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FT at Davos 2017

With the world braced for change in 2017, the 47th annual World Economic Forum in Davos saw global political and business leaders meet to discuss the overarching theme of “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.

To coincide with the forum, the Financial Times published The World in 2017 and produced multimedia coverage with breaking takes on FastFT; as well as a number of videos, daily Facebook Live broadcasts, and in-depth analysis and comment.

The FT also featured throughout the World Economic Forum’s main programme, including:

  • US managing editor Gillian Tett chaired ‘Protectionism: Back to the Future?’ with panellists David Abney, chairman and CEO of UPS; Roberto Azevêdo, director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO); David M. Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell; Min Zhu, deputy managing director (2011-2016) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and Cecilia Malmström, EU commissioner of trade.
  • FT deputy editor Roula Khalaf led a session with Nicolas Dujovne, Minister of Treasury of Argentina, Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance of South Africa, Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance of Germany and Mehmet Simsek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. The panel discussed charting a new course for growth for the G20 nations.
  • Chief economics commentator Martin Wolf moderated the annual ‘Global Economic Outlook’ featuring Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Philip Hammond, United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer; Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany.

The eighth 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 400 of the world’s most influential business leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

​Guests included James Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase; Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman PR; Thomas Farley, President, New York Stock Exchange; Rana Foroohar​, incoming FT Global Business Columnist; Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies; James Harding, Director News and Current Affairs, BBC News; Lady Barbara Judge, Director, Institute of Directors; Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, The Atlantic Council; John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays; Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal; Dambisa Moyo, Economist; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CEO, The Representation Project; David Rhodes, President, CBS News; Felix Salmon, Senior Editor, Fusion; Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet; Jake Siewert, Head of Corporate Communications, Goldman Sachs; Peter Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Blockchain; Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times columnist and CNBC Squawk Box co-anchor; Gene Sperling, founder and CEO, Sperling Economic Strategies; John Studzinski, Vice-Chairman, The Blackstone Group; and John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman, KPMG International.

Click here for photos from the FT CNBC Nightcap.

FT journalists participated in a number of speaking engagements: Gillian Tett moderated a panel at the annual launch of the Edelman Trust Barometer with panellists Dr. Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG; Denise Morrison , Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company; David Nabarro, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change; Subi Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management, INSEAD, and Dan Schulman, Chief Executive Officer, PayPal.

FT Live hosted a number of events during the week including: the curtain-opener FT/Wipro Executive Dinner, Business in the 2nd Machine Age – Responsible and responsive leadership. This was followed by a breakfast forum in association with Citi during which Gideon Rachman chaired a panel on democracy and globalisation. To round off FT activity in Davos, Citi also sponsored a dinner featuring a conversation between Martin Wolf and Christine Lagarde on global growth and making the global economy work for all.  

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