What to expect at the World Economic Forum

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World leaders, chief executives and celebrities will finally gather again in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum annual meeting this week, after Covid-19 delayed the in-person summit for more than two years.

The conference usually takes place in January but was pushed back to May after a surge in coronavirus cases forced the WEF to delay the summit in December.

The meeting will begin on Tuesday and end on Thursday.

In keeping with this year’s theme — “History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies” — the meeting will include sessions on economic rebalancing, governance and security, and equity and global health, against a global backdrop of inflation, supply chain disruptions, the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a special virtual address on the first day of the conference. Russian executives and leaders were not invited to the summit in response to the invasion.

Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, will deliver opening remarks on Europe’s global role at a dinner on Tuesday and will discuss unity in the continent during a panel on Wednesday.

Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Facebook parent Meta, is set to attend that same dinner as Lagarde alongside Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg and other world leaders.

Ruth Porat, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet, will discuss the digital economy at a panel on Tuesday. Alan Jope, chief executive of consumer goods company Unilever, will discuss global environmental, social, and corporate governance issues during a panel with Bank of America chief executive Brian Moynihan on the same day.

Alexandra White

Financial Times