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Gavin Patterson at WEF 2017

World Economic Forum 2017

Responsive and Responsible Leadership

17 – 20 January 2017
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

The 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum addressed the profound economic and social consequences of advances in technology, demographic shifts and political transformations. Against a backdrop of rising nativism and populism, leaders in business and government were challenged to share perspectives on how to overcome discontent through inclusive and sustainable growth.

BT’s commitment to using the power of communications to create a better world leaves us ideally-placed to contribute to these conversations. Group CEO Gavin Patterson and Chairman Sir Mike Rake led a delegation of six senior executives to join over 3,000 other leaders and influencers at the Forum’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Davos.

Gavin Patterson chaired the Forum’s community meeting for Telecoms Governors, and lent his expertise to the ‘Shaping a National Digital Strategy’ panel discussion which was webcast by the Forum. Gavin’s article on collaborative innovation, meanwhile, was published by the Forum and on China Daily.

Sir Mike Rake was similarly active in contributing to the Forum’s programmes, featuring in Forum sessions on ‘Fostering Inclusion and Competitiveness’ and ‘A New Compact for Europe’.

BT’s representatives also had a number of blogs published by the Forum, reasserting BT’s thought leadership in the technology sector. Bas Burger gave ‘Four Steps to Protect your Business Against Cybercrime’, Luis Alvarez pondered ‘Replacing the CEO with a Robot’ and Maria Grazia Pecorari suggested ‘Three Ways Business Leaders can use AI Ethically’.

Our delegation also featured prominently at several WEF sessions throughout the week, with Luis representing BT on the ‘Europe Regional Business Council’, and Maria Grazia leading the discussion on ‘Unlocking Societal and Industry Value of Communications’. Our Purposeful Business initiatives were represented, too, as Niall Dunne spoke at two Forum sessions on the power of sport: ‘Sport and the Creative Economy’, and ‘Sporting for Survival’.