World Economic Forum Debriefing

Join us for a debrief of January’s WEF in Davos: Boston-area participants will share their impressions of the principal outcomes and trends they observed.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


February 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



A Debrief of the World Economic Forum in Davos

This year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos was launched under the motto Responsive and Responsible Leadership. Global leaders from economics, government, international organizations, academia and civil society met and engaged in strategic discussions in over 400 sessions.

We are pleased to invite you to a unique event, where Boston-area participants to this year’s Forum in Davos will share their impressions of the principal outcomes and trends they observed at the meeting. From new models of innovation, to the impact of technology on society, to the latest international business and geo-political currents, this will be an opportunity access these experts‘ knowledge, and to share discourse in areas of special interest.

The panelists will give in-depth insights into the fields of life sciences, clean tech, and geopolitics. The panel will be followed by a moderated discussion with audience participation.

Event program

6.00pm Doors Open
6.30pm Welcome and Introduction followed by panel discussion
9.00pm End of the Event



Location: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Lot (entrance is on Ellery St, between Cambridge St and Broadway)
Price: Guests can park for free
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 9pm (SHARP – one minute late and you will not be able to access your car.)

Bio Moderator


Paul Smyke is the Head of North America, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum US.
He holds a bachelor degree in Speech Communication from Macalester College and a master degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Smyke has been with the World Economic Forum since 1987, holding a number of roles across the organization both in Geneva and New York. He is currently in charge of developing and implementing the Forum’s engagement strategy with North American stakeholders, with special emphasis on political entities in the United States and Canada. This involves frequent contact with all Forum constituents in the region. Smyke has served as a political analyst (often in French) for several European media networks, and is on the advisory boards of swissnex Boston and the Open Learning Exchange, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Bio Panelists


Jessika Trancik, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Energy Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She received her BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her PhD in materials science from the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Before MIT, she spent several years at the Santa Fe Institute as an Omidyar Fellow, and at Columbia University as an Earth Institute Fellow, where her research focused on energy systems modeling. Her research group studies the dynamic costs and environmental impacts of energy technologies to inform technology design and policy. Prof. Trancik’s research centers on evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of energy technologies, and setting design targets to help accelerate the development of these technologies in the laboratory. This work involves assembling and analyzing expansive datasets, and developing new quantitative models and theory. Projects focus on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and storage technologies.


Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Law School and is founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. His pioneering research focuses on how to address the emotional and identity-based dimensions of negotiation and conflict resolution. He is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable and co-author (with Roger Fisher) of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. He has published extensively in the research literature, developing innovative psychological models to conceptualize the affective and relational factors driving conflict and its resolution. Dr. Shapiro specializes in practice-based research—building theory and testing it in real-world contexts. He has launched successful conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia. For three years he chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution.


David Cox, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Computer Science at Harvard. He is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and also Computer Science. He is also a member of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT with a specialization in computational neuroscience. Prior to joining MCB/CBS, he was a Junior Fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, a multidisciplinary institute focused on high-risk, high-reward scientific research at the boundaries of traditional fields. His laboratory seeks to understand the computational underpinnings of high-level visual processing through concerted efforts in both reverse- and forward-engineering. To this end, his group employs a wide range of experimental techniques (ranging from microelectrode recordings in living brains to visual psychophysics in humans) to probe natural systems, while at the same time actively developing practical computer vision systems based on what is learned about the brain.

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