Echoes of the 2009 Davos World Economic Forum

Join us for our annual discussion with 2009 WEF participants

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


February 06, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Join swissnex and our esteemed panel for a debriefing and discussion on the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

As a result of the present global economic crisis, the international landscape will be radically altered. This year’s Annual Meeting is organized under the theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Come learn how leaders from industry, government and civil society plan to shape this transformation. Our speakers are Davos World Economic Forum participants and bring their own unique insight.


6:30 pm doors open – networking reception with hors d’oeuvres 7:00 pm panel discussion starts, speakers include:

  • David L. Sifry – Founder and Chairman, Technorati
  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO – Business for Social Responsibility
  • Paul V. Oliva (moderator) – Founder and Chief Consultant, Oliva Global Communications

8:00 pm doors close


David L. Sifry, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Technorati

Dave Sifry is a entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the IT industry.  Most recently, he founded Technorati, the largest blog search engine in the world, and was CEO from 2002-2007. He is Chairman of Technorati’s Board of Directors. Dave was a co-founder and the CTO of Sputnik. Prior to Sputnik, he was co-founder, CTO, and Vice President of Engineering at Linuxcare, Inc, having built Linuxcare’s services infrastructure. Dave is a recognized expert on leadership development, blogs and the massive changes in the digital media environment, Open Source development, and the Linux operating system. He is also the creator of Projectdocs, an online document management and collaboration service, and Hoosgot, a lazyweb service. He served on the founding Board of Directors of Linux International, the Advisory Board of the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Technical Advisory Board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Dave lived and worked in Kobe, Japan for Mitsubishi Electric, and speaks Japanese in a rusty kansai-ben. While he now lives in foggy San Francisco, one of his top travel destinations is Yosemite, in his hometown state of California, although the lure of London and Paris frequently beckons.

Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility

Aron Cramer is President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). Prior to assuming the  post of President and CEO, he was based in Paris, where he launched BSR’s Europe office in 2002. He also led the establishment of BSR’s Hong Kong office in 2001. Cramer joined BSR in 1995 and served as  the founding director of its Business and Human Rights Program. Cramer has worked closely with dozens of BSR’s member companies in numerous industry sectors, providing advice and counsel on the full spectrum of CSR issues, including Ford Motor Co., Chevron, Nike, Unilever, Royal Dutch/Shell, Novartis, Novo Nordisk and Rio Tinto. He has also provided support and counsel to many of the leading CSR initiatives in recent years, including the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and the Fair Labor Association. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development and other public institutions. Prior to joining BSR, Cramer served as an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and at ABC News in New York. He is a graduate of Tufts University and obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Cramer speaks frequently before industry audiences and in other fora, and has been widely quoted in media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and others. In 2004, he co-edited “Raising the Bar”, a publication providing guidance on implementation of the UN Global Compact principles.

Paul V. Oliva, (moderator), Founder and Chief Consultant, Oliva Global Communications

Oliva is an international communications and business strategy consultant with over 17 years experience. His career stretches from program development to strategy and from traditional public relations and media relations to corporate social responsibility, issues management, international trade policy, and government relations. After helping drive discussion of economic development issues at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland from 2003 through 2005, Oliva discerned a strong and growing need to help executives and their enterprises manage top-level communications and effectively engage in global policy debates. Oliva is recognized as a leader in helping organizations enhance their reputation and business growth through effective communications business strategy generally, but particularly through strategic relationships with partners such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations. Oliva’s specialties include business strategy and analysis, strategic partnerships, executive speechwriting and coaching, news releases and message development, reports and case studies, and marketing communications. Particular interests include the impact of technology and financial services on economic development, from B2B and international trade to enterprise resource planning systems to remittances and microfinance.


Photo: Myleen Hollero