Davos: If your name’s not down, you’re not getting in
With only a week to go until kick-off, the organisers of the 41st World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, have just announced the programme based around this year’s theme: ‘Shared Norms for the New Reality’.
So who will be in the snowy Alpine resort of Davos to discuss this ‘new reality’ and, we hope, lead the way in putting forward solutions to the most pressing global risks of the day?
A popular ski resort at other times of the year, Davos is a closed shop to outsiders during the WEF. The barbed-wire barriers, endless security checks and snipers on rooftops are a reminder that, among the 2,500 politicians, businessmen and representatives from media, charitable organizations and religious groups, there are some pretty important people.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will deliver the opening address. Other G20 leaders in attendance will include: Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico; David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK; Angela Merkel, German Chancellor; Herman Van Rompuy, Council of the EU; Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France; Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia; and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.
Other confirmed participants include Timothy Geithner, U.S. Secretary to the Treasury; Eric I. Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives; Chen Deming, China’s Minister of Commerce; Pranab Mukherjee, India’s Minister of Finance; Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland; Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland; and George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece.
From the banking world, Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, Credit Suisse’s Brady Dougan, HSBC’s Stuart Gulliver, Goldman Sach’s Gary Cohn, Citi’s Vikram Pandit, Deutsche Bank’s Josef Ackermann and Eric Daniels of Lloyds Banking Group will, according to the Daily Telegraph, be pulling on their snow boots for this year’s meeting.
The list of notable business leaders who will be in Davos includes Tesco’s Terry Leahy, PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, BP’s Carl-Henric Svanberg and Nike’s Mark Parker.