Forum communities & initiatives


BT experts are actively involved in a number of the WEF communities, initiatives and industry projects.

Technology Pioneers

The Technology Pioneers programme has been running for over 12 years and continues to uncover exciting new technologies in the fields of Biotechnology/Health, Energy/Environment and Information Technology, Telecommunications or New Media.

BT partners with the Forum to select the Technology Pioneers that offer greatest potential for long-term impact on business and society. Jean-Marc Frangos, Managing Director of External Innovation, BT is on the Forum’s nomination and selection committee. Typically 30 Technology Pioneers are selected from over 200 innovative nominations.

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Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals, drawn from every region of the world. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future. BT's Chief Sustainability Officer Niall Dunne is a member of the Young Global Leaders community and is involved in a number of their initiatives.

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Global Agenda Councils

BT experts participate in three of the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Climate Change, Mental Health and the Economics of Innovation. Each Council, of approximately 20 members, is tasked with advancing the global agenda on the issues faced per topic with multi-stakeholder action-oriented programmes.

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Global Challenge Initiatives

In 2015 the Forum  introduced ‘Global Challenge Initiatives’ (GCI) which group together key projects under 9 overarching global issues. BT collaborates on “Future of the Internet” and “Future of the Global Financial System” global challenge initiatives and BT experts are involved in several initiatives in support of these two Global Challenge Initiatives.

Global Challenge Initiative - Future of the Internet

This Initiative was launched in an effort to help strengthen trust and expand concrete cooperation on the Internet-related challenges among multiple interested parties and stakeholders.

Larry Stone, President BT Group Public and Government Affairs, is a member of the overall "Future of the Internet" Initiative Core Community representing Gavin Patterson, Group CEO, in the overall direction of the workstreams. BT experts are also involved in the workstreams focussed on Governance on the Internet, Future of Digital Communications, Cybersecurity and Internet for All.

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Global Challenge Initiative - Future of the Global Financial System

The global financial system is the cornerstone of economic activity, which is critical for long-term economic growth and development. The Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Global Financial System focuses on how to build a more efficient, resilient and equitable international system. BT experts are contributing to the 3 key focus areas on Financial Stability, Innovation and Economic Growth, Promoting Global Financial Inclusion and Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services 

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Industry Projects

BT experts are also involved in several initiatives across key industries, with a particular focus on the ‘Telecommunications’ and ‘Media, Entertainment and Information’ industries. 

Digital Transformation of Industries

As part of the Future of the Internet Global Challenge Initiative, the Digital Transformation project will analyse the impact of digital technologies on business – at the industry and enterprise level – and on society.

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Data Driven Development

The goal of the Data-Driven Development initiative is to help new digital economies develop in a trustworthy, equitable and human-centred manner, ensuring they are able to balance innovation with accountability and inclusion.

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Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society

This project investigates the effects on humans of increased engagement with and exposure to new media platforms, services, and content.

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Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services

The Future of Urban Development & Services Initiative (FUDS) serves as a partner in the transformation of cities around the world, as they address major urban challenges.

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