With organizations operating in an increasingly complex environment characterized by rising geopolitical tensions, aging populations, climate change, and accelerating technology, the time for stopgap measures has passed. We must reimagine how our systems operate—from product design to AI, from food systems to supply chains. And we must do it quickly.

On the occasion of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, we are delighted to invite you to join us and hear from thought leaders and senior executives on how they are addressing the latest challenges, why the future is regenerative, and what partnerships are needed to make a positive impact at all levels of society:

WEF AM24 Kearney events

Interested in attending one of our events during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting? Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Food for thought: financing the food system transition

Tuesday January 16, 2024 | 07:15 – 08:30 CET
Location: Kearney Glass House (Promenade 103, 7270 Davos)

The 21st century calls for an expanded food system mission: feeding the world by regenerating human and ecosystem health. In this discussion we will explore:

  • Why a transformation to a regenerative food system from farm input suppliers through farming practices and processing methods all the way to consumers is critical for both human and planetary health and well-being.
  • The transition financing required, and how the stakeholders with the resources and reach can overcome barriers to lead the change.
  • How we can unlock barely tapped funding pools by designing across interdependent systems and homing in on food and health links.
  • Time horizons. What we’ll find is that contrary to common refrain, regenerative transformation isn’t all “short-term pain for long-term gain.” On-farm benefits from improved soil and fewer input costs can increase profits in as little as three to five years. And on the human health side, as Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, professor and director of the Food is Medicine Institute at Tufts University, says, "Food is also treatment. Healthy diets can improve many major health issues [and] results can often be seen in well under a year."

Join us in Davos as we explore how we can bring to life a regenerative food-health system that co-creates abundance with our natural ecosystems.

Waste not, want not: product design and regeneration
(World Economic Forum programme)

Tuesday January 16, 2024 | 11:30 – 12:30 CET
Location: Dome A, Ice Village, Davos-Klosters

In a world where the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation loom large, the pursuit of sustainability has become more vital than ever. The shift to a circular economy is moving toward a recovery model instead of the traditional “take, make, and dispose” approach. These initiatives focus on reducing waste and reusing and recycling materials, creating a closed-loop system that not only reduces the environmental impact but also fosters economic growth and innovation.

In this session, we will explore the potential of product design. We’ll discuss why this has become a boardroom priority when tackling the myriad of sustainability challenges along with how the leading companies are reimagining, repurposing, and reinventing their products and taking a “waste not, want not” nature-positive approach.

A necessary shift: building regenerative businesses and capturing untapped value

Tuesday January 16, 2024 | 19:00 – 20:30 CET
Location: Kearney Glass House (Promenade 103, 7270 Davos)

Leaders globally are being put to the test as they face unceasing disruptions and economic uncertainty. However, with the cycle of challenges presenting themselves, trends ever-evolving and the sounding alarm of climate change, being agile is no longer enough. For organizations to see the most value it can no longer be about the ability to switch lanes at speed when directed or in an endless state of reinvention, but to be in a constant state of regeneration and this will require a new end-to end view on the business. It’s no surprise this still boils down to a combination of design, human, and artificial intelligence, but what is the balance and approach? How do you not only move at speed, but interconnectedly? How do you build to regenerate?

Are leaders ready for the AI Age?

Wednesday January 17, 2024 | 07:30 – 08:45 CET
Location: Kearney Glass House (Promenade 103, 7270 Davos)

The age of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us and is transforming the way we conduct business. As organizations embrace AI, executives are gearing up to navigate new opportunities and major disruption, yet from our recent AI in Leadership survey, only 20 percent of leaders believe their organizations are prepared for the change.

To explore the importance of leadership in the transition to an AI-enabled workforce, Kearney and Egon Zehnder will be hosting an executive breakfast during which we discuss the latest insights from our joint report and hear how executives foresee the impact of AI on their organizations and roles.

Regenerative global supply chains: resilience, risk, agility, and sustainability

Wednesday January 17, 2024 | 12:30 – 13:30 CET
Location: Kearney Glass House (Promenade 103, 7270 Davos)

Supply chains continue to be shaken by more geopolitical conflicts, trade wars, and extreme weather events. The uncertainties and disruptions that are everywhere these days will not be going away any time soon and make it vital for leaders to explore a new regenerative supply chain model. Yet, for most companies, a regenerative supply chain is a stage or two beyond how their supply chains are set up today.

Co-hosted with the World Climate Foundation, this session will discuss how leaders can move to regenerative supply chains, where resilience and sustainability are seen not as detriments to growth, but as the surest catalysts of lasting prosperity and dynamism for companies, and for the world economy as a whole.

Redesigning healthcare with women in mind

Wednesday January 17, 2024 | 19:00 – 20:30 CET
Location: Kearney Glass House (Promenade 103, 7270 Davos)

Women experience many inequities in healthcare. These include a lack of funding and research into female diseases and the development of drugs and devices that would benefit all but are being tested and designed specifically for men. Such an unequal healthcare system not only puts women at a clear disadvantage in terms of medical treatment but also leaves them feeling sidelined and inadequately supported.

During the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Kearney, FemTechnology, and senior executives from established global organizations will be collaborating on an open letter highlighting the gender inequity in healthcare. This special event provides a forum for the newly formed community to convene and connect on next steps. A huge undertaking, parity can only be achieved with the involvement of players across the entire healthcare value chain, from pharma companies, start-ups, and nonprofits to payers, providers, academics, and investors. With your support, we hope to make the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting the start of our journey together toward a new healthcare system that serves women better.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Program

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.

For more information on the AM24 program, please contact [email protected].

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]. 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.