Juanpa Zurita is one of Mexico’s most successful YouTubers with over 20 million followers, and he accepted an invitation to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. He tells Tanya König why the easy way out is never fun or challenging, why climate change is the biggest issue we need to tackle, and why he thinks that what’s being discussed at the WEF is more talk than action.
Financing sustainable or socially responsible projects is often seen as the prerogative of younger generations. Not quite so, says Maximilian Martin, global head of philanthropy at Lombard Odier. Martin explains why older investors are also keen on so-called impact investments, like the bank did with the ICRC.
With the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum drawn to a close, economist Markus Will says the distinction between the young activists and the older generation of leaders needs to be blurred, with both sides working together on achieving goals set out in the forum. He added that the annual summit in Davos remains a “vanity fair”—but one that invokes necessary dialogue.
Your latest highlights from #WEF20 and beyond: Greta Thunberg protests in Davos, Melati Wijsen debates with Al Gore, a coalition against coronavirus is launched, Swiss and world markets end the week up, and Swiss pension funds record their best year since the financial crisis.
Pesticide producer Syngenta may pursue a secondary listing on the Swiss stock exchange after its initial public offering in China, says CEO Erik Fyrwald. “We were public on the Swiss stock exchange before, and that went very well for us and our shareholders. So that absolutely is an option.”
Austrian jewelry brand Swarovski is at the forefront of sustainability measures and has been for many years, says executive board member Nadja Swarovski. A member of The Responsible Jewellery Council, the 125-year-old company has worked to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. At the World Economic Forum, Swarovski has called for the entire fashion industry to “step up” and do the same.
The Startup Guide Switzerland maps out the country’s start-up ecosystem with a focus on the regions of Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel and Zurich. It aims at driving the shift toward sustainable businesses and impact entrepreneurship. Tanya König reports from the pre-launch of the guide in Davos.
Increased use of social media and changes in digital technology over the past decade have shaped a generation of digital natives, yet they lack awareness of significant cyber risks. How can young people, educators, policymakers and business leaders ensure responsible behavior for the digital safety of all? Panelists: Naeem Dalal, global shaper at Lusaka Hub; Andria Zafirakou, arts and textile teacher at Alperton Community School; Laura Deaner, global chief information security officer at S&P Global; Molly Burke, YouTube personality and motivational speaker. Moderated by: Urs Gredig, head of programs at CNNMoney Switzerland.
From 5G to next-generation computing, how can leaders prepare and invest for the next wave of digital disruption? Panelists: Jan Hammer, partner at Index Ventures; Antonio Neri, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Hwang Chang-Gyu, chairman and CEO of Korea Telecom; Paula Ingabire, Rwandan minister of information and communications technology and innovation. Moderated by: Olivia Chang, anchor at CNNMoney Switzerland. Closing remarks by: Derek O'Halloran, head of digital economy and new value creation at the World Economic Forum.
From nurturing academic research and start-ups to creating culinary innovation, Switzerland is officially joining the conversation on the future of food. Top players in the different phases of the food industry tell Ana Maria Montero more about it at the launch of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley Initiative in Davos.
Your latest highlights from #WEF20 and beyond: Angela Merkel’s call for cooperation; Deutsche Bank CEO’s stance on fiscal stimulus; Microsoft CEO on shareholders; the ECB meeting; the WHO’s expected decision; and a look at world markets.
From geopolitical tensions to the shale and renewables revolution, recent and anticipated global developments are necessitating adaptation by energy actors. What new strategies are emerging as governments and business adapt to a rapidly evolving energy landscape? On the Forum Agenda: bolstering cyber resilience; scaling up frontier technologies; anticipating the geopolitical landscape. Panelists: Fatih Birol, executive director at International Energy Agency; Amin H. Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens; Christiana Figueres, founding partner at Global Optimism. Moderated by John Defterios, editor and anchor, emerging markets at CNN Business.
A strategic review of the industries, institutions, and initiatives driving systemic change. On the Forum Agenda: overview of the existing landscape; analysis of future risks, opportunities, and stakeholders; outlook for 2020 and beyond. Panelists: Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter; Jane Sun Jie, CEO of Trip.com Group; Andreas Renschler, member of the board of management at Volkswagen Group; Tarek Sultan Al Essa, CEO and vice-chairman of the board of Agility. Moderated by Elena Cherney, coverage planning editor at The Wall Street Journal. Closing remarks by Christoph Wolff, head of shaping the future of mobility at the World Economic Forum.
“Roche has a very thoughtful approach when it comes to pricing,” says chairman Christoph Franz. “We look at the value a medicine provides to the patient and the healthcare system.” Franz explains the rationale behind the Swiss pharma giant’s prices and talks about the challenges ahead for Roche in 2020.