MISK GLOBAL FORUM BRINGS VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2020

The Misk Global Forum concluded its week of activations at Davos bringing the voices of young people to the World Economic Forum, with an inspirational discussion of new youth- led technologies transforming the world. 

In a conversation with Henri Arslanian, Global Crypto Leader at PWC, Juan Jose Pocaterra of Vikua highlighted the ways his company was using digitisation to provide public services to smaller, less-developed cities around the world, emphasising that, “technology in the places it’s most needed becomes an enabler for improving quality of life.” On the same panel, Chris Sheldrick CEO of what3words highlighted the ways his ground-breaking global mapping company is also improving lives by improving access to accurate transport, logistics and healthcare. “Let’s start where the need is greatest, then people will jump on,” Sheldrick said, adding, “let’s not get it hyped, let’s get it used.” 

That philosophy, getting things used and achieving real impact, united Misk’s various activations at Davos. Every morning a panel discussion featuring emerging and established entrepreneurs and thought-leaders highlighted the ways they are transforming their sectors before a diverse audience of drop-in guests – from WEF delegates to students of Davos’ schools. These sessions covered the skills young people need to lead, the ways business can balance profit with positive impact, and how people can care beyond borders in our shared world. The Pavilion also gave visitors insights into Misk’s various initiatives – from the 100,000 startups from over 180 countries brought together and accelerated through the Entrepreneurship World Cup, to the #ItStartsWithUs campaign’s online drive to engage and activate young people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager at the Misk Global Forum, said: “Our mission was to bring the voice of young people to Davos and I’m proud to say I think we achieved that. Across our panels and activations, we’ve seen young leaders and entrepreneurs show how they’re driving change and in doing so changed some minds. But as well as the voices we brought to Davos, we’ve also been inspired by the new voices that came to us through the Misk pavilion, young people eager to find a home for their ideas or established leaders eager for some insight into where the future might go.” 

Misk also hosted a dinner at the intercontinental, which once again brought the voices of young leaders from the Misk community, the WEF’s global shapers, and Entrepreneurship World Cup finalists, together with political, business, and cultural leaders. Youth-led discussions at every table, over food prepared by Saudi chef Najla Al Otaibi, saw guests discuss ways to up-skill young people, encourage global citizenship, and facilitate entrepreneurship. Across these discussions, emphasis returned repeatedly to the importance of education, of listening to young people, and value-driven approaches in business, insights that will be incorporated into Misk’s initiatives-planning for 2020 and beyond. 

Misk also supported the Saudi Café at Davos alongside Visit Saudi, bringing the flavours of the Arabian peninsula to the Swiss alps. Over the course of the week, over 2,000 visitors sampled Saudi delicacies like Shaatha Cake and Karak tea, again prepared by Najla Al Otaibi, while viewing images of the cultural and historic highlights of the Kingdom. The Misk Global Forum will continue its mission to empower young people throughout 2020 with a number of exciting and impactful initiatives, including the 2 nd phase of the Entrepreneurship World Cup, its hosting of the Y20 within Saudi Arabia’s broader G20 role, and the expansion of the #ItStartsWithUs campaign to empower young people to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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Youth lighting the future at Davos

Misk Global Forum at the World Economic Forum 2020

The World Economic Forum in Davos is the single most influential gathering of world leaders and business innovators on the planet – and we’ll be there to make sure the voice of young people is heard loud and clear.

There are 3.6 billion people under the age of 35, and for this new generation the world is changing faster than ever before. A brighter future is possible, but only if young people are able to lead the way.

That’s why we’re bringing together business leaders and young people throughout the World Economic Forum, with a series of high-level panel discussions around the theme “You Need Youth: Beacons to a Brighter Future”.

The sessions will be taking place in our special Misk Lighthouse space at the heart of Davos, which will also be hosting a series of projects and activations by young artists and business leaders.

Tuesday 21 January

07:40 am CET:
Misk Lighthouse project
, presented by a young entrepreneur

07:50 am-08:30 am CET:
Panel discussion:

Skills to lead: time for global action

Wednesday 22 January

07:40 am CET:
Misk Lighthouse project
, presented by a young entrepreneur

07:50 am-08:30 am CET:
Panel discussion:

Leave your mark: business to take a stance.

Thursday 23 January

07:40 am CET:
Misk Lighthouse project
, presented by a young entrepreneur

07:50 am-08:30 am CET:
Panel discussion:

Our shared world: caring beyond borders

Friday 24 January

07:40 am CET:
Misk Lighthouse project
, presented by a young entrepreneur

07:50 am-08:30 am CET:
Panel discussion:

Onwards: more than just a tale of life

Follow the action

If you can’t make it, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Follow our social media accounts for all the action from Davos throughout the week:

Traditional Saudi delicacies in the heart of the Swiss Alps? That’s what you’ll find at the Saudi Café by Misk all week at Davos – a space to work, connect, relax and recharge, while enjoying the best of Saudi cuisine and exploring interactive activations focused on youth empowerment.

 

If you’re at the World Economic Forum, you can find the Saudi Café all week at Promenade 80 in Davos.

Misk evening at the Intercontinental Davos

Our programme at the World Economic Forum will be capped by an evening of debate, discussion and fine food at the Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday 23 January.

The evening, which begins at 7:00 pm CET, will feature high-level conversations and networking, as well as an exclusive exhibition by outstanding Saudi artist and cultural researcher Moath Alofi.

If you’ll be in Davos, you can register to attend the dinner before 20 January by emailing davos@misk.org.sa.