Time for discussions, dialogue & Davos

Every January, the WEF convenes its annual summit of global leaders at Davos, a three-hour train ride from Zurich.

Marcus Ranney
Published: 19, Jan 2016

Dr. Marcus Ranney completed his Bachelors of Science and Medical degrees from University College Medical School in London. His passion for sports and extreme medicine and physiology has stemmed for more a decade, conducting field research across the planet. His expeditions have led him climbing the sides of Everest, skiing across the Arctic and traversing the European Alps. He has served as a medical officer in the Royal Air Force fueling his desire for flight and also at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for one of the space shuttle’s missions to the International Space station. After practicing clinical medicine in London he made the transition to Mumbai where he now works within the Healthcare and Life