The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is attended by thousands of high-powered delegates from the worlds of politics, business and even entertainment. Here are 10 of the most high-profile figures appearing at the Swiss resort next month.
Davos encapsulates nearly everything that the US president loves to hate, and the feeling is mutual. So, the first visit by a US president in 18 years could be an uncomfortable experience for all concerned. Trump may use his speech on Friday to push his “America First” agenda, and savage core WEF beliefs such as free trade and globalisation.
Narendra Modi, prime minister of India
The first Indian prime minister to address Davos in two decades, Modi will urge international businesses to invest in his country. Modi will deliver the opening speech on Tuesday morning, after hosting a group of CEOs at a dinner on Monday night. His message: India is an open economy, looking for global investments.
The British prime minister will deliver a special address on Thursday afternoon, a chance to bang the drum for Britain after Brexit. She will also meet other world leaders behind the scenes, but this may not include Donald Trump, who has reportedly snubbed British attempts to schedule a meeting.
Cate Blanchett, actor
No stranger to prizes, Cate Blanchett will soon have a WEF Crystal Award to display alongside her two Oscars. The Australian actor is beingrecognised for raising awareness of the global refugee crisis. She will tell delegates that the world must stand in solidarity with the 65 million people forcibly displaced across the globe.
France’s new president will be a big draw at Davos this year. He is a WEF favourite, having beaten populist Marine Le Pen to the Élysée Palace last spring. Macron gives a special address on Wednesday evening, a chance to push his vision of a successful European Union based on closer integration, economic reforms and free trade.
Zimbabwe’s new leader is making ay trip to Davos just two months after succeeding Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa hopes to mend Zimbabwe’s difficult relations with the west, and show it is open for business.
The executive director of Oxfam has a well-earned reputation for harrying the rich and famous at Davos to mend their ways. This year she will be speaking on income inequality, and the battle against sexual harassment and abuse. She will also push for a renewed fight against tax avoidance, in the light of the Paradise Papers revelations.
The last three years have been the hottest on record, Swiss glaciers are melting, and the world is on track to miss its Paris Agreement targets. So the former USA vice-president will be racing around Davos warning world leaders to step up the fight against climate change. He will also screen his new documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
For the first time in its 48-year history, Davos will be chaired by an all-female team – including Burrow, the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). She will use the platform to challenge “Davos Man” on gender equality. As she told CNBC: “If you ask me whether this rise of the alpha leader has created a wave of misogyny, you know my answer is yes.”
Five years after being shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai is taking her campaign for educational equality to Davos. The Oxford politics student, and youngest Nobel Prize laureate, will tell world leaders to ensure equal access to education for both girls and boys. She is appearing on a panel alongside Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
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