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

Global Challenge Initiative - Future of the Internet

This Initiative was launched in an effort to help strengthen such 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.

The following BT experts are involved in the four sub-projects of this GCI.

  • Governance on the Internet: Larry Stone, President BT Group Public and Government Affairs.
  • Cyber-Crime/Cyber Security: Mark Hughes, President, BT Security is the BT lead along with Kevin Brown VP, BT Security, Threat Intel & G.E.S Transformation.
  • Internet for All: Anna Easton, Sustainability Director, BT Group Purposeful Business.
  • Future of Digital Communications: Larry Stone, President BT Group Public and Government Affairs. 

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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. We are in the process of identifying relevant experts to contribute to each of the following projects:

  • Financial Stability, Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Promoting Global Financial Inclusion
  • Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services 

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Industry Projects

BT experts are also involved in several initiatives in support of the ‘Telecommunications’ and ‘Media, Entertainment and Information’ industry lead initiatives, as well as other initiatives.

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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Human Implications of Digital Media

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

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Future of Urban Development

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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