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Published January 20, 2020 Last updated February 3, 2020
From Goldman Sachs bankers to United Nations bureaucrats, delegates have descended on Davos, Switzerland, for the 2020 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The conference, now in its 50th year, is a perennial draw for the world’s most powerful people to discuss
the most pressing issues facing the global economy— or at least make them feel like that’s what they’re doing.
The WEF has publicized the attendees to varying degrees in recent years. At times it has kept the list private, released it in full, or released it while excluding certain groups of people.
This year, the WEF publicly released its list without names of participants and cited the European data-privacy law known as GDPR as the reason for doing so. That list included person-by-person demographic information, not linked to any identifiable information. A separate list with names is provided to press in attendance; it includes instructions not to release the names of attendees.
The information about this year’s attendees was submitted to us anonymously through
our Secure Drop portal. By name, it matched the 2,784-person list made available to journalists. However, the information we received contains more detail on attendees than Quartz has ever seen and reveals, in ways never before disclosed, how the WEF catalogs and categorizes the world’s powerful people.
We’ve included two parts of that rubric here, the 1-to-7 categorization of each delegate based on title and affiliation, and a short description of what type of position they currently hold. The World Economic Forum declined to comment on the list or the purpose of the categorization.
https://things.qz.com/2020/davos-list/index.html?c=001 Cees ‘t Hart Chief Executive Officer, Carlsberg Group, Denmark Khalid Abdulla-Janahi Chairman, Vision 3, United Arab Emirates Rovnag Abdullayev President, SOCAR (State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic), Azerbaijan Basima Abdulrahman Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KESK Green Building Consulting, Iraq David Abney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS, USA Darius Adamczyk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell, USA Gregory Adams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Permanente, USA Timothy Adams President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of International Finance (IIF), USA Gautam Adani Chairman, Adani Group, India Jill Ader Chairwoman, Egon Zehnder, United Kingdom Daniel S. Aegerter Chairman, Armada Investment Group, Switzerland Adeeb Ahamed Managing Director, Lulu Financial Group, United Arab Emirates Sanjiv Ahuja Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tillman Global Holdings, USA Khadim Al Darei Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder, Al Dahra Holding, United Arab Emirates Omar A. Al Futtaim Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al Futtaim Trading Group, United Arab Emirates Abdulla Al Khalifa Chief Executive Officer, Qatar National Bank, Qatar H.H. Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa Honorary Chairman, Bahrain Petroleum, Bahrain Amr Al Madani Chief Executive Officer, Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia Mansoor Bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Talal Al Maiman Chief Executive Officer, Kingdom Holding, Saudi Arabia Khaldoon Al Mubarak Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mubadala, United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al Naki Chairman, Kuwait Industries Co. Holding, Kuwait Nasser Al Nasser Group Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Telecom Company Group, Saudi Arabia Hussain J. Al Nowais Chairman, Al Nowais Investments, United Arab Emirates Ibrahim Al Omar Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Saudi Arabia Khaled A. Al Qahtani Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al Qahtani Group, Saudi Arabia Hesham Al Qassim Vice-Chairman, Emirates NBD, United Arab Emirates Yasir Al Rumayyan Chairman Of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia Tareq Al Sadhan Chief Executive Officer, Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia Marwan J. Al Sarkal Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority – Shurooq, United Arab Emirates Yousef Al-Benyan Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC), Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Al-Helaissi Group Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (GIB), Bahrain Saeed Al-Tayer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, United Arab Emirates Ibrahim AlMojel Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Saudi Arabia Khalid M. AlZubair Chairman, OMINVEST, Oman Sami Alangari Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AlGihaz, Saudi Arabia Laura Alber Chief Executive Officer, Williams-Sonoma, USA Vagit Y. Alekperov President and Chief Executive Officer, LUKOIL, Russian Federation Nerio Alessandri Founder and Chairman, Technogym, Italy Omar K. Alghanim Group Chief Executive Officer, Alghanim Industries, Kuwait Mohammed F. Alghanim Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fouad Alghanim & Sons Group of Companies, Kuwait Yusuff Ali Chairman and Managing Director, Lulu Group International, United Arab Emirates Aamer A. Alireza Managing Director, Services Group; Director, Xenel Group, Saudi Arabia Hamza B. Alkholi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hamza Alkholi Group, Saudi Arabia Jeremy