10 must-see speakers in the Tradeshift CNBC Sanctuary at Davos

January 20, 2020 James Hayward

This year marks our fifth year attending Davos. We’re delighted to be back and excited with what we have planned. 

If you’ve followed us at Davos in recent years, you’ll know we like to do things a little differently: The Tradeshift CNBC Sanctuary always plays host to some unexpected conversations and this year is no different. We’re inviting academics, politicians, scientists, business leaders, and celebrities to explore the edges of trade, technology, and culture through the lens of the ones and zeros. 

What do we mean by that? Well, ones and zeroes are everywhere. They are literally the building blocks of our modern civilisation: from the haves and have-nots, to rapid technological progress and rapid ecological decline, to advanced trade and endangered resources. These contrasting realities can be a source of mystery, art, disaster, but in technology, they’re simply a means of achieving a desired outcome—for better or for worse.  

We’ve pulled together discussion panels full of experts on the topics most relevant to us today to explore what they’re promising, what they’re doing programmatically about the problems facing us.

Let’s take a look at ten speakers you won’t want to miss:

Few know more about the past, present and future of money than Niall Ferguson, the best selling author, historian, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. And Niall will share his knowledge on our panel exploring the meaning of money today. 

Joining Niall on the panel is Marisa Drew. Marisa is the CEO, Impact Advisory and Finance at Credit Suisse and has been recognized by the BBC as one of the Most Powerful Women in Britain and by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business.

Dominic McVey is an award-winning business leader and entrepreneur, first making his name at the age of 18 for his role in the initial boom of micro scooters in the late 90s. In more recent years, he served as the Chairman of Hela Clothing, which is recognized for its sustainable and ethical practices. And he will share his views on the clothing industry on the panel exploring the hidden costs of affordable fashion. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist at the New York Times, Thomas Friedman, will lead a topical discussion on the overconsumption of technology. They’ll explore whether tech can help us consume less or if we’re at a point of no return.  

Nando Cesarone is President at UPS, responsible for the company’s business operations in over 220 countries and territories outside of the United States. He’ll join our Co-founder and CEO, Christian Lanng, and Glen Weyl, Founder and Chair at the RadicalxChange Foundation, to debate whether we can create a global trade ecosystem that is truly free and fair.  

You might have seen Alexis Glick anchoring ‘The Opening Bell’ on Fox Business News or guesting on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’. And, this week, the veteran media personality, Wall Street executive, and current CEO at GENYOUth, is joining us at Davos to lead a panel exploring how we can apply technology to transform farming and the way we feed the world. 

Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever, will join Alexis on the panel to provide his unique viewpoint running the supply chain of one of the world’s largest consumer goods brands. 

Onyeche Tifase is CEO at Siemens Nigeria. She’ll be sitting on a panel with industry leaders from two continents to compare and contrast the technological innovation happening across African and the United States. 

Want to know more? Check out our Davos microsite for more information about all of Tradeshift’s activities across Davos and how you can join us? 

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About the Author

James Hayward

James is a Senior Content Marketing Manager at Tradeshift, focused on crafting compelling stories that provide supply chain professionals with unique insights and actionable advice on how to take their organization to the next level. A journalist by trade, James was previously the Global Editor at Treasury Today magazine.

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