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Recognition, Discussion and Change: Open Forum 2011 Davos


  • The Open Forum, co-organized by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and the World Economic Forum, runs parallel to the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters
  • The Open Forum is open to the general public
  • Discussions between key figures from business, politics and civil society will focus on globalization and its repercussions

Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2011 – The Open Forum Davos 2011, which runs in parallel to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011, is hosting a series of high-level discussions from 27 to 29 January with leaders from politics, business and civil society. For the ninth year, the public is invited to join the discussions which will offer the possibility to debate on globalization and its consequences.

Participants include: Patrick Odier, President, Swiss Bankers Association; Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics and International Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank, Frankfurt; Fahrad Darya, Singer, Composer, Peace and Human Rights Activist, Afghanistan; Ulrich Tilgner, Correspondent, Swiss Television, Switzerland; Radoslaw Tomasz Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland; Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International; Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law, Basel University; Rolf Schieder, Professor, Department for Practical Theology and Religion Education , Humboldt University Berlin; Amr Khaled, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Right Start Foundation International; Oliver Kahn, Goalkeeper, German National Team (1994 to 2006), Germany; and Stephanie Pullings Hart, Vice-President, Supply Chain and Corporate Services, Nestle – Jenny Craig Inc.

The following topics will be discussed in the Open Forum Davos 2011:
Thursday 27 January
1. 12.30 - 14.00 Euro Grounding?
2. 19.00 - 20.30 Has the West Failed in Afghanistan?
Friday 28 January
3. 12.30 - 14.00 Can We Fight Corruption?
4. 19.00 - 20.30 Does Faith Need Religious Institution?
Saturday 29 January
5. 12.30 - 14.00 Sport : Bread and Games, Power and Money?
6. 15.30 - 17.00 Burnout – The Latest Fashion?

The Open Forum Davos 2011 sessions are open to the public. No registration is required. Since there is a limited number of seats, people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions will be divided between a panel discussion and an open discussion with the audience. The Open Forum is held at the Swiss Alpine Mittelschule, Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz.

You can also follow the debates at the Open Forum Twitter account: @OpenForumDavos #WEF #OFD. Some of the sessions will be broadcast live by Swiss television channel SF-info. You can watch all the session on YouTube after the event.

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