About the Open 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. 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.
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 twitter or on youtube.
The Open Forum Advisory Council
The Open Forum Advisory Council is delighted to present the Open Forum 2013 Programme which was jointly developed with the World Economic Forum. The programme has been tailored to interests of both the Swiss and international public.
Christine Beerli, Vice-President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
Gottfried Locher, President, Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Switzerland
Christa Markwalder, Member of Parliament, National Council of Switzerland
Patrick Odier,Chairman, Swiss Bankers Association, Switzerland
Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Basel, Switzerland