Oliver Wyman at the 2019 World Economic Forum

Location: Davos, Switzerland Date: January 22-25, 2019

Davos 2019

Globalization 4.0: Shaping A Global Architecture In The Age Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The technological, political, economic, and societal changes that are underway are not limited to a particular country, industry, or issue. They are universal, and thus require a global response. Failing to adopt a new cooperative approach would be a tragedy for humankind. To draft a blueprint for a shared global-governance architecture, we must avoid becoming mired in the current moment of crisis management.

This task will require two things of the international community: wider engagement and heightened imagination. The engagement of all stakeholders in sustained dialogue will be crucial, as will the imagination to think systemically and beyond short-term institutional and national considerations. These will be the two organizing principles of the World Economic Forum’s upcoming Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, which will convene under the theme, Globalization 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Ready or not, a new world is upon us.

Oliver Wyman at Davos

Oliver Wyman will be leading discussions during the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on city readiness, the future of crypto assets, greenfield platforms for financial services firms, mobility, and other strategic issues facing global business and social enterprise leaders.

Wednesday, January 16

11:00 am CET

Global Risks Report 2019 Launch

Hosted by: Marsh & McLennan Companies and World Economic Forum

Tuesday, January 22

7:00 – 8:30 am CET

Will AI Make Our Cities Better?

Hosted by: Oliver Wyman Forum

Artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt the ways we work, communicate, and live. It can bring greater efficiencies, and at the same time it threatens to increase social, economic, and technological inequalities. Such ambiguity is nowhere more evident than in our cities. How can the cities we live and work in best prepare for, and best succeed in, the age of AI? How can they address the risks of increasing inequality – both within and among cities? How can they not only preserve but enhance the human aspects of life in an increasingly machine and data-driven age?

Crypto Assets: On the Brink of Legitimacy or the Edge of Failure?

Hosted by: Oliver Wyman and Marsh

Cybersecurity experts will evaluate the future of crypto assets through the lens of blockchain technology.

Celebrating Five Years of When Women Thrive: Empowering People, Companies and Governments to Thrive

Hosted by: Mercer

In this session, leaders from the public and private sector will demonstrate the power of accelerating progress and empowering people to survive and thrive in the new economy. We will explore how new technologies can neutralize bias, and how the voice of the customer continues to inform inclusion strategies and drive real change.

12:00 – 1:30 pm CET

State of the Financial Services Industry 2019: Time to Start Again

Hosted by: Oliver Wyman

Existing efforts to digitize financial services firms might not prove to be sufficient or fast enough. Instead, imagine being able to take data assets, customer relationships, knowledge, and brands, and start again. The industry is on the cusp of a new phase in its re-generation. Firms of all sizes have started to build greenfield platforms on a new technology stack, delivering low-cost, customer-centric offerings, and tackling challengers head-on. Is this finally the catalyst to transform the industry?

12:30 – 2:00 pm CET

Living, Learning, and Earning Longer

Hosted by: World Economic Forum

At least 20% of the world's population will be aged 60 years or older in 2050. As people live and work for longer, how can government, business, and civil society build an effective ecosystem to support an ageing population? Mercer President & CEO Julio Portalatin will join a panel discussion to address transforming social welfare programs, investing in reskilling and upskilling, building age-friendly infrastructure and workplaces, and other related issues.

2:30 – 4:00 pm CET

Project Presentations

Hosted by: Oliver Wyman and the World Economic Forum

Research projects on the price of protection and active investor stewardship will be presented.

8:00 pm CET

Client Dinner

Hosted by: Marsh & McLennan Companies

Remarks by Oliver Wyman Managing Partner John Romeo.

Wednesday, January 23

7:00 – 8:30 am CET

Meeting the Challenges of the New Mobility

Hosted by: Oliver Wyman Forum

The world is on the brink of a Fourth Industrial Revolution and the movement of people and things stands on the cusp of a complete transformation. Technological innovations, relying on enhanced connectivity and advanced artificial intelligence, are tearing down barriers between modes of transportation and creating new ones — both physical and virtual. New mobility ecosystems must be built that holistically address the challenge.

The Change Challenge: Fast 4.0-Ward to a Secure Future

Hosted by: Mercer and Salary Finance

Economists call it a mystery — a puzzle for our time. Why do wages in most developed countries remain stagnant while companies report record profits, unemployment levels drop and global growth continues? Does it contradict the expectation that by 2030, middle-class spending will increase by ~US$29 trillion to ~US$65 trillion annually? Can today’s workforce count on financial security for tomorrow? For answers, let’s assess the changes in how we live and work.

Thursday, January 24

4:00 – 5:30 pm CET

Project Presentations

Hosted by: Mercer and World Economic Forum

Research projects on investing in (and for) our future will be presented.

Friday, January 25

MMC Delegation departs Davos.


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