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BOLD FACED Names at WEF2010 in Davos

February 5, 2010 - 4 Comments

Brad Pitt.  Lady GaGa.  Madonna.  Britney Spears.  Justin Timberlake.  Bono.  Montgomery Burns.

These luminaries of entertainment were not at the World Economic Forum last week in Davos, Switzerland.  Or, if they were, I certainly didn’t see them.  Although, Monty Burns would have been a welcome addition.

I thought I would post a list of names of people that I did see or run into at WEF.  Not to (only) namedrop, but just to demonstrate who the attendees of the conference actually are…to give you a sense of who attends…and that, really, it’s just a conference…with a lot of important government, media, business and academic people attending.

From Cisco: our Chairman and CEO John Chambers attended, along with EVP and Chief Globalization Officer Wim Elfrink…as well as our President of Europe, Chris Dedicoat; and President of Emerging Markets, Paul MountfordTae Yoo, our SVP of Corporate Affairs also attended.  (Their names link to videos that they did while at WEF).

John Chambers participated on a plenary panel on “Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century,” which you can view here.  Fellow panelists were H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan, Irina Bokova, Trevor Manuel, Harold McGraw III and Riz Khan.

John Chambers at WEF2010 Education Panel - Photo by Michael Wuertenberg

Who were some of the people that I saw there?

(I want to point out that all listed sightings were random)

Former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton (see his efforts with Haiti here) (literally ran into him in the hall)

New York Times Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger (shared a Davos courtesy van with him)

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (on same flight to Zurich from IAD)

Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan (ran into him while going through security)

CNBC “Closing Bell” Host Maria Bartiromo (she was hanging out with her producer when I was doing some advance)

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz (my former landlord in D.C.)

Linked-in co-Founder Reid Hoffman (stranded with him at Munich airport)

TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington (stranded with him at Munich airport)

And, of course, there was President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea, and South African President Jacob Zuma…and a few others…

Sorry you missed the conference?  Access it here.




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  1. Quite a list of Names to drop! woud you say the conf was worthwhile ?Simon

  2. I looked up meeting Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century”” and realized that Cisco is very strong position in the financial market. I always watch the news Cisco has invested in this company a lot of money.”

  3. Davos is always a good barometer of what’s happening in the world. Two years ago Davos gave us a good indicator that the financial crisis could get much worse than many anticipated.Over the years the event widened its agenda and attracted ever more prominent guests, which in turn made it interesting for yet more big names to come.

  4. Thanks for the update on who was there. It would have been really interesting to be there.