rometty, high-profile academics like Adam Grant, well-heeled philanthropists as an example George Soros, and even royalty like the Queen Rania from around the world.