Author Archives: Christian Ulbrich

Picturing a world of smart, sustainable, connected cities

1 CommentBy

The World Economic Forum enters the final day of its 2019 annual meeting in what might be called a mood of cautious optimism. We’ve seen clear blue skies over Davos all week, but everyone here seems keenly aware of the clouds hovering on the horizon in our economies and societies. In particular, there is a strong sense of frustration among business leaders at the inability of politicians to resolve issues such… Read More

An optimistic outlook for the age of AI

5 CommentsBy

‘The future is upon us.’

That was the eye-catching headline on my New York Times dinner invitation for the opening night of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Subtitled ‘AI and the new work order’ the dinner helped ensure that the transformational effects of artificial intelligence will feature among the top talking points at Davos this year. AI is driving a wealth of new opportunities, but is also bringing heightened responsibilities to… Read More

Eyes turn to Davos

0 CommentsBy

Next week, political, cultural and business leaders from around the globe will gather in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. With so many political tensions and uncertainties dominating the headlines in early 2019, Davos provides a timely opportunity for leaders – especially politicians – to build fresh consensus for… Read More

Reflections on Davos: How can businesses help to make the world a better place?

0 CommentsBy

One of the great attractions of Davos is the opportunity to hear at first-hand, often in a very informal way, what is occupying the thoughts of other business leaders.  One thing on the minds of many CEOs is how to better accommodate the beliefs and ambitions of the younger generation.  Those values and goals will find their way into influencing what big business actually does much faster than for previous generations.

Competition… Read More

Three big steps forward

4 CommentsBy

‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’ is this year’s headline theme in Davos. But how? This week’s discussions have repeatedly emphasised three of the big steps governments and businesses can take to move to heal some of the fractures in our world and help to create a sustainable shared future.

First, closing the gender gap. Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF and Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway, two members… Read More