How important do you think it is to have a meeting like Davos?
Norbert: What makes the meeting in Davos unique is the calibre of people coming to the event. Davos brings together business leaders, heads of NGOs, political leaders, academics and artists from all parts of the world. This variety ensures a wide range of opinions that are shared at the meeting and that make Davos so special. Every year, the agenda covers lots of interesting and highly relevant topics. We fully support the Forum’s mission to improve the state of the world. That’s why PwC has been a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum for so many years.
What are you most looking forward to?
Norbert: Davos provides excellent networking opportunities – it’s a time of the year when I can renew old friendships and build new relationships. I also look forward to attending some of the more formal Annual Meeting sessions. And of course, I look forward to the three main events PwC will be hosting. Our annual cocktail and dinner event where we get to network with clients and friends of PwC. Second, the PwC CEO breakfast, where business leaders stop in for breakfast to hear the results of our latest Global CEO Survey. And our CEO survey press conference on the eve of the Annual Meeting. That’s when I get to meet up with many journalists to discuss the findings of the survey.
What advice would you give to someone who has never been to Davos?
Norbert: Be prepared for lots of security checks. They’re part of the Davos experience. Make the most of your time there by meeting up with as many people as possible. And make sure you bring a pair of good boots for walking in the snow.