Dignitaries at World Economic Forum
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Dignitaries at World Economic Forum
Zeebiz Bureau

World leaders, including heads of government and ministerial representation from 19 G20 countries, are among the more than 2,600 participants who will convene 25-29 January for the Forum’s 42nd annual meeting in Davos-Klosters.

In total, close to 40 heads of state or government will participate, along with over 1,600 business leaders from the Forum’s 1,000 member companies, as well as social entrepreneurs, young global leaders and representatives from civil society, media, academia and the arts.

Angela Merkel, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, will deliver the opening address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 with record participation.

The theme of this year’s meeting, ‘The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models’ reflects the need for a profound overhaul in the face of a fraying global system and lingering economic malaise.

The four sub-themes of the meeting, which reflect the interconnected nature of the changes required, are: Growth and Employment Models; Leadership and Innovation Models; Sustainability and Resource Models; and Social and Technological Models. There will also be a strong focus on risk mitigation and management, with one room dedicated to discussions pursuing the themes of the Global Risks 2012 report.

For the first time, the programme includes a series of on-the-record, one-on-one interviews with academic, media, business and civil society leaders. There will be 29 one-on-one sessions throughout the five-day meeting, including conversations with Muhammad Yunus, Michelle Yeoh, HW Brands, Thomas Friedman, Mehmet C Oz and many more.

The Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011

  • Yasuchika Hasegawa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan


  • Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer, Citi, USA


  • Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, United Kingdom


  • Alejandro Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepolis, Mexico


  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA


  • Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell, Netherlands


  • Opening address at the Annual meeting

    Angela Merkel, the Federal Chancellor of Germany

    Other world leaders participating in the Annual Meeting

    The Forum will welcome close to 40 heads of state or government, including from Azerbaijan, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Guinea, Haiti, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Morrocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

    Additional public figures participating in the Annual Meeting

  • US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner


  • Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Donald Tsang


  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde


  • World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick


  • Secretary-General of League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby


  • Presidential Candidates for Egypt, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Amr Moussa


  • Indian representatives at Davos

  • Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.


  • Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.


  • Minister of State, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Jyotiraditya Scindia.


  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Sachin Pilot.


  • Chairman and managing director of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani.


  • Founder, chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Mittal.


  • Chairman of Wipro Limited, Azim Premji.


  • Chairman of Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group and Member of Parliament, Rahul Bajaj.


  • Chairman of Godrej Group, Adi Godrej.


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