Forum communities & initiatives


BT experts are actively involved in a number of the World Economic Forum communities and initiatives ranging from Technology Pioneers selection to Mental Health. BT also supports two Global Agenda Councils as well as numerous IT & Telecoms Industry projects.

Technology Pioneers

The Technology Pioneers programme has been running for over 11 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 at BT is on the Forum’s nomination and selection committee. Typically 30 Technology Pioneers are selected from over 200 innovative nominations.

To read more visit the Forum’s web site

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.

Global Agenda Councils

BT experts have also been invited to join two of the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Climate Change and Mental Health.  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.

Industry Projects

BT collaborates with the Forum on several industry-led projects and the output and recommendations are summarised in several reports published by the Forum.

Risk & Responsibility in a Hyper-connected World

This Initiative provides a platform for decision-makers to undertake coordinated action to set in place the risk evaluation, detection and response mechanisms necessary to protect networked communications and future growth in the online networked economy.

BT is a leading contributor to this project and one of the founding signatories to the Partnering for Cyber Resilience initiative. To date more than 100 organisations (signatories) have joined the WEF initiative to address cyber resilience as a community.

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Connected World: Transforming Travel, Transportation, and Supply Chains

Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services, joined the steering board for this initiative in April 2013 which brings together companies from the Aviation, Automotive, Hospitality, Logistics, Rail, IT and Telecoms sectors to examine how travel, transportation, logistics and supply chains are impacted by changes in the macro-environment, changing customer needs, new mobility frontiers and technological developments.

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Delivering Digital Infrastructure Phase II – 2020

High availability, universal access digital infrastructure is required globally, but may be put at risk by challenges such as market influences, shifting business models and a diverse set of regulatory environments. For Davos 2014 the project presented case studies and industry visualisations with scenario planning looking at 2020 and the impact and role of regulation. The next phase of this project will look at how key trends will reshape the landscape of connectivity and digital services in 202 and beyond and the challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. BT is a leading contributor to this initiative and project.

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