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Financial Times at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos 2019

To coincide with the meeting, the Financial Times published The World Special Report, which focused on the WEF’s annual theme: shaping a new architecture for the next wave of globalisation.

Financial Times journalists participated in the official WEF programme during the week:

  • Roula Khalaf, deputy editor, moderated a joint Financial Times / World Economic Forum panel discussion revolving around the theme of business leadership in the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Gillian Tett, US managing editor, moderated three panels on a wide range of topics - from sustainable crypto-architecture to our carbon-free future.
  • Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator, also led three WEF discussions. These all had a common theme of a shared democracy in a changing world and how economics is changing to accommodate the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Gideon Rachman, associate editor and chief foreign affairs commentator, moderated a panel discussion where the debate centered on the strategic outlook for Japan.
  • Rana Foroohar, global business columnist and an associate editor, led a discussion around the changing nature of job creation for the fourth industrial revolution.

On Wednesday, January 23, the Financial Times hosted its annual nightcap party, in partnership with CNBC. The reception took place at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère and was co-hosted by Financial Times CEO John Ridding and CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman. The event gathered more than 350 delegates from the WEF Annual Meeting, including some of the world’s most influential business leaders, politicians, media editors and entrepreneurs.

Guests included:

Tim Allan, Group MD, Portland; Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist; Tom Bossert, former Homeland Security Advisor to President Trump; Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems; Stacey Cunningham, President, NYSE; Nav Dhaliwal, CEO, Supreme; Tony Fratto, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies; Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman, JPMorgan Chase International; Matt Kaminski, Global Editor, POLITICO; Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities, HM Government; Sir Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick; Ruth Porat, CFO, Alphabet; Anthony Scaramucci; David Solomon, CEO, Goldman Sachs; Andrew Ross Sorkin, Anchor, CNBC; Ed Williams, CEO, UK & Ireland, Edelman; Mike Wirth, CEO and Chairman, Chevron; Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, HM Government.

Also at the WEF Annual Meeting, Nikkei, the owners of the Financial Times, hosted an executive breakfast on Wednesday 23rd January. Titled ‘Globalization Under Threat” the session was moderated by Financial Times deputy editor Roula Khalaf. It focused on how Asia and Europe should respond to global trade tensions and changing power dynamics.

FT Live, the Financial Times’ global conferences and events division, co-hosted the 12th annual Financial Times & Wipro Executive Dinner Forum. The topic was “The change challenge: Making the leap from incremental shifts to true business transformation”. They also hosted a series of Financial Times / Wipro Morning Editions.  Rana Foroohar moderated an FT Live event titled “Building a blockchain future: Exploring the opportunities and limitations of a new digital paradigm” in partnership with HTC, 55 Foundry and Dfinity.

FT Live also partnered with Citi to present a panel session titled “The future of trade”, where Martin Wolf was panelist.


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Ian Gustav Ahlberg

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