Davos 2020

January 21–24

At the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, we engaged with business executives, experts, and policymakers to discuss topics including climate change, how technology can be harnessed for social good, and the role of business leadership in the 21st century.

Reflections from Davos 2020

Kevin Sneader, McKinsey’s global managing partner, discusses what mattered at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting with Rik Kirkland, partner, global publishing.

Future-casting with Oliver Tonby

Oliver Tonby, chairman in McKinsey’s Asia offices, reflects on the themes that shaped the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, and discusses how several of these megatrends will support Asia’s ascent to the world stage in the 2020s.

Reflections on technology from Davos 2020

From artificial intelligence, 5G, and reskilling to social responsibility and climate change—the opportunities and challenges of new technology were front and center at Davos.

Perspectives from our partners

Understanding mobility’s second great inflection point

Senior partner Asutosh Padhi discusses the technological breakthroughs changing the mobility ecosystem and lays out what the shifts mean for automotive and other industries.

How digital factories lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

McKinsey partner Enno de Boer and senior partner Katy George highlight research findings from the Global Lighthouse Network project and talk through the power of manufacturing innovation at scale.

Three questions to assess your physical climate risk

McKinsey Global Institute director and senior partner Jonathan Woetzel explains what you need to know about physical climate risk and poses the crucial questions businesses and stakeholders need to answer.

Featured insight


Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.

WEF-McKinsey Collaborations

Industry’s fast-mover advantage: Enterprise value from digital factories

Manufacturing’s leaders in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital technologies are building on their head start—generating even more value across the entire enterprise.

The future of the last-mile ecosystem

What’s ahead for urban deliveries? This new report analyzes interventions such as the use of electric vehicles and parcel lockers, that could lower emissions and congestion considerably.

3 ways we can help women join the age of automation

The public, private and third sectors need to work together to support women to make the transitions they need to thrive in the automation age, write Anu Madgavkar, Vivian Hunt, and Lareina Yee in World Economic Forum.

How AI can improve disaster resilience and relief

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and ferocity. Here's how AI can come to the rescue.

Transforming rural mobility in Japan and the world

Unreliable rural transit systems are a strain for senior citizens in Japan; a new white paper provides a framework for potential solutions.

How to incentivize food systems to meet the realities of the 21st century

Today’s food systems don’t address the needs of people or the planet. New research from the World Economic Forum and McKinsey lays out a road map to create the needed incentives.

World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders

Senior Partner and Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi

Rima Assi

Partner, Boston

Shelley Stewart

Partner, Tokyo

Yuito Yamada

Highlights from previous years

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Davos 2019: Four big themes

– Which topics dominated at Davos this year? What was the general outlook? Kevin Sneader, our global managing partner, offers a... first-hand perspective.
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Reflections from Davos 2018

– Dominic Barton shares lasting impressions from his ninth, and final, Davos as managing partner. Economic growth dominated the... agenda—along with power politics, social innovation and talent as a CEO priority.
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Dispatches from Davos

– For us, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is an opportunity to hear what’s on the minds of others and meet... with clients to understand their priorities and challenges in an increasingly complex world.