Together. For Better. KPMG at the 2023 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting is taking place in Davos in Switzerland from 16-20 January 2023, under the theme of Cooperation in a Fragmented World. The meeting will bring together leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead.

The full breadth of KPMG’s business model – bringing together a broad range of skills, expertise, and sector knowledge to solve the world’s most pressing challenges – will be displayed on this global stage, underscoring how we are Together, For Better for each other, our clients and for society.

Through collaboration with key stakeholders at WEF, including our clients, government officials, and peers, we will deepen these relationships by showcasing our organization’s ability to develop solutions to challenges faced by our clients and society. By focusing on KPMG’s three areas of opportunities – ESG, Technology, and Talent – we will demonstrate our global network’s capacity to solve pressing challenges and building long-term value for our clients.

KPMG’s presence will be purposeful and aligned to key clients and alliance partners in attendance. KPMG has five official WEF delegates: Bill Thomas, Global Chairman & CEO; Klaus Becker, CEO, KPMG in Germany; Jonathan Holt, CEO, KPMG in the UK; Paul Knopp, CEO & Chairman, KPMG in the US; and Laura Newinski, COO, KPMG in the US; as well as 13 other KPMG leaders in attendance.

KPMG’s onsite presence is focused on building trust with key c-suite executives and global leaders by hosting face-to-face conversations, client engagement, as well as speaking engagements.

Highlights of KPMG’s presence at WEF’s 2023 Annual Meeting include:

16 January:           

  • Accounting for Sustainability Roundtable – Hosted in the KPMG lounge with KPMG delegate in attendance.

17 January:

  • KPMG’s ESG Roundtable – Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Jane Lawrie hosts Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Leaders as they share considerations for the profession as the ESG agenda evolves. 
  • Just Energy Transformation (WEF affiliate session) – Panel moderated by WWF and UNDP, KPMG’s presence will be led by Mike Hayes, Global Climate Change and Decarbonization Leader and Global Head of Renewable Energy. A live stream of this event is available. Register here.
  • A time of contradictions – navigating a complex talent marketplace – Global Head of People Nhlamu Dlomu is joined by Professor Lynda Gratton for a fireside chat on talent trends, what we mean by the ‘Great Renegotiation’ and why now is the time for experimentation and doubling down on human connection.

18 January:

  • CBI Breakfast / City of London – Roundtable discussion on investment, productivity and innovation. KPMG in the UK CEO Jonathan Holt to attend and chair the panel.

How you can get involved:

  • Join KPMG’s internal Insight call: Scheduled for 18 January, employees can attend an internal-only insights call that will bring together a cross-section of our delegation to discuss emerging trends and on-the-ground updates from WEF. 
  • Join the live stream of KPMG’s Just Energy Transformation session: Scheduled for 17 January, KPMG’s Mike Hayes will lead a panel discussion on the critical considerations for energy companies and investors as they develop strategies for the Just Energy Transformation.
  • Follow the live streamed sessions and replayed from WEF.


About KPMG’s partnership with WEF: As a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF), KPMG provides essential leadership to support the Forum’s mission to improve the state of the world. The partnership provides KPMG with a unique opportunity to champion public-private cooperation and aide in strategic decision-making on some of the most important industry and cross-industry issues.

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