World Economic Forum Davos


World Economic Forum Davos

World Economic Forum Davos

23rd- 26th January 2018

Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World


WEF – What is it?

The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non profit organisation based in Geneva committed to improving the state of the world. It was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a professor at the University of Geneva, and it is an annual conference which takes place every January in Davos, Switzerland. This year it will be taking place from 23rd-26th January 2018 with the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.

Previously the European Management Forum

It was previously know and the “European Management Forum”, but its name was changed in 1987 to reflect its broadening vision focusing on helping resolve international conflicts. The conference brings together 3,000 of the top business leaders, politicians, economists, journalists and celebrities. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will be opening proceedings on Tuesday 23rd, and  president Emmanuel Macron of France will be addressing the WEF on January 24th.

Who are the Attendees?

This year people as diverse as the King of Jordan, Donald Trump, Elton John, Cate Blanchett and Jimmy Wales will be there. In addition to Mr Trump, other politicians attending include British Prime Minister Theresa May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from Canada, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the President of Switzerland and of Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe and the European Commission.

For more information and to follow what is going on at Davos you can watch live videos on the WEF website.

Tight Security

If you are thinking of visiting Davos do be aware that security is extremely tight, particularly this year. As well as police security controls kilometres outside the town, security with the town will be very stringent – so do make sure you have your identity documents on you at all times in case you are stopped.


Hotels in Davos have been booked out for this week months in advance and people will be staying in hotels miles away to commute daily to the conference – so unless your are very lucky, you will be most unlikely to find a hotel room in Davos during the conference.

Keep an eye out in the skies as they’re bound to be filled with private jets and helicopters winging the VIPs to Davos and all its snow.

Details of WEF18

Where: Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland

When: 23rd- 26th January 2018

To see this year’s agenda click here

To see live webcasts of the proceedings click here..

For details of the 2018 Agenda see here.

See a video of the Opening Performance here.


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