World Economic Forum to Honor Education Advocate Shakira

World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum

The 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum will take place on 17-20 January 2017 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership.

More than 2,500 participants from nearly 100 countries will meet and participate in over 300 sessions.

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, singer / songwriter and education advocate Shakira, and artist and social activist Forest Whitaker will be awarded with the 2017 Crystal Awards in recognition of their leadership as artists improving the state of the world at a special session and concert on 16 January.

The theme of the meeting calls on global leaders to renew the systems that have supported international cooperation in the past by adapting them to today’s complex, multipolar world in ways that foster genuinely inclusive and equitable growth.

To build on this theme, the programme focuses on five “gravity centres,” each constructed to help leaders address distinct yet related critical challenges in 2017.

The five critical leadership challenges in 2017 are: strengthening global collaboration, restoring a sense of shared identity, revitalizing economic growth, reforming capitalism and preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2017 will be Brian T. Moynihan, Bank of America, documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Save the Children International, Frans van Houten, Royal Philips, and Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Photo courtesy: World Economic Forum

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