Davos Notebook

Women on top — more quotas, please

January 30, 2011

I was in the lobby of the Steigenberg Belvedere waiting for my husband yesterday but there was nowhere to sit. Looking around I saw a Davos Wife  resting on a crowded stairway. I joined her and, of course, we struck up a conversation about Women at Davos. I could tell by her comfy snow boots she had been coming for years.

What is the Davos optimism based on? – Strategy head

January 29, 2011

Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy at Accenture, stopped by the Davos town library (our WEF headquarters) to talk about what he believes have been the key developing themes at this year’s meeting.

China and the future of the Internet

January 28, 2011

CHINA– Michael Fertik is the founder and CEO of Reputation.com, an online privacy and reputation management company. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Internet Security and recipient of the WEF Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Energy policy is key at Davos

January 28, 2011

— Laurens de Vries and Emile Chappin are researchers at Delft University of Technology. Much of their research is funded by the Next Generation Infrastructures Foundation. The opinions expressed are their own. —

A golden opportunity for a new trading system

January 27, 2011


By Mari Pangestu, who is the Trade Minister of Indonesia. The opinions expressed are her own.

The deepest fear of the Davos Man

January 27, 2011


This is part of a series written by Anya Schiffrin, author of “Bad News,” and the wife of Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz. The opinions expressed are her own.

Talking with Davos youth… all five of them

January 27, 2011

Youth isn’t a group that is closely associated with the World Economic Forum in Davos. There was much discussion before the meeting of the gender quota imposed by the WEF to try to increase the number of female participants, but there are just five teenagers at Davos this year, all of them from the Global Changemakers network.

Tablets take over the world, one Davos at a time

January 27, 2011

This time last year, the online team here in Davos broke off from its coverage of the WEF for an hour or so to follow another Reuters live event – the unveiling of Apple’s iPad.

Table for Two at Davos

January 27, 2011

The meal you had last night at the Congress Hall of the World Economic Forum in Davos may have been “Table for Two” certified.

The Rise of Robo Sapiens

January 26, 2011

There are a few sessions at this year’s World Economic Forum that discuss the future but the fully-subscribed session on “The Rise of Robo Sapiens” on Saturday gives a glimpse on how artificial intelligence is reshaping our lives.