Urs Gredig, CNNMoney Switzerland’s editor-in-chief, was „quite impressed“ by the activism of climate campaigner Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum. The 16-year-old Swede grabbed as much attention as U.S. President Donald Trump did during his visit to Davos last year. Gredig also comments on what was on the minds of Swiss CEOs during the 49th WEF Annual Meeting.


“It’s much worse than we think,” says IEA’s Fatih Birol
There’s a growing discrepancy between reports on climate change and real life, says Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency. The situation is far more urgent, current targets are too low, and change is not happening fast enough.

Herbert Scheidt: Europe must not destroy London’s financial hub
In the face of Brexit uncertainty, Herbert Scheidt, the chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association, warns that Europe could lose out to competition from the U.S. and Asia if London’s financial hub is “destroyed.”

Cargill eyes 2019 acquisitions in China despite trade tensions
Cargill’s investment and acquisitions plans in 2019 will include Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia. CEO and Chairman Dave MacLennan of the food and agriculture group describes U.S.-China trade tensions as temporary and also discusses the future of his company’s Geneva operation.

KPMG Switzerland CEO: The high level of M&A activity will go on in ’19
More and more Swiss companies have a global reach—and the strategic and financial power to do acquisitions, says KPMG Switzerland CEO Stefan Pfister. At the WEF 2019, he explained why he expects Switzerland to keep the same level of M&A activity it has seen in the last few years.

Switzerland plays key role in Horizon 2020, says ERC president
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest-ever research and innovation program with nearly 80 billion euros of funding over seven years. So why does Europe need such a costly project and what’s in it for Switzerland? Find out from Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council.

WEF ends with urgent calls for financial stability, climate change action
As the World Economic Forum closes its curtains for this year, participants tell us about their expectations for the global economy in the next 12 months and what their hopes are for 2020, when the Annual meeting will celebrate its 50th anniversary. WEF ends with urgent calls for financial stability, climate change action.

Roche ready for any Brexit scenario, says chairman
Brexit is a top concern at the 2019 World Economic Forum. But as Roche Chairman Christophe Franz explains, the company has implemented plans to make sure patients do not lose access to medicines in the event of a hard Brexit. Franz also gives his views on Roche’s transformation and the Swiss-EU relationship.