World Economic Forum gets underway in Davos


One of the most important annual meetings in the political and economic calendar began today, as the rich, famous and powerful head to a mountain village in Switzerland to discuss current affairs, network and attempt to thrash out deals for the benefit of the global political economy.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has grown from a small huddle in the 1970s, when it was started by the academic Klaus Schwab in the Alpine resort of Davos, to hosting more than 2,500 participants, of which more than 1,000 are chief executives or company chairs and more than 40 are world leaders.

This year, the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel will be rubbing shoulders with Bill Gates, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Canada’s premier Justin Trudeau, with the event taking place between 20 and 23 January.

Issues like the refugee crisis, terrorism, climate change, the rise of automated technology and rising interest rates are likely to be among the big themes, and a plethora of business, political, motivational and conference speakers will take to the stage and divulge knowledge of their chosen fields.

At Champions Motivational Speakers we can book many prominent figures from the world of business and politics to give your conference a boost, including Gareth Davis, officially one of the most successful active CEOs in the world.

Gareth spent 38 years at Imperial Tobacco in several roles, including Director of Finance and Executive Director, and helped transform the company into one of the most efficient in the world.

He initially retired in 2010, but after a three-month break he went on to become chairman of bookmaker William Hill and, by 2012, added two more chairmanships to his name; FTSE 100 plumbing supplier Wolseley, and packaging firm DS Smith.

An internationally renowned business speaker, Gareth delivers comprehensive talks on issues that include corporate transformation, as well as management and leadership of large companies with an emphasis on business and finance expertise.

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