Adventures with job titles, Davos edition

By Felix Salmon
January 11, 2012


This is a word cloud of the job titles of the 2,623 official delegates to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. It’s pretty clear what’s going on: while the most important people at the forum are still the ministers and heads of state, there are only 24 ministers in all. (I’m not sure about the presidents, they get mixed up in all the executive vice-presidents and the like.) Meanwhile, there are 674 CEOs, from Mustafa Abdel-Wadood to Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. And, of course, 490 Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen (but only two Global Chairmen).

There are also two Archbishops; 133 Founders; one Novelist; three Candidates; six Mayors; one Technical Support Superintendent; 109 Heads; three Hosts; six Artists; one Theorist; 11 Fellows; one Leader; six Economists; one Singer (not including Wyclef Jean, who’s coming as “Ambassador-at-Large of the Republic of Haiti”); one Curator; 27 Deans; one Executive Geek; four Consultants; two Activists; four Researchers; and four Global Heads.

And then, of course, there are the Media Leaders: 1 Journalist, 1 Blogger, 1 Photographer, 4 Writers, 18 Anchors, 19 Columnists, 19 Correspondents, 33 Editors-in-Chief, and 152 Editors of all stripes, including the Billionaires Editor at Bloomberg.

There are 40 instances of the word Global, 15 of International, and 0 of Local or Domestic. Asia appears 7 times; Africa 8; America 10; and Europe 19.

What all of this means, I cannot say. But I’m quite glad there’s only one Chief Change Officer, even though she does have one particularly wonderful line in her bio. After listing the various advisory boards she’s on, it just says “recipient of award”. All bios, surely, should say that.


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Out of all of those titles, I’m most curious about who the novelist is.

Posted by dmcdougall | Report as abusive

Interesting, not a single lawyer.

Posted by BillyBL | Report as abusive

Hmm, I really get the feeling that maybe there should be a way of including the inputs of a few people without titles as well at Davos. Or perhaps some of the Chief whatever’s should go and spend same time in the Occupy igloos. The Wisdom of Crowds etc???

Posted by GenesisMC | Report as abusive