Join ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jonas Prising, I.AM.PLUS Founder and CEO, will.i.am, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, Financial Times US Managing Editor Gillian Tett, Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza, Dir. Business Development Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft, Navrina Singh, KPMG Head of People Susan Ferrier, Samsung Chief Design Officer-IoT Moe Tanabian, Barclays UK, CEO, Ashok Vaswani, and IBM Watson Chief David Kenny for robust discussion on what it actually takes to drive sustained business performance in the digital age.
7:30pm Drinks & Reception
8:00 - 10:00pm Dinner & Discussion
The Ameron Hotel, Symondpark Room, Scalettastrasse 22,
7270 Davos, Switzerland
Jonas Prising was named ManpowerGroup Chairman in December of 2015 and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May 2014. He leads all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s $20 billion business in 80 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to being elected CEO, Prising served as ManpowerGroup President from 2012 to 2014, leading the company’s operations in the Americas and Southern Europe, and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions businesses.
I.AM.PLUS Founder and CEO, will.i.am focused on merging the worlds of technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for enterprise, as well as smarter consumer devices. His i.am.angel Foundation funds STEAM-centric learning programs for disadvantaged students, including coding and robotics. will.i.am has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy, a CLIO and World Economic Forum Crystal Award. In 2017, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder/CEO of WPP. Under his leadership, the company has become the world’s largest communications services group, with over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) working across some 150 companies in 112 countries. He is one of the most respected global industry leaders whose views on business and the world economy are widely sought. In 2016, WPP had revenues of over $19 billion and billings of $74 billion.
Andrew Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company. He also serves as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont, a $73 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors. A recognized global business leader with more than 40 years at Dow, Liveris' career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world. During more than a decade as Dow’s CEO, he has led the Company’s transformation from a cyclical chemicals manufacturing company into a novel enterprise - one powered by science, driven by innovation and delivering solutions to the world.
Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.
Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
Navrina is responsible for business strategy and product partnerships to forge new businesses leveraging AI technologies. Prior to Microsoft, Navrina spent 12 years at Qualcomm Incorporated, where she held multiple roles across engineering, strategy and product management. Most recently she was the head of Qualcomm ImpaQt, technology incubator within company's Strategy and M&A organization, she was responsible for company-wide technology innovation and partnerships. Navrina is a Young Global Leader with World Economic Forum, for her work in technology, Startup ecosystem & Diversity and Inclusion spanning a decade. Navrina holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Francisco D’Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and a member of its Board of Directors. Cognizant is a leading professional services company whose mission is to help clients around the world transform their business, operating and technology models in tandem to achieve the promise of digital technology at scale.
In his role as CEO, Francisco sets the strategic direction, promotes Cognizant’s values and client-first culture, and focuses on ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term stockholder value. He co-founded Cognizant in 1994 and has served as the company’s CEO since 2007, leading its revenue growth from $2.1 billion that year to $13.5 billion in 2016. Cognizant is ranked 230 on the Fortune 500 and consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world.
David Kenny is senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads. David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, underground.com, and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.
Susan Ferrier (MBA, BA LLB) is KPMG’s newly-appointed Global Head of People, responsible for leading the Global Culture & People strategy for the firm’s 200,000 professionals across 152 countries. Susan is a member of KPMG’s Global Management Team, and is responsible for leading the Global HR, Global L&D, Global Citizenship and Global Inclusion & Diversity functions. Susan is a passionate advocate for gender equality and indigenous issues and held the role of Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity for KPMG from 2016 to 2017. In this period, Susan elevated the focus on harnessing KPMG’s inclusive culture and the power of diversity throughout the firm. Prior to her current position, Susan was the National Managing Partner for People, Performance & Culture at KPMG Australia. During her six and a half years in this role, Susan defined and grew the People & Culture agenda, supporting the exponential growth of the Australian firm.
In his role as Chief Design Officer-IoT and head of ID8 Innovation Lab, Moe Tanabian leads a team of highly skilled multi-disciplinary engineers, designers and scientist with a mandate to innovate new experiences and technologies in the IoT, Smart Objects and the new world of connected everything space. Prior to joining Samsung, Moe worked for Amazon leading the efforts for building and delivering Amazon Android Appstore on Kindle Fire and HD devices, and for the wireless division of Nortel as a lead software architect for CDMA and UMTS Infrastructure products. He additionally worked for Arthur D. Little as a Strategy Management Consultant leading engagements for mobile operators product strategy projects, globally.
As CEO, UK, Ashok covers Retail Banking, Wealth, Business Banking and Barclaycard UK. Ashok joined Barclays in 2010, managing the credit card business across the UK, Europe and the Nordics, becoming chairman of Entercard. He went on to manage Barclays in Africa, Barclays Retail Business Bank globally and Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking. Ashok is a member of Barclays Bank UK PLC Board, UK Finance Board and the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice. He also sits on the advisory boards of a number of institutions such as Rutberg & Co and is Founder Director of Lend-a-Hand, a non-profit organisation focused on rural education in India.
Christian is the Co-Founder & CEO of the API and data integration platform xapix.io which empowers enterprises to exchange data - empowering new digital business models and artificial intelligence in the smart cities and connected car space. Based in the San Francisco, he is a Masters Fellow in System Design and Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent his career at the intersection of transportation, information technology and digital management. During his research time at MIT, he also worked for UBER Technologies as a Developer Advocate in SF, he worked as a research assistant for MIT Sloan's Initiative on the Digital Economy on corporate innovation and led a team at MIT to build the next generation of digital transport products for Hyperloop Transport Technologies. Previously, Christian co-created the Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Berlin where he built new partnerships and led the open data strategy for Lufthansa Group. Prior he served as Executive Assistant to the Board at Lufthansa Cargo for Finance, HR & IT. He helped build the G20 Foundation and together with fellow Global Shapers, he has built up the NextB2BForum which strengthens the collaboration of corporations and start-ups where he focused on innovation & trends in the mobility sector.
Layla Dong currently serves as a Foundation Board Member at the WEF Global Shapers Community. Since 2013, she has played an integral role towards the development of the community, by providing innovative and insightful ideas. She is the founder of Blockshine Communication, a world-leading supplier of blockchain-related information. Blockshine focuses on providing high-quality holistic solutions and consulting services towards the development of blockchain-related technology, blockchain applications and cryptocurrency exchanges. Read more