World leaders, executives and celebrities will finally gather again in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum this week, in the wake of Covid-19 delayed the summit in person for more than two years.

The conference normally takes place in January but was pushed back to May after the high number of coronavirus cases forced the WEF to postpone the summit in December.

The meeting will begin on Tuesday and end on Thursday.

In keeping with this year’s theme – “History at a Turning Point: Government Policy and Business Strategy” – the meeting will include sessions on economic rebalancing, governance and security, equity and global health, amid global inflation, supply chain disruptions, the pandemic, and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will give a special virtual address on the first day of the conference. Russian executives and leaders were not invited to the summit in response to the invasion.

Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, will deliver the opening remarks on Europe’s global role at dinner on Tuesday and will discuss unity within the continent during a meeting on Wednesday.

Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for Facebook’s parent company Meta, will attend the Lagarde-like dinner alongside Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg and world leaders other.

Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will discuss the digital economy at a panel on Tuesday. Alan Jope, chief executive officer of consumer goods company Unilever, will discuss global environmental, social and corporate governance issues in a panel with Bank of America chief executive Brian Moynihan on same day.


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