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Recent Episodes of World Economic Forum


Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Tech blindspots and the key lesson that changed how he leads

Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Tech blindspots and the key lesson that changed how he leads

As Microsoft’s vice chair and president, Brad Smith leads a team of professionals across business, legal and corporate affairs, tackling issues that stand at the crossroads of technology and society. In this wide-ranging discussion recorded at the Annual Meeting in Davos, he shares how these issues have shaped his thoughts on innovation and how they have informed his book and podcast Tools & Weapons. The 30-year Microsoft veteran also shares the career lessons that have changed him, how he leverages AI in his everyday work, why he thinks leaders must learn to be better storytellers and the tech blindspots they'd do...

Episode 16 May 2024 31m and 7s


Tinder Swindler: how 'romance fraud' became a multi-billion dollar cybercrime

Tinder Swindler: how 'romance fraud' became a multi-billion dollar cybercrime

The Netflix documentary 'The Tinder Swindler' is a mind-boggling case of so-called 'romance fraud' in which a charming, handsome - and apparently very rich - man meets women on a dating app - gets them to fall in love with him - and then cons them out of lots of money. Cecilie Fjellhøy is the Norwegian woman at the centre of the documentary whose life was torn apart by the actions of a conman. A survivor of romance fraud on a grand scale, she now advocates for the rights of, and support for, others who find themselves in similar g...

Episode 16 May 2024 41m and 13s


We're living longer - how approaches to work, careers and finances will change: APG's Annette Mosman

We're living longer - how approaches to work, careers and finances will change: APG's Annette Mosman

Living longer than ever will mean we’ll need to prepare for our later years in ways we've never done before. While financial education and making savings last is always paramount, the World Economic Forum's recent Longevity Principles report drives home the need to make sure we also prepare to live those extended years with purpose, changing the way we approach everything from careers to community. Annette Mosman, the CEO of APG (one of the world’s largest pension investors) shares how she approaches the long-term as well as the trends she sees on the horizon -- and how they coul...

Episode 9 May 2024 23m and 1s


Spatial computing: why the future of the internet is 3D

Spatial computing: why the future of the internet is 3D

'Spatial computing', 'blended reality', 'the metaverse'. For those of us who still use screens and keyboards to access the digital world, those phrases might not mean very much. But many experts believe the '2D' internet will soon be a thing of the past, and we will all be, one way or another, in a 3D metaverse. With Apple's Vision Pro headset renewing interest in virtual reality, we speak to two proponents of the metaverse who see both huge opportunities and significant risks. Guests: Yonatan Raz-Fridman, CEO of Supersocial and host of the podcast Brittan Heller, lecturer on International Law...

Episode 9 May 2024 36m and 28s


Where are the innovations that can make mining more sustainable?

Where are the innovations that can make mining more sustainable?

Mining is an industry that many of us probably rarely think about, but one that provides the raw materials for so many of the things we use, not least the modern technologies such as smart phones and electric vehicles that require certain minerals that are not always in abundant supply. The International Energy Agency predicts that the demand for minerals will double by 2040. So how can we meet that demand in the most energy efficient and sustainable way? UpLink, the open innovation platform of the World Economic Forum, is inviting entrepreneurs who have answers to that question to take part...

Episode 29 April 2024 32m and 54s


Speak last, lean on your team, and one CEO's other top lessons learned: Norsk Hydro

Speak last, lean on your team, and one CEO's other top lessons learned: Norsk Hydro

Norsk Hydro was founded nearly 120 years ago to tackle global famine. Today, it has evolved to take on a bigger challenge: climate change. The company focuses on low- and no-carbon aluminium, a material that will be key in electric vehicles, construction and comprises 2% of emissions. CEO Hilde Merete Aasheim shares the unique technologies and partnerships that are helping to drive a green energy transition. She also takes us through her unique path to the top job, one that has spanned a range of roles, from plant manager to auditor to HR leader. She shares how seemingly unrelated roles can help...

Episode 26 April 2024 20m and 4s


Advanced Energy Solutions: scaling up the tech that can help us get to net zero

Advanced Energy Solutions: scaling up the tech that can help us get to net zero

What are the new technologies that can help us reach net zero? And how do we bring them to scale fast enough? World Economic Forum Managing Director Jeremy Jurgens joins us to talk about the Advanced Energy Solutions community, and we hear from three of its members, from widely different sectors and geographies, implementing the energy solutions of tomorrow. Guests: Ann Mettler, Vice President, Europe, Breakthrough Energy VK Samudrala, President, Amara Raja Energy & Mobility Maarten Michielssens, Founder and CEO, EnergyVision Special Meeting This episode is related to the Forum’s Special Meeting on Global Cooperation, Growth and Energy for Development he...

Episode 25 April 2024 45m and 47s


The founder using 'pocket forests' to transform cities and protect biodiversity

The founder using 'pocket forests' to transform cities and protect biodiversity

SUGI is a unique global organization that brings pocket forests -- ultra-dense, biodiverse forests leveraging the proven Japanese Miyawaki Method -- to cities all over the world. The group has built 200 pocket forests in 42 cities so far, with each providing a key form of "urban acupuncture" that can protect biodiversity, restore ecosystems, and even better reconnect people to nature. Founder and CEO Elise Van Middelem shares more about SUGi and how it got started - and the unique ways these projects are reviving places from England to Cameroon.  This interview was recorded at the Urban Transformation Summit in Detroit, Michigan i...

Episode 19 April 2024 21m and 49s


Why it's time for the 'middle powers' to step up on geopolitics

Why it's time for the 'middle powers' to step up on geopolitics

In a polarised world, with the most powerful nations and the UN unable to prevent or end many wars, could the so-called 'middle powers' step up? This week's two guests, both members of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Geopolitics, think so, and say those countries might even consider setting up an 'M-10' of middle powers seeking to resolve conflicts and other problems. This podcast is published ahead of the World Economic Forum's Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development. Find more information at and across social media using the hashtag #specialmeeting24. Guests: Susana...

Episode 18 April 2024 36m and 23s


Workers have changed - How leaders must adapt: Randstad's Sander Van't Noordende

Workers have changed - How leaders must adapt: Randstad's Sander Van't Noordende

What workers want - and what keeps them motivated - has changed drastically in recent years. And with big technological and demographic shifts driving labor shortages, knowing how to both retrain and retain your workforce will be more important than ever. Randstad CEO Sander Van't Noordende will share insights from the talent firm's annual Workmonitor survey, giving a one-of-a-kind snapshot on how workers are thinking about everything from ambition, to purpose, to flexibility and pay. He'll also share what new habits leaders will need to adopt (including the value of microfeedback) and how leaders should be approaching everything from how...

Episode 12 April 2024 18m and 24s

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