Nicholas Davis – Keynote Speaker

Former Head of Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Emerging technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Future of work



  • English


Nicholas Davis is an innovation expert and has worked with governments, international firms and civil society organisations to collaborate on global issues. Davis is the former Head of Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum and a member of the Executive Committee.

He led the Forum’s thought-leadership on the concept of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which focused on how new and emerging technologies are transforming industries, labour markets, societies and governments. Nicholas Davis also oversaw the engagement with civil society communities and managed teams across the information technology, telecoms and media industries. With Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he is the co-author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, published in January 2018.

Originally from Sydney, and previously a commercial lawyer, Director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK.

Nicholas Davis is currently a Visiting Professor at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University and sits on the board of the IMPROVE European Innovation Management Academy. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

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