With 17 high-caliber guests, the Global Markets Forum on Eikon Messenger showcased the best of Davos 2019 with interviews on topics including Brexit, trade wars, and the U.S. government shutdown. Read the 'LiveChat' transcripts and join the conversation.
- The Global Markets Forum (GMF) on Eikon Messenger hosted 17 high profile guests at Davos 2019, including two G7 finance ministers and a former Brexit minister.
- Former White House aide Anthony Scaramucci discussed the U.S. government shutdown, while the Johnson Controls CEO reported on the state of automotive production in China.
- To look back at the best of Davos 2019 on the Global Markets Forum, download the transcripts of the ‘LiveChat’ interviews.
The Swiss ski resort of Davos — though covered in a thick blanket of snow — was blessed with sunny weather throughout the fourth week of January. This was mirrored by the upbeat discussions held during the 2019 World Economic Forum annual meeting.
Trade wars were a major talking point, with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping conspicuous by their absence. The gathering of dignitaries also deliberated on initiatives to address the challenges brought about by Globalization 4.0 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
For our seventh consecutive edition from Davos, the Global Markets Forum (GMF) welcomed guests at the town’s library, which had once again been converted into a bustling news operation and television studio for the week.
The best of Davos 2019
Amid the cold but beautiful weather, the GMF hosted a record 17 high-caliber guests in an action-packed week. Among them were two G7 finance ministers, the IEA executive director, seven company officials, a former Brexit minister, and the President of Serbia.
The full list of participants and links to transcripts of their ‘LiveChat’ interviews are below:
- Anthony Scaramucci, Former White House aide and Founder at SkyBridge Capital
- Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Australia
- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, Canada
- Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA
- George Bridges, Lord Bridges of Headley, Former Brexit Minister, UK Government
- Yichen Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CITIC Capital
- Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft
- Gilberto Caldart, President, International, Mastercard
- Lena Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Amata Corporation
- George Oliver, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls
- David Craig, CEO, Refinitiv
- Madhur Deora, Chief Financial Officer & SVP, Paytm
- Leon Kalvaria, Chairman — Institutional Clients Group, Citigroup
- Tawfik Hammoud, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Global Leader, Principal Investors & Private Equity Practice, Boston Consulting Group
- Dr Kenneth Rogoff, American economist; Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Harvard University
- Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia
GMF members ‘heard it first’
Conversation in the GMF flowed around Brexit, trade wars and emerging risks to the global economy, as well as the shale revolution in the United States and its impact on energy markets, the ethical deployment of artificial intelligence, and the future of digital and contactless payments.
These discussions gave guests and members alike the unique opportunity to ‘greet and meet’ as well as exchange ideas and ask pertinent questions emanating from the #WEF19 agenda.
Some of the notable comments made on the forum included one by Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House aide, who told GMF members that the U.S. government’s partial shutdown might be enough to tip America’s economy into recession if it runs for longer than a month.
George Oliver, chief executive at Johnson Controls International, said that he was seeing a slowdown in automotive production in China, while Yichen Zhang, who is the chairman and CEO at CITIC Capital, said the investment company is raising a new US$2 billion-plus fund to bolster its ability to do more deals.
And Madhur Deora, CFO of Indian digital payments company Paytm, told the GMF that it is considering foraying into one or two developed markets in 2019, and that the company is working on building a scalable business.
The GMF’s ‘unique format’
It was also interesting to hear what some of our guests, including Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann, former Brexit minister George Bridges, Jean-Philippe Courtois of Microsoft and Gilberto Caldart of Mastercard, said about their GMF experience.
They called our format unique and said they would be happy to join us again.
Interesting discussion with @divyachowdhury from @Reuters last week @wef to discuss the impact of blockchain and how companies like @Maersk are using it to ensure full authenticity across the complexity of the network https://t.co/m3Om4pBR0w
— JP Courtois (@JP_Courtois) January 31, 2019
Return guests included Scaramucci, Serbian President Aleksander Vučić and EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti, who knew our format well and were pleased to field questions on the forum again.
The Future is Now Series: The Global Markets Forum at Davos 2019 — ESG
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