January 22, 2020 | Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, Davos, Switzerland

The Smart Economy

Technological disruption is poised to reshape entire economies in the years to come, as AI, automation and IoT bring about a transformation in commercial and industrial processes. But as in any revolution, the process is not always painless.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bloomberg will convene c-suite leaders for a programmed luncheon focused on how thought-leaders and policy-makers are working to build a digital-first global economy. The program will also examine how technology can help tackle some of the biggest challenges we face in addressing climate change.


January 22 - Wednesday

11:45 am

Registration & Networking

12:10 pm

Welcome Remarks

12:15 pm

Building the Digital-First Global Economy: How Business Leaders and Policy-Makers Should Collaborate to Refine the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution presents an opportunity to harness digitalization and technologies like 5G, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence in order to create a more inclusive future. Digital solutions can provide the building blocks for access to education, health services, financial inclusion, industry and manufacturing, but what are the public and private sector’s roles in driving this new chapter of development? How can society thoughtfully develop and deploy new technologies in a manner which creates lasting positive change? As society approaches a pivot point, our panel examines how technology can be made the digital backbone of the global economy.



1:10 pm

The Innovation Imperative: Reimagining our Economic Future as Circular

As sustainability moves to the forefront of the public consciousness, how can we use innovation to disrupt existing economic systems, minimize or eliminate waste, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and support an entirely new way of life? How much can digital technologies boost sustainability efforts through industrial automation, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, circular business models and more? This conversation explores how businesses might better deploy innovation as society radically rethinks economic growth.



1:40 pm

Working Toward a Brave New - Sustainable - World

Actor, producer and Global Citizen Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Hugh Evans, the founder and CEO of Global Citizen, outline an action plan for creating a sustainable and equal future. Join us to hear how leaders and citizens can combine forces to tackle poverty, gender equality, hunger, water and sanitation issues for a brave, new, sustainable world.



2:00 pm

Closing Remarks


Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Kate Brandt

Sustainability Officer Google

Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Chairman Tata Sons

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

Actor, Producer & Global Citizen Ambassador

Börje Ekholm

President & CEO Ericsson

Marc Engel

Chief Supply Chain Officer Unilever

Hugh Evans

Co-Founder & CEO Global Citizen

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty

Vice President, International Rides Uber

S Iswaran

Minister for Communications and Information; Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations Republic of Singapore

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Simon Kennedy

Executive Editor for Economics Bloomberg News

Andrew Morlet

Chief Executive Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Peter Voser

Chairman, CEO & Member of the Group Executive Committee ABB


Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. Ericsson is committed to driving climate action within our company, industry and for society at large— by developing, providing and designing technology, products and solutions that increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com