Open Forum

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


The Open Forum is an event format that allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum convenes in January at the local Swiss Alpine School in the heart of Davos, attracting leaders from all walks of life. This year is the first year where the Open Forum will be hosted in May, and at a new location, the Tobelmühle Sports Hall. We welcome government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational companies: All have a story or point of view to share.

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society.

Indeed, the World Economic Forum seizes the timely opportunity of its Annual Meeting in Davos to offer a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues. For those of you who cannot join the Open Forum personally in Davos, we hope you will follow the debates on the web via our livestream.


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.


Programme 2022

Register here until 18 May 2022. Simultaneous translation in English/German.

In case you need help registering, you can contact us here.

Monday 23 May @ 12:30 13:30

Nothing is Impossible for Nimsdai 'Nims' Purja

Join us for a conversation with multiple world record-breaking mountaineer Nimsdai "Nims" Purja, star of the "14 Peaks" documentary film, who climbed all 14 of the world's 'Death Zone' peaks over 8,000-meters in just six months and six days.

Monday 23 May @ 18:30 20:00

A Wake-Up Call from Nature

Many of the root causes of the environmental crisis also increase the risk of pandemics. Activities such as deforestation and livestock farming are simultaneously heating up the planet while exposing us to new pathogens.

What changes can we make in our lifestyles to mitigate the links between climate change and pandemics?

Tuesday 24 May @ 09:00 10:30

Growing Up in the Pandemic

The pandemic disrupted all our lives. Young people in particular— in the middle of their education, of building relationships and of developing their sense of self — were affected by the challenges of isolation.

How can we help this generation cope with the aftermath of the pandemic and reach their full potential?

Tuesday 24 May @ 14:30 16:00

Working Together for Peace

The war in Ukraine has shaken the geopolitical landscape in Europe and beyond and has highlighted the difficulty of achieving international unity in response to conflict.

What can leaders do to foster peace and security and to forge consensus in response to this and other wars?

Tuesday 24 May @ 18:30 — 20:00

Ethical Decision Making in Times of Crisis

Recent years have seen a trend towards greater state intervention and control over citizens’ lives on public health grounds. This reflects the exceptional pressures on healthcare systems, which forced governments and medical personnel to respond swiftly to safeguard lives and livelihoods.

How can leaders make ethical decisions in times of crisis to maintain social cohesion and the trust of citizens?

Wednesday 25 May @ 9:00 — 10:00

Special Guest

The content of this session will be announced on this page at a later date.

Wednesday 25 May @ 12:30 — 14:00

A Discussion about Equality

According to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report, it will take 135 years to close global gender gaps. To accelerate progress on gender equality we need an inclusive movement that brings together diverse voices.

How can we include everyone in the conversation for gender equality?

Wednesday 25 May @ 18:30 — 20:00

Racial Disparities in Refugee Treatment

Europe has responded to Ukrainian refugees with generosity and acceptance. While heart-warming, this has drawn comparisons with the more tepid response to previous waves of migration, notably from the Middle East and North Africa.

Does geography and regional affinity play a role in this response, and how do we ensure all people fleeing conflict are treated with dignity?

Thursday 26 May @ 09:00 — 10:30

The Possibilities of the Metaverse

As many people spend more time blending offline and online interactions, the metaverse promises to be the virtual meeting space of tomorrow where communities can work, play, relax, transact and socialize.

How will this digital space transform our lives?


Tobelmühle Sports Hall, Tobelmühlestrasse 4 e,
CH–7270 Davos Platz (GR)



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