World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

January 23 – 27, 2013

m.o. Partners founder, Kari Hayden, recently had the opportunity to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for 2013 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

The Annual Meeting serves as a venue for “engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.” The event features over 3,000 participants “representing all sectors of global society, from business and government to civil society, spiritual and media leaders.”

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Some of the 2013 speakers included Kofi Annan (Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation, Switzerland, and Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2006), David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Charlize Theron (Actress and Founder, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project) and Muhammad Yunus (Chairman, Yunus Centre, Bangladesh).

For this year’s conference, Kari stayed in the Grameen House, and throughout the course of her time in Davos, participated in an array of receptions and discussions. Kari kicked off the conference by attending an evening event sponsored by PepsiCo at Schneider’s Cafe. PepsiCo CEO, Indra K. Nooyi, was in attendance. Conversations with staff surrounded how they are positioning their work in CSR and shared-values by providing products and services that are nutrition focused.

Walking with Grameen Team and Muhammad Yunus

She had the opportunity to attend a Yale University reception with Henry A. Kissinger (Chairman, Kissinger Associates), a World Food Programme breakfast with Nicholas D. Kristof (Columnist, The New York Times), and the 9th Davos Ukrainian lunch hosted by EastOne and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. She also attended a Fenton Communications breakfast with Lisa Witter (Partner and Chief Change Officer, Fenton), the 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable, and the Open Forum Davos 2013 lecture on obesity.

World Food Programme breakfast with Nicholas D. Kristof

She attended several events surrounding the topic of online learning. The first was an MIT learning event moderated by Thomas L. Friedman (Columnist, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times). The Presidents of MIT and Harvard, among others, attended to discuss the benefits and challenges surrounding online education. She also attended a lecture featuring William H. Gates III (Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Peter A. Thiel (Partner, Founders Fund), and Lawrence H. Summers (Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University).

Kari also had the opportunity to meet with PWC, Cisco, Intel, Dalio, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, and Bain Capitol. Additional event participations included the Unilever Reception: A Billion Better Lives, SkyBridge Capital Wine Forum, and the Bank of America Reception.

Kari is grateful for the opportunity she had to participate in this annual meeting. Here are some of her behind the scenes photos:

Want more behind the scenes excitement? Check out Kari’s video blogs, taken while in Davos: