World Economic Forum Davos: These Are the Women
World Leaders unite today in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a five day conference in which the most pressing issues facing the world are discussed. This year it is entitled "Shaping the Post-Crisis World." Business leaders, executives, politicians, intellectuals and journalists are expected to talk about the economic crisis and how to get through it, but they also due to cover topics such as environmental damage, corruption, energy or health. Themes can be found here.
Attendees in the forum have historically been primarily men, but this changed when Aude Zieseniss de Thuin founded the "Davos" Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2005 to promote a women’s vision on the economic and social issues of the world.
This year, these are the women that will be at Davos:
Foundation board members:
- Susan Hockfield ( President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum)
- Christine Lagarde (Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment of France; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum)
- H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- Orit Gadiesh (Chairman, Bain & Company, USA; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum).
There are no women at all on the Managing Board. Directors are:
- Cristina Falcone ( Director Media Industries. Formerly Global Advocacy Campaigns and Audiovisual Productions, International Labour Organization)
- Sarita Nayyar (Consumer Industries. Formerly SVP & GM at Kraft Foods)
Of the seven conference's chairs, one is a woman: Maria Ramos, the Chief Executive of the South African freight rail and pipelines company Transnet. She recently resigned from the company to explore other opportunities).
Major figures to attend the conference are Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and former UK prime minister Tony Blair, Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank and Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General.
Interested in the conference? There is live streaming on the WEF's website.
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