The Club of Rome at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024

The Club of Rome at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024
15-19 January 2024

The Club of Rome will join the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, along with over 100 governments, all major international organisations, and the 1000 most important global companies, civil society and academic institutions. The 54th annual meeting will drive public-private cooperation at the highest level, with a focus on exploring the opportunities enabled by new technologies and their implications on decision-making and global partnership.

The Club of Rome will host and participate in the sessions below.

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Futur/io CSO Awards /24 to Celebrate European Chief Sustainability Officers During the World Economic Forum

Monday 15 January, 18:00 CET
Berghotel Schatzalp, Davos Davos

This gala event, taking place in Davos during the opening night of the World Economic Forum, will be a celebration and recognition of the remarkable work being carried out by European Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs). These sustainability leaders are driving the transformation of enterprises towards more sustainable and responsible business models, while scaling best practices in corporate sustainability. The Club of Rome Co-president  will present the keynote and will be jury president.

Business Leadership Amidst 2024 Elections Around the Globe 

Tuesday 16 January, 07:00-08:30 CET
Morosani Posthotel. Promenade 42, Davos.

2024 is a year of crucial elections worldwide. Set against a backdrop of technological, economic, and social shifts, these upcoming elections present additional uncertainty for business. As we look ahead to the new year, many questions arise. What are the stakes? Why is this a business issue? Why is this important for sustainability? What is the role of business? How should companies think about crucial communities and their interests. Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, The Co-president of The Club of Rome will speak at this breakfast roundtable discussion hosted by BSR, in partnership with Kite Insights, exploring how business can be a catalyst for positive change in 2024 and beyond.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, The Co-president of The Club of Rome, Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR, Teresa Hutson, CVP of Tech for Fundamental Rights, Microsoft, Marc Lacey, Managing Editor, The New York Times (Moderator) and Daniel Sachs, Founder and CEO, P Capital Partners, Vice-Chair, Open Society Foundation

A New Generational Contract: Intergenerational Leadership for Regenerative Strategies

Tuesday 16 January, 12:00-14:00 CET
SDG Tent, Davos
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Fighting the climate and biodiversity crises and shifting towards regenerative economies will require much more than technical innovation. A paradigm shift in our beliefs, mental models and the timescales guiding organisations and policy institutions will be absolutely essential. Current leadership and decision-making structures need to adapt to the new realities facing us and not hinder progress. The global youth movement for climate action has demonstrated this generation’s immense mobilising potential for change. We’ll find out how increasing  intergenerational  leadership  and decision-making models can promote mutual learning and shore up strong commitment to long-term transformation. 

This session is hosted by The Club of Rome and the St Gallen Symposium in partnership with InTent.

Moderated by: Nolita Mvunelo, Programme Manager, The Club of Rome and Felix  Rüdiger, Head of Content and Research, St. Gallen Symposium

Speakers include: Aya Chebbi, Founder, Nalafem; Former African Union Special Envoy on Youth, Christopher Davis, International Sustainability, Activism and Communications Director, The Body Shop, UK and Felipe Paullier, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs and Till Fust, Co-Director, Solarify; Member of the Board of Directors, Tornos.


Tuesday 16 January, 16:00-18:00 CET
Hotel Derby, Larchensaal,139 Promenade 7260 Davos Dorf Switzerland
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Many people assume that self-inflicted existential challenges such as climate change will be tackled by more research and innovation similar to what we have been developing in past decades. Yet, we have to question whether current R&I processes are effectively serving humanity and the ecosystems on which we depend, or rather contributing to a runaway course that will lead to more extractivism, exploitation of resources of all kinds, and increasing dehumanisation and disconnection.

So how can we catalyse the conditions for our economic processes to engage in a pathway towards regeneration by default? Ensuring science is at the service of equitable wellbeing on a healthy planet is one key way. This requires mobilising natural and social sciences, the humanities, artistic practices, modern science and ancient wisdom still alive in indigenous cultures. The endeavour is not less than a shift in the way that research and innovation interact with society today, across disciplines, cultures and generations.

This session is hosted by The Club of Rome and the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.

Moderated by Carlos Alvarez Pereira, The Club of Rome Secretary General

With Azadeh Farajpour Javazmi, Founder, Better Soil for a Better World, Lydia Maher, Co-Founder, Critical Loop, UK, Peter Messerli, Director, Wyss Academy for Nature, University of Bern, Switzerland, Mamphela Ramphele, Honorary President, The Club of Rome and Paul Shrivastava, Co-president of The Club of Rome and Professor of Management & Organizations, The Pennsylvania State University, US.

A debate by The New York Times:This House Believes That Global Cooperation is Dead.

Wednesday 17 January, 16:00-18:00 CET
Hotel Morosani Schweizerhof – Damoro Restaurant, Promenade 50, Davos.

Some would argue that against a backdrop of regional wars, an increasingly isolated Russia and assertive China, and India’s soaring economic power, negotiating new conditions for global collaboration is the only thing we can do. At its best, and as history has proven, good diplomacy and strategic alliances can secure the future, even where there are deep ideological rifts. Are we living a table-turning moment: the rise of new superpowers and a truly multipolar world order? Or is there hope for global cooperation in the name of crises that will affect us all? Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President at The Club of Rome will speak at this debate,  moderated by David Gelles, Reporter, The New York Times and Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President International, The New York Times, with remarks from Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO, The New York Times. The jury will include former US President Al Gore and Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani, former deputy CEO, Qatar Financial Centre.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President at The Club of Rome, Rachel Kyte, Visiting professor of practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Co-Chair VCMI and Director of The Public Infrastructure Development Group;  Mariana Mazzucato,  Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London where she is the founding director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose; Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO and Chief Change Catalyst at The B Team and Alaa Murabit, provisional YES, Director: Global Policy, Advocacy & Communications (Health) at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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