President Mnangagwa wins a Davos ‘award’
THE Davos party is over: The World Economic Forum’s elite attendees are packing their bags and heading home. So it’s time for the annual Un-Davos Awards.
Product placement award: The giant “Invest Saudi” billboard on Ameron Hotel boldly claimed the progressive futurist narrative for Saudi Arabia before, er, no one else did.
Best Davos job: The Christine Lagarde security officer tasked with checking each step for ice before Lagarde stepped on it.
Disappearing despot act: Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, aborted his Davos trip at the last-minute to repress protests at home.
Swag award: World Quant University (yes, it’s a real thing) gave away 100 percent cashmere scarves. Honorable mention to the Female Quotient’s lipbalm.
Understated celebrity award: “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright.
Essence of Davos award: The Youth Wisdom Accelerator: The point of youth is to be great and to have fun, without necessarily having wisdom.
Lifetime blowhard achievement award: Klaus Schwab for his interview series with authoritarian leaders. This week: Jair Bolsonaro.
The Golden Sardine: The Arabian Nights event, so packed that breathing became optional and staff were visibly terrified.
Breakout venue: Davos House. Making low-ceilings and the United Nations cool again.
Digital work-life balance innovators of the year: Swisscom for inventing mobile Wi-Fi routers that didn’t work no matter how many you bought or where you positioned them.
Most enthusiastic event organizer: RSVP “yes” to an event from Guggenheim Partners and you receive invites to four further events in the following 15 minutes.
The ubiquitous tech titan: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
The invisible but present one: Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Trench warfare award: Sheryl Sandberg willingly put herself in the firing line at so many meetings and events, she needed a microphone to preserve her voice by the end of the week.
Forever young(-ish) and cool: Bono and Sting share first prize.
Best hair: Bono, uncontested.
- Source: Politico