The impending global energy transition is exciting – and it will have wide-ranging implications for the global climate, for business and for consumers. But at what speed is the transition moving – and more importantly, how fast will it go? Will our energy future be fundamentally different from the one we know today?
Emma Skov Christiansen – Community Specialist, Electricity Industries, World Economic Forum
Espen Mehlum – Head of Knowledge Management and Integration, Future of Energy System Initiative, World Economic Forum
The advent of 5G networks brings a wealth of new opportunities. Individuals will be able to access a whole range of services more easily, while businesses and governments will be able to use faster download speeds to deliver an entirely new level of service, using a multitude of increasingly interconnected platforms. But why is 5G so different from what has come before, and what new security threats does it pose?
Amy Jordan – Lead, Cybersecurity Delivery, World Economic Forum
David Rogers – Lecturer on Mobile Systems Security, Oxford University
With the advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs) almost a decade ago, learning entered its own period of digital disruption. Digital Learning 1.0 (the age of the MOOCs) catalyzed the democratization of learning by providing digital access to content that had previously been limited to face-to-face. Coursera, Udemy and Udacity were the early pioneers in digitalizing content and making it accessible to millions around the world.
So-Young Kang – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gnowbe
Escalating trade tensions are taking a toll on the global economy and are partly responsible for the recent downward revisions to our growth forecasts for 2019-20.
The promise of being the base for Amazon’s second headquarters was great — so great, in fact, 238 cities jumped into the intense, year-long competition. Contenders had so much faith in the impact they promised robust urban transit systems, tax breaks, talent pipelines and infrastructure support.
Natalia Martinez-Kalinina – Organizational psychologist and strategist, Cambridge Innovation Center
IBM has just launched its Quantum computer program in Africa, announcing a partnership with South Africa’s Wits University that will extend to 15 universities across nine countries.
For decades, the stereotypical image philanthropy in Africa has been of places like the Kibera slum in Nairobi, a remote village in Uganda, or the streets of Addis Ababa. A legacy of uneven economic development, colonialism and political instability has turned the continent into a favoured destination for charitable investments from philanthropists around the world. However, the majority of such investment to date has been driven by the voices and actions of people from outside of the communities it is intended for. Its value or impact, therefore, is inherently limited.
Ellen Agler, CEO , The END Fund
Despite positive advances in financial inclusion on the continent, 95% of all consumer payments in Africa are still made in cash. Why is this bad? For the people and micro-entrepreneurs who are trapped in cash-only systems, it’s much harder to grow a business, much less safe to save and much more difficult to forge a path into the middle class.
Mark Elliott, Division president, Mastercard Southern Africa
The urgency to mitigate climate change around the world is growing, with an increasing focus on lowering CO2 emissions. Nowhere is this more critical than in Africa, which has one of the world’s fastest growing populations, high levels of poverty, inequality and is disproportionately impacted by climate events including cyclones and drought. The continent is home to 86 of the world’s 100 fastest growing cities, 79 (representing 48% of Africa’s GDP) of which are classified as being at “extreme risk” of climate change.
Laura Menzies – Senior consultant, FTI Consulting
Air transport is a vital industry that contributes substantially to economic development and improved living standards. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the 4.1 billion passengers transported in 2017 are expected to grow to around 10 billion by 2040. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 35% of world trade by value is transported by air cargo, equivalent to $6.4 trillion of goods. The role of the aviation industry in commerce, trade and transport infrastructure makes it indispensable to the global economy. The consequences of any major failure would carry direct public safety and national security implications and costs.
Karime Kuri Tiscareno – Project Lead, IoT, Robotics and Smart Cities, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum
Georges de Moura – Head of Industry Solutions, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum
Andrew Hall – Client Relationship Director, Willis Towers Watson