The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss non-profit foundation that is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, an alpine resort. The meeting brings together 2,500 business leaders, politicians, intellectuals and journalists to discuss the issues of the day. The gathering is often simply termed “Davos”, a reference to its venue.

Strange world - Tsang lectures Davos

There was that overly earnest and almost pained look again. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen does that whenever he wants to make sure you know that whatever he is doing is for your own good. Perhaps it's that Christian faith he is always talking about - his job is a selfless act.

Thursday, 2 February, 2012, 12:00am

Couple recognised for refugee work

As the Australia Day 2012 Honours List is announced in Canberra today, two Hong Kong-based awardees will be on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, helping executives see how it feels to step into the shoes of a refugee.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Stimulating talk

'Do we know what to do? Probably, yes. Will we do it? Probably not.' These were the pessimistic closing remarks after several days of intense discussion at the Tallberg Forum last June on climate change, sustainable development and the necessary transitions that societies must make to restore the ecological balance and preserve life as we know it.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Amid lightweight attendance, Boao struggles with crisis of relevance

THE BOAO FORUM is supposed to be the Davos of Asia, 'an intellectual resource centre dealing with regional and global issues from an Asian perspective', according to its chairman, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

What 'world forum' without Asia?

The world is supposed to be getting smaller and more integrated as trade, capital flows and migration all grow a lot faster than populations and economies. But when it comes to ideas and interests, it is not at all clear that a fusion is taking place.

7 Feb 2005 - 12:00am