Three Davos 2018 Panels Entrepreneurs Should Watch

The 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum took place in Davos from 23 to 26 January 2018. The invitation-only Davos Summit brings together global leaders from different sectors, CEOs from its 1,000 member companies, representatives from academia, NGO, business, journalism and more, who in the course of several days discuss the most important world topics and focus on giving solutions to solving them.

Every year the summit has a different theme. For 2018, the theme was Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. In different panels, a variety of topics were discussed. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of Davos, it is an important summit where important topics are discussed, topics that we all should be informed about.

As busy startup owners, you probably haven’t got the time to watch all the panels. This is why here we pay special attention to three of the Davos 2018 panels that entrepreneurs, innovators and startup enthusiasts shouldn’t miss.

The State of Start-ups

In the panel are discussed many important topics on SME, entrepreneurship, youth unemployment, innovation, lowering the cost of doing business and much more.

Speakers: Alice Gast, President, Imperial College London; R. May Lee, Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University; will.i.am, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, I.AM.PLUS; Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises; Jeremy Jurgens, Head of Knowledge and Digital Engagement, World Economic Forum; Tony O. Elumelu, Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Watch the panel here.

Saving Economic Globalization from Itself

The goal of the session is to tackle one very important question – Can a renewed focus on its potentially damaging local effects save economic globalization from itself? The panel is very interesting as if focuses on the results of globalization like automation, the skills of the future, universal basic income and more.

Speakers: Mauricio Cardenas, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia; Devin Wenig, President and Chief Executive Officer, eBay Inc.; Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank Ltd; Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); Rich Lesser, Global Chief Executive Officer and President, The Boston Consulting Group; Kevin Delaney, President and Editor-in-Chief, Quartz – Atlantic Media.

Watch the panel here.

Big Tech, Big Impact

Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, has disrupted whole industries and has transformed tremendously the way we work, live, learn, travel and so on. Developed in a partnership with the Wall Street Journal, the panel focuses on the future of technology and what we can expect in the next 20 years.

Speakers: Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PayPal; Ursula Burns, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, VEON; Matthew Murray, Executive Editor, The Wall Street Journal; Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu Inc.; Ulrich Spiesshofer, Chief Executive Officer, ABB Ltd; Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Group Plc.

Watch the panel here.

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