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Open Forum Davos Marks 11th Year with Most Eclectic Programme to Date

Michèle Mischler, Associate Director, Tel.: +41 (0)79 571 8225;

  • Eclectic line-up of sessions open to the public range from religion to sports, obesity and the economy
  • Panellists will include top leaders from business, politics and civil society
  • For more information about the 11th Open Forum:

Davos, Switzerland, 18 January 2013 – The World Economic Forum’s Open Forum Davos series of public debates, held in Davos, Switzerland, between 23 and 26 January 2013, enters its 11th year of offering the public high-quality panellists and a rich range of subjects.

Upholding its tradition of embracing a controversial and eclectic range of issues, the 2013 Open Forum will comprise seven debates on matters of local, national and international interest. As in previous Open Forums, each session has been designed to bring out the widest range of voices, the most compelling ideas and maximum interaction with the audience.

Some of the leading personalities who will participate in the Open Forum are:

  • Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé, Switzerland
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels
  • Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys, India
  • Vittorio Grilli, Minister of Economy and Finance of Italy
  • Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports of the Swiss Confederation
  • Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House, United Kingdom
  • Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva
  • Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany
The following topics will be discussed at the Open Forum:

Wednesday 23 January
12.30 - 14.00     NGOs as New Models for the 21st Century
19.00 - 20.30     Unemployed or Unemployable?

Thursday 24 January
12.30 - 14.00     Mega Sporting Events – In Whose Interest?
19.00 - 20.30     Life Lessons from Jazz – Improvisation as a Way of Life

Friday 25 January

12.30 - 14.00     Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?
19.00 - 20.30     Eurozone – Solidarity or Domination?

Saturday 26 January
11:00 - 12:30     War Against Obesity – Fat Invoice?

As in previous years, Open Forum Davos 2013 will be held at the Swiss Alpine Mittelschule, Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz. Though no registration is required, those wishing to participate in the audience are encouraged to arrive early, as the maximum capacity of the auditorium is 300. For those unable to take part, all sessions will be livestreamed on the Open Forum website

You can also follow the debates using the Open Forum Twitter account: @OpenForumDavos #WEF #OFD.

Some of the sessions will be broadcast by Swiss Television (SF-info), available at YouTube after the event.

Notes to Editors

More information about the Annual Meeting 2013 is available at
View the best photographs from the Annual Meeting on Flickr at
Free media access to the Forum press photo archive Swiss-Image at
Watch live webcasts of sessions at and on demand at
Watch opinions and analysis of key sessions at
Watch the sessions on demand on YouTube at or
Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook at
Read the summaries of sessions at
Follow the Forum on Twitter at and (hashtag #WEF)
Read the Forum:Blog at
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