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NUS President at World Economic Forum 2012

26 January 2012

Prof Tan Chorh Chuan at the meeting held in Davos

Photo: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan is currently at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, for the 42nd World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting from 25 to 29 January 2012.

Prof Tan was one of the discussion leaders at the brainstorming session on "Business, Governance and Leadership - New Pressures and Realities" on the first day. Over the next few days, he will facilitate three sessions, "Leveraging Human-Machine Collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University", "From Concept to Commerce with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute" and "What If All Known Antibiotics Lost Their Effectiveness?".

He will also introduce the session entitled "New Models of Healthcare with the National University of Singapore" which involve four discussion leaders from NUS; and attend the Winter Meeting of the Global University Leaders Forum.

Also at Davos is Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Prof Mahbubani will share his prediction of the single most important transformation that will occur in our lifetime at "An Insight, An Idea with Kishore Mahbubani". He will also be moderating two sessions, "ASEAN: Collaboration through Connectivity" and "The Future of American Power in the 21st Century", and speaking at the session "Pundits, Professors and their Predictions".

Other NUS participants at this year's Davos meeting include Prof John Wong, Vice Provost (Academic Medicine) and Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences; Prof Deng Yongheng, Provost's Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies; Prof Wong Tien Yin, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute; Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Assoc Prof Chong Yap Seng from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

First held in 1971, the WEF Annual Meeting is a gathering of global leaders from industry, government, academia, civil society and the media at the start of each year to discuss the most pressing and important world issues, devise innovative strategies and catalyse solutions to meet those challenges.

The 2012 meeting centres on the theme "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models", which brings together global leaders to define what the future should look like, align stakeholders around that vision, and inspire their institutions to realise it.