WEF Annual Meeting 2023 events

On the occasion of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Kearney will be hosting a series of events designed to bring together key stakeholders to address the latest challenges and opportunities and discuss how we can work together to make a positive impact at all levels of society.  

G20/B20 reflections and aspirations for the Indonesia ASEAN BAC 2030 Chairmanship

Tuesday January 17, 2023 | 07:15 – 08:30 CET | Kearney Glass House

Hosted by Kearney and the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), this event presents a rare opportunity to meet and exchange thoughts with Indonesian leadership and reflect on the recent Indonesian G20/B20 session. This session will also illustrate Indonesia’s aspirations for the ASEAN BAC Chairmanship in 2023.

Speakers will include the following people: 

  • Arsjad Rasjid, chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN)
  • H.E. Luhut Pandjaitan, senior minister, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN)

The leadership test: tackling the generational divide 

Tuesday January 17, 2023 | 18:00 – 20:00 CET | Kearney Glass House

Hosted by Michael Ensser, chairman, Egon Zehnder; Alex Liu, managing partner and chairman of the board, Kearney; and Mirko Warschun, senior partner, Kearney, this session will build on our latest report, Different Generations, Same Ideals: What Workers of All Ages Value in their Jobs, and explore how leaders can tackle the polarizing generational values, outlook, and aspirations, and unite their workforce across all age demographics. 

Featuring Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo, Fortune’s 40 under 40, formerly with Time Warner and Amazon, WEF Young Global Leader

Reconfiguring supply chains: capturing new opportunities for growth

Wednesday January 18, 2023 | 09:00 – 10:00 CET | Ice Village (Dome B)

In today’s increasingly complex world, leaders are under unprecedented pressure to address the prevalent economic, environmental, ethical, and political risks, and ensure that the overall health of their organization remains robust. With manufacturers facing a fresh barrage of macroeconomic headwinds, reacting to ongoing supply chain disruption through continuous adaptation alone is no longer an option and the firms that fail to act now and prepare for the new paradigm will feel the impact on their top line.  

During this session, we will explore both how organizations are balancing resilience with performance and sustainability to ensure long-term business continuity and the trends and the winning strategies that forward-thinking leaders have identified in response to the shift toward a supply-constrained economy.

Speakers will include the following people: 

  • Alan McKinnon, Professor of logistics, Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg and Professor Emeritus, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Kathy Wengel, executive vice president, chief global supply chain officer, and member of the company's executive committee, Johnson & Johnson
  • Leslie Donato, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  • Tejpreet (TP) Chopra, president and chief executive officer, BLP Group
  • Moderator: Suketu Gandhi, senior partner and global head of strategic operations, Kearney

Leadership challenges in the new normal: resilience, reshoring, and regeneration

Wednesday January 18, 2023 | 18:30 – 20:30 CET | Kearney Glass House

Post-pandemic, we will never go “back to normal.” Rather, the new state of the world will be marked by constant transition and disruption. The challenges of this new world lie in operations and are currently at the top of every COO’s mind. But every challenge brings opportunity. As everyone is looking to the COO for answers, visionary COOs have seized the moment and started to redesign their operations in response to the paradigm shift. This redesign of operations involves reconnecting with the customer promise, ensuring versatile resilience, investing in innovative sustainability, and partnering with suppliers. COOs that navigate the redesign will shape their firms’ overall strategies far beyond operations and move themselves into the spotlight as the potential next CEO. This session explores the challenges that CEOs and COOs are facing in the current volatile business environment, and how they reshape the role of operations in building a firm’s long-term strategy and success.

Speakers will include the following people: 

  • Delphine Bourrilly, president and senior partner, Kearney France
  • Pamela Carter, member of the board of directors, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Carl-Johan Hellner, chief operating officer ports & terminals and head of Stena Line Group Strategy, Stena Line
  • Martijn Lopes Cardozo, chief executive officer, Circle Economy
  • Moderator: Suketu Gandhi, senior partner and global head of strategic operations, Kearney

Addressing the bottlenecks of the circular economy

Thursday January 19, 2023 | 09:30 – 10:30 CET | Ice Village (Dome B)

With circularity gathering pace, those leading the pack are already discovering new revenue opportunities, business growth, and the creation of sustainable jobs. But with many traditional companies facing multi-layered challenges and old systems confining them to the old world, it won't be long before we see the gap widen between the top and bottom corporate performers and, possibly, new industry leaders. 

This session will explore how organizations have integrated circularity into their products and processes and removed the bottlenecks to success, allowing them to create lasting value for people, economies, and the environment.

Speakers will include the following people:

  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, behavioral scientist, US chief executive officer and board member of We Don’t Have Time
  • Jacob Duer, President and chief executive officer, Alliance To End Plastic Waste
  • Robert Metzke, global head of sustainability, Philips
  • Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer, Volvo Group
  • Moderator: Beth Bovis, senior partner, Kearney

Positive retail: the digitization of physical retail is a climate technology

Thursday January 19, 2023 | 09:30 – 10:30 CET | Kearney Glass House

Hosted by Kearney and SES-imagotag, this session intends to put retail at the heart of the global sustainability agenda by discussing how the digitization of physical retail can enable a more sustainable hybrid commerce development model—particularly a more sustainable e-commerce model—and help avoid massive carbon emissions in the coming years.

Speakers will include the following people:

  • Angela Baker, chief sustainability officer, Qualcomm
  • Hans Carpels, president, Euronics
  • Judith McKenna, president and chief executive officer, Walmart International
  • Rhiannon Thomas, senior partner and consumer goods and retail leader, Kearney
  • Thierry Gadou, chairman and chief executive officer, SES-imagotag

The transformational power of digital payments for governments

Thursday January 19, 2023 | 17:00 – 18:45 CET | Kearney Glass House

While digitalization is not a new territory for the public sector, governments are uncovering a significant number of benefits through their transformational journeys, with many more opportunities still to be realized. By improving access to the public sector, reinforcing the trust in government, fostering innovation to support smaller businesses, and driving prosperity where individuals, businesses, and various economic sectors can thrive, the rewards are vast. This event will provide participants with the opportunity to hear insights from the latest Kearney x Visa report as well as the journeys of different government officials and how digitalization has helped them navigate crucial junctures.

Speakers will include the following people: 

  • Charlotte Hogg, chief executive officer, Europe, Visa
  • George Dubynskyi, deputy minister of digital transformation, Ukraine
  • Moderator: Andrew Stewart, senior partner and head of UK and Ireland, Kearney

Visit the Glass House

As a long established strategic partner of the World Economic Forum, Kearney is back at its unique Glass House directly across from the Congress Centre and in the heart of Davos. The Glass House will be home to a number of small, intimate CEO meetings featuring some of the world's most important thought leaders.

To visit the Kearney Glass House please contact [email protected]. Please note the Glass House is located within the high security zone, outside the Hilton Garden Inn at 103 Promenade, CH-7270 Davos Platz. For a map of the Glass House location please click here.