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  • January 22, 2018

WEF: Creating a shared future in a fractured world

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting taking place on January 23 to 26 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, calls for creating a shared future in a fractured world. The Forum is bringing together a record number of heads of state, government and international organizations alongside leaders from business, civil society, academia, the arts and media. Only a few days before the meeting, Ms. Makiko Eda has been appointed the new Chief Representative Officer of the World Economic Forum’s Japan office. She joins the Forum from Intel where she served for 18 years, and as President and Representative Director of Intel Japan since 2013. Ms. Eda was the speaker at the SCCIJ Luncheon in September 2016.

Logo of World Economic Forum

Inability to preserve resources

The global context has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences. Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the Cold War. Economic prosperity and social cohesion are not one and the same. The global commons cannot protect or heal itself, the World Economic Forum said in its invitation to the annual meeting.  

“Our collective inability to secure inclusive growth and preserve our scarce resources puts multiple global systems at risk simultaneously. Our first response must be to develop new models for cooperation that are not based on narrow interests but on the destiny of humanity as a whole," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and CEO of World Economic Forum (click to enlarge)

Klaus Schwab, Founder and CEO of World Economic Forum (click to enlarge)

Social contract continues to erode

Politically, new and divisive narratives are transforming governance. Economically, policies are being formulated to preserve the benefits of global integration while limiting shared obligations such as sustainable development, inclusive growth and managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Socially, citizens yearn for responsive leadership; yet, a collective purpose remains elusive despite ever-expanding social networks. All the while, the social contract between states and their citizens continues to erode.  

The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The program, initiatives and projects of the meeting are focused on "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World". By coming together at the start of the year, we can shape the future by joining this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and collaboration, the WEF said.

Ms. Makiko Eda, incoming head of WEF Japan Office, here at the SCCIJ Luncheon in September 2016 (click to enlarge)

Ms. Makiko Eda, incoming head of WEF Japan Office, here at the SCCIJ Luncheon in September 2016 (click to enlarge)

Prominent head of WEF Japan office

The Forum employs over 600 people, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and additional offices in New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Tokyo. It is expanding its presence in Japan to accelerate its impact in the country through community development, relationship management, knowledge networks, regional business council activities and special projects. Ms. Eda whose starting day is April 1 will be responsible for building and leading the new extended team in Japan and the Forum’s activities in Japan across the public, private and civil society sectors.  

The WEF called Ms. Eda a proven leader in innovation, with valuable experience in corporate and government relations in Japan and elsewhere in Asia and a strong advocate for gender diversity in Japan.  “With her nomination, and building up our Japan office under her leadership, we want to demonstrate the importance given to Japan in our work as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation,” Professor Schwab said. The WEF Japan Representative Office, based in Tokyo, was established in 2009. It supports the Forum’s work across all areas, particularly relations with government, business and public in Japanese.  

“As the world faces the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this is an exciting opportunity to increase Japan’s participation in Forum initiatives, to better prepare for the future,” said Ms. Eda. The Japanese citizen holds an MA in Sociology, Arkansas State University (USA) and a BA in Sociology from Waseda University (Japan). She has been a member of the cabinet’s office’s regulatory reform committee since 2016. She is also a member of Keizai Doyukai, the American Chamber of Commerce Japan and Women Corporate Directors Japan Chapter.    


Text: SCCIJ with material of WEF; Photos: WEF Logo (WEF via flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Klaus Schwab (UN Geneva via flickr CC  BY-NC-ND 2.0) and Makiko Eda (SCCIJ)

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