Open Forum

An accessible event for participants to share thoughts, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues


The Open Forum allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of the World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum has been convening in January in the heart of Davos at the local Swiss Alpine School, attracting leaders from all walks of life. Government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs, and CEOs of multinational companies all have a story or point of view to share.

Over the years, the programme has also been hosted in other parts of the world, such as Cambodia, India, Jordan, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. The Open Forum, wherever it takes place, embodies the spirit of Davos. It stimulates dialogue among thought leaders across topics such as geopolitics, economics, environment, leadership and the role of the arts in society, offering a platform for dialogue between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers focused on improving the state of the world.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing issues.

You can find the latest sessions on our page under talks.


The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.

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