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FT at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos 2018

The 48th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting took place January 23-26 2018 in Davos, where the Financial Times was prominent throughout.

To coincide with the meeting, the Financial Times published The World 2018 Special Report. This included features on whether political leaders from nations as diverse as the US, Russia, India and China could find common ground around the shared embrace of globalist ideas and had a focus on the rise of protectionism in the West.

FT journalists participated in the official WEF programme during the week:

  • Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, moderated three sessions: From Growth to Prosperity, Shaping the Future of Jobs and A New Era for Global Health.
  • Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, led a discussion on Stabilizing the Mediterranean
  • Gideon Rachman, Associate Editor and Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, moderated a panel discussion that that discussed The Outlook for Japan.
  • Gideon also moderated The Business of Brexit
  • Gillian Tett moderated a session titled: A sprint to 2020, where she asked “What emerging-market leadership will drive action on the sustainable development and climate agenda in the lead up to 2020?”
  • Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, moderated the annual WEF Global Economic Outlook: What lies ahead for the global economy in 2018? This year the session addressed quantitative tightening and the monetary policy road ahead, low productivity in a high tech world and managing climate change risk in economic planning.
  • Martin also participated in a panel discussion titled “European Economic Recovery: Solid or Shaky?

On Wednesday, January 24, the ninth edition of the FT CNBC Nightcap party took place at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère. Hosted by FT CEO John Ridding and CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman, the event gathered 300 delegates from the WEF Annual Meeting, including some of the world’s most influential business leaders, journalists, editors and entrepreneurs.

Guests included: Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder, CrowdStrike; Gerard Baker, Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal; Thor Björgólfsson, Icelandic entrepreneur; Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor, White House; Tania Bryer, Presenter and Executive Producer, CNBC; Nicolas Cary, Co-Founder, Blockchain;  John Casey, SVP International News and Programming, CNBC; Stuart Chambers, Chairman, Anglo American Plc; Jamie Dimon, Chairman, CEO, and President, JPMorgan; Nick Dunn, Managing Editor CNBC; Mark Ein, CEO, Venturehouse; Mary Callahan Erdoes, Chief Executive Officer, J.P. Morgan Asset Management; Thomas Farley, President, New York Stock Exchange;  Tony Fratto, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies;  Adena Friedman, President, NASDAQ; John F. Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Politico; Jolie Hunt, CEO, Hunt & Gather; Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder, Silver Lake Partners; Joe Kernen, Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times; Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber Technologies Inc.; Lord Peter Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel; Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP SE; Douglas L. Peterson, President and CEO, S&P Global; Henry R. Perot Jr., Chairman, The Perot Companies; Ruth Porat, Senior VP, CFO, Alphabet; Becky Quick, Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Nico Rosberg, Driver, Formula One, Andrew Ross-Sorkin, Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group; David Rubenstein, CEO and Co-founder, Carlyle Group; Gene Sperling, Economist; Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times; Kevin Ulrich, CEO, Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C.;  Mark Weinberger, Chairman & CEO, EY; Linda Yaccarino, Chairwoman, Advertising and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal.

Pictures of the evening can be found on the FT Flickr account here

At Davos 2018, the Financial Times was proud to partner with KPMG and Procter & Gamble to present the #futureisinclusive Women’s Reception on Monday January 22.  

FT Live, the FT’s global conferences and events division, co-hosted the FT/Wipro Morning Editions from January 23rd to 25th.This well attended series of morning briefings were led by FT journalists and featured some of the world’s smartest thinkers and business leader