Scandinavian leadership, energy revolution, and [Davos day two summary]

January 19, 2017 Tradeshift Editorial Team

Tradeshift Sanctuary

On the second day of Davos, Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, gave his final major public address in that role at the World Economic Forum asking leaders to “act urgently to defend the liberal international order.” Politics continued to be the talk of the small Alpine town, with Brexit, Syria, the refugee crises, and, of course, tomorrow’s transition of power in the U.S., dominating the agenda.

Meanwhile, behind the open doors at both the Tradeshift Sanctuary and Chapel, the Davos technorati converged to address these global topics through the lens of key trends, including smart supply chains, local production, the new creator economy, and digital platforms.

First, R “Ray” Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc., sat down with Tradeshift CEO and co-founder, Christian Lanng for a chat about trade and commerce:

@rwang0 and @christianlanng discussing distribution at #TradeshiftSanctuary #WEFLIVE #wef17 #davos #davos2017

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(If you enjoy Christian and Ray speaking together, check out last year’s DisrupTV interview.)

Next up, the Tradeshift team interviewed Pernille Hippe Brun, author of Strengths-Based Leadership Handbook.  Leadership is the theme of Davos this year, so a fresh Scandinavian approach to this management discipline that encourages empathy and creativity is perhaps the shot in the arm that many at the top can use.

Scandinavia Strengths-Based Leadership at #davos2017 #wef17 #WEFLIVE #TradeshiftSanctuary with @christianlanng and…

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The final morning panel at the Sanctuary covered the latest in energy technology. WEF Young Global Leaders (YGL) Christel Heydemann, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development at Schneider Electric; Dr. Valerie Feldmann, Acting President & COO at Ogin Energy; Lynn Loo, Director at Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; and, Sheri (Houston) Hickok, Executive Chief Engineer, Autonomous Partnerships & Fleets at General Motors, discussed the latest in sustainable energy trends with a portion devoted to the topic of women in tech.

The #Energy Revolution: Self-Driving Cars, Windmills & Microgrids Breakfast Influencer Panel @ #Davos #we17

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Finally, at an evening cocktail gathering at the Chapel, Tradeshift hosted, founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, to help spread their message about the global water crisis. In a speech at the event, Christian Lanng, talked about supply chains and water use.

“If we don’t know what the water usage or the water footprint is in the supply chain then we can’t change our decisions or how we spend money [to make an impact],” he said. Check out the video on the Tradeshift Facebook page.

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