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Deloitte at Davos 2017

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting (held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, and typically referred to as Davos) presents a yearly opportunity to gauge the world’s perspectives on pressing economic and social issues. Global leaders participate in a variety of panel discussions and private events, addressing topics at the forefront of the world agenda.


From 17-20 January, 2017, a senior Deloitte delegation will connect with global stakeholders, including government leaders and clients from across industries, to address the theme of Responsive and Responsible Leadership. Deloitte will specifically focus on leadership as it relates to the Future of Work, the Future of Mobility, Smart City opportunities, and the role that business can play in navigating these new frontiers.

The Deloitte delegation at Davos will include:

Future of Mobility

Led by Scott Corwin, Managing Director, Future of Mobility Leader, Deloitte US

The automotive and personal mobility landscape is undergoing a rapid, comprehensive upheaval. A series of converging forces are transforming everything that we've imagined transportation to be. New advances in batteries and materials are providing improved energy efficiencies and passenger safety. Connected cars are turning driving into a networked experience, and autonomous vehicles could ultimately free us from having to drive at all. Younger consumers are embracing new ideas around pay-per-use mobility and a free-wheeling mix of public and private travel. This emerging ecosystem aims to make mobility faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient than ever before—with implications for leaders in energy, insurance, health care, public policy, manufacturing, technology, and beyond.

Future of Work

Led by Brett Walsh, Global Human Capital Leader, Deloitte UK

The nature of work and the workforce is changing rapidly, driven by the acceleration of connectivity and cognitive technologies. Almost every job is being reinvented as the workplace evolves to a flexible workforce augmented by software, robots, crowds, and artificial intelligence. Deloitte has been at the forefront of chronicling this trend and working with employers to navigate the future of work. Deloitte is helping organizations understand this new, augmented workforce and the changes they must implement, from the way they design jobs and organize work to how they think about workforce and skills planning.

Smart City

Led by Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte at Davos 2017

Our clients are facing unprecedented disruption, and more than ever, industry lines are blurring and converging. Smart City is a great example of that convergence. Sensors and connected technologies are helping to transform public services across transportation, sanitation, energy, and broad constituent engagement. Smart City strategies and tools developed by Deloitte help us deliver the future to our clients, offering them thought leadership and solutions that integrate insights from multiple sectors.

This year at Davos, Deloitte and AT&T are co-sponsoring the "Smart Cities | Smart Nations" panel discussion as part of their alliance to build Smart Cities. Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte, and Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T, will explore how organizations can create scalable and sustainable models to help cities realize the benefits of Smart City opportunities. They will be joined by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research Science & Innovation and Richard Quest, CNN International Business Correspondent. Learn more about Smart City strategies.

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World Economic Forum projects

Deloitte has been selected to serve as an official advisor to four Forum projects this year. Deloitte project advisors in attendance at Davos will participate in high-level discussions and share thought leadership pieces on current global issues for their respective initiatives, which include:

  • Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services; Project advisor: Bob Contri
  • Food Security and Agriculture; Project advisor: Shay Eliaz
  • Redesigning Development Finance; Project advisor: John Mennel
  • Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI); Project advisor: Penelope Lepeudry

On the Davos agenda

Ending Corruption: The Recovery of Trust

Hosted by the World Economic Forum; featuring Deloitte Global Chairman David Cruickshank:

  • When: Thursday, 19 January, 16:30 – 17:30 p.m. (CET) / 10:30 - 11:30 p.m. (EST)

Description: Corruption creates distrust of leaders and public institutions, yet 40 percent of chief executives do not consider it a top priority. How can leaders fight corruption more decisively and effectively? This session will be moderated by Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times, USA

Panelists will include:

  • David Cruickshank, Global Chairman, Deloitte, United Kingdom
  • Michel Sapin, Minister of Economy and Finance of France
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paytm, India
  • Guy Standing, Research Professor in Development Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director, Transparency International, Germany

To join: This session will be live streamed by the World Economic Forum.

Live from Davos 2017

This year, Deloitte will participate in and host a series of events, ranging from real-time live-streamed conversations to private meetings. Select events will be open to a global audience online, enabling a real-time experience and connecting a widespread set of stakeholders. Join the conversation using #DeloitteFutureNow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

#DeloitteFutureNow live-stream social media conversations

Throughout the week, Deloitte will discuss topics that are fundamentally transforming how individuals act and the way businesses operate now and in the future. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for two live-streamed panel conversations direct from the Deloitte green room on-site at Davos. We invite our online audience to share their thoughts, comments, and questions in real-time during our discussion.

The Future of Work: The augmented workforce

Wednesday, 18 January, 15:00 – 16:00 p.m. (CET) / 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Description: Driven by the acceleration of connectivity and cognitive technology, the nature of work and the workforce is changing. Almost every job is being reinvented, and organizations must approach external talent, robotics, cognitive tools, and AI systems as the “new, augmented workforce.” As this trend gathers momentum, it is necessitating sweeping changes to the way companies design jobs, organize work, and think about workforce and skills planning.

“The Future of Work” will discuss how automation, cognitive computing, and crowds are paradigm-shifting forces that will reshape the workforce now and in the near future.

Details: Brett Walsh, Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Leader, and Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor for The Economist Group, will explore the role of people and technology in shaping the workplace of the future. Tune in live on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.

The Future of Mobility: A new ecosystem of mobility

Thursday, 19 January, 15:00 – 16:00 p.m. (CET) / 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Description: Breakthroughs in self-driving cars are only the beginning: The entire way we travel from point A to point B is changing. This transformation is creating a new ecosystem of personal mobility, with implications affecting more than just the automotive industry.

“The Future of Mobility” will discuss how industries from insurance and health care to energy and media can create value in this emerging environment.

Details:  Scott Corwin, Managing Director, Future of Mobility Leader, Deloitte US, Michael Ableson, Chief Strategy Officer, General Motors, Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Media Labs, and Alan Murray, Editor-in-Chief of Fortune, will explore the implications of tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem and how to succeed in it. Tune in live on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.

Leadership perspectives from Davos

In the days leading up to and during Davos, Deloitte delegates and thought leaders will share their insights on Forum topics. Read the latest blog posts from Deloitte leaders at Davos: 

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