Fast business The innovators and creative leaders will seek out among the crowd of CEOs, government officials and non-profit organizations that descend in Davos, Switzerland, next week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Our editors convene a series of panels entitled Davos dialogues, which emphasizes the complementary roles that technology and creativity will play in the transformation of companies and other large organizations in the coming decade.
One panel with the CEO of Lego Group Niels Christiansen; Ideo CEO Tim Brown; Francine Katsoudas, chief people officer at Cisco; and HCL Technologies CEO C Vijayakumar– taking a dive into the way companies think about unlocking creativity within their staff now and especially in the future. Because artificial intelligence and automation enable machines to take over the routine tasks of the workplace, workers and leaders of the future need to sharpen creative and inventive skills that computers can not easily replicate.
Another session will look at the rapidly changing world of financial services and banking, in which new technologies and demands from consumers, especially those in emerging markets, fundamentally change the way money is transferred, stored and invested. The panel contains Laura Barrowman, chief technology officer, Credit Suisse; Ann Cairns, vice-chairman, Mastercard; Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO, Western Union; and Lauren Le Moal, CEO, PayU.
Yet another panel will highlight examples of digital transformation that prioritize people – employees, customers, other stakeholders – affected by change. Speakers include Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, business development, at Microsoft, and Scott Belsky, Adobe's chief product officer and executive vice president for its Creative Cloud platform.
The sessions take place in the HCL Pavilion.
Organizers of the annual meeting have recognized that the rise of nationalism and protectionism in many countries around the world (including the US) is the non-rejection of the World Economic Forum's trust in its so-called global governance architecture. ; has questioned. sessions on the formal WEF agenda are aimed at restoring trust between leaders and citizens, and creating economic security for disadvantaged people.