The Swiss Economic Forum from a Bird’s Eye View

Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) is the leading economic conference of Switzerland taking place every year. This week, on 1st and 2nd September, including the Co-Founders of SwissCognitive – the Global Hub, Dalith Steiger and Andy Fitze, over 1’000 leading personalities gathered from business, academia, politics, and the media in Interlaken for an active exchange of ideas and cross-industry networking. The focus fell on “New Horizons” – shifting above the challenges arising from the pandemic, and with the collective knowledge of leaders, finding new ways to head into the future.

Topics Impacting Billions of People Globally

Amongst the around sixty most influential leaders from across industries, we saw on stage Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Ralph Hamers, Economic Historian Niall Ferguson, CNN News Anchor Richard Quest, and deputy chairman of the Barilla group Paolo Barilla, NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu President of Kosovo, Swiss Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, and Formal Vice President United States Mike Pence.

These leaders are representatives of organizations stemming from industries that are dominating both the Swiss as well as the global economy. This means, the topics spotlighted during SEF’s intensive two-day-long agenda, tapped into challenging questions that not only impact 8.7 million lives in Switzerland but also billions of others globally.

Common Global Grounds: Digital Transformation and Technologies

Dozens of questions challenge leaders and experts globally. Nevertheless, intentionally or not, leaders at the SEF’s two-day conference have found commons ground when it came to the questions of “what, how, and whom” related to our New Horizons.   

Zooming in on the question of “what”, we all aim for our organizations to be stable and enduring of unforeseen challenges, with results reflecting on flourishing business performance, satisfied and empowered workforce, and a healthy Swiss and global economy. Focusing on the question of “how”, almost all topics on SEF’s main stage, and most certainly all conversations that we got involved in spotlighted the importance of digital transformation with important aspects of it being propelled by Artificial Intelligence () and other emerging technologies. Last, but certainly not least, it all came down to the question of “whom”. Whom do we…

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