Allaire Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Circle, USA Patrick Allman-Ward Chief Executive Officer, Dana Gas, United Arab Emirates Meshal Alothman Director-General, Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), Kuwait Cenk Alper Chief Executive Officer, Sabanci Holding, Turkey Mohammed Alshaya Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group, Kuwait Marco Alverà Chief Executive Officer, Snam, Italy Philippe Amon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SICPA Holding, Switzerland Cristiano Amon President, Qualcomm, USA Henrik Andersen Chief Executive Officer, Vestas, Denmark Eric Anderson Chairman, Planetary Holdings, USA Johan H. Andresen Chairman, Ferd, Norway John Angelicoussis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Angelicoussis Group, Greece Husodo Angkosubroto Chairman, Gunung Sewu Kencana, Indonesia Frank Appel Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post DHL, Germany Kezevino Aram Director, Shanti Ashram, India Jean-Stéphane Arcis Chief Executive Officer, TalentSoft, France Carlos Julio Ardila Chief Executive Officer, Ardila Lulle, Colombia Nikesh Arora Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Palo Alto Networks, USA Tewodros Ashenafi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Holdings, Ethiopia Isabelle Axelsson Climate and Environmental Activist, FridaysForFuture, Sweden Claudia Azevedo Chief Executive Officer, Sonae, Portugal Aly Aziz Chairman, Dashwood Group, United Kingdom Fatoumata Ba Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo, France Joseph Bae Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., USA Sebastián Bagó Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Bagó, Argentina Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India Douglas M. Baker Jr Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ecolab, USA Peter Bakker President and Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Switzerland Anindya Novyan Bakrie CEO, President Director, Bakrie & Brothers, Indonesia Krishan N. Balendra Chairman, John Keells Holdings, Sri Lanka Stéphane Bancel Chief Executive Officer, Moderna Therapeutics, USA Ajay S. Banga President and Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard, USA Lord Barker of Battle Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, En+ Group, Russian Federation Matt Barnard Chief Executive Officer, Plenty, USA Roger Barnett Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shaklee, USA His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Farouk A A Bastaki Managing Director; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Kuwait Werner Baumann Chairman of the Board of Management; Chief Executive Officer, Bayer, Germany Felipe Bayón Chief Executive Officer, Ecopetrol, Colombia Ross Beaty Chairman, Pan American Silver, Canada John M. Beck Executive Chairman, Aecon Group, Canada Beh Swan Gin Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Alain Bejjani Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim, United Arab Emirates Daniel Belfer Chief Executive Officer, Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Switzerland Alan Belfield Chairman, Arup Group, United Kingdom Hazem Ben-Gacem Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp, Bahrain Gary Bencheghib Founder, Make A Change World, Indonesia Marc Benioff Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA Amanda Bennett Director, Voice of America, USA Dick Benschop President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Schiphol Group, Netherlands Stanley M. Bergman Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, USA Seth F. Berkley Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Geneva Lysa John Berna Secretary-General, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, South Africa Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RockCreek, USA Ulrich L. Bettermann President and Chairman of the Board, OBO Bettermann, Germany Aneel Bhusri Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Workday, USA Jeroo Billimoria Founder, One Family Foundation, Netherlands Mohammed Bin Mahfoodh Bin Saad Al Ardhi Executive Chairman, Investcorp, Bahrain Hakan Binbasgil Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Akbank, Turkey Kumar M. Birla Group Chairman, Aditya Birla Group, India Marco Bizzarri Chief Executive Officer, Guccio Gucci, Italy Kurt Bjorklund Co-Managing Partner, Permira Advisers, United Kingdom Dominic Blakemore Chief Executive Officer, Compass Group, United Kingdom Keith Block Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA Henry Blodget Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Business Insider, USA Kathy Bloomgarden Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, USA Allen Blue Co-Founder and Vice-President, Products, LinkedIn, USA Zachary Bogue Managing Partner, Data Collective, USA Yannick Bolloré Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Vivendi, France Christel Bories Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eramet, France Candido Botelho Bracher Chief Executive Officer, Itaú Unibanco, Brazil Ana Botín Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, Spain Kjerstin Braathen Chief Executive Officer, DNB, Norway Sigve Brekke President and Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Group, Norway Marcus Brennecke Managing Partner; Global Co-Head, Equity, EQT Partners, Germany Heather Bresch Chief Executive Officer, Mylan, USA Jim Breyer Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Breyer Capital, USA Carlos Brito Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium