Ged Davis – Keynote Speaker

Former Head of the Centre for Strategic Insight at the World Economic Forum

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Specialist Subjects

  • Scenario Planning
  • Future Trends
  • Strategy
  • Crisis Management
  • Sustainability/ Energy
  • Global governance and social problems


  • French


Ged Davis is an Executive Chair for the World Energy Council, collaborating with the Strategies Team to work on a vision for its future. In addition to this he is President and CEO of private consulting company Forescene SA, where his projects have included implementing strategic low carbon scenarios for a Fortune 500 company and preparing European 2050 scenarios for the European Commission.


He was formerly managing director of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Strategic Insight, where he is responsible for research, scenario development, and helping to shape the annual WEF meeting at Davos, which brings together 2,400 corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders to discuss global challenges.


Before heading the Centre for Strategic Insight, Ged Davis spent 30 years with Royal Dutch/Shell, which he joined in 1972. Most recently, he was the vice president of global business environment for Shell International in London. He also served as head of Shell’s scenarios team, which developed global scenarios to inform Shell strategy and provoke broader debate on global energy and social issues. Alongside this he held various technical, business development, and management roles for Shell companies around the world.


Ged Davis is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and the director of UNAIDS’s “AIDS in Africa” scenario project. He has led four global scenario projects in recent years, including Shell’s global scenarios and a multi-year, multi-stakeholder look at sustainability for the World Business Council.



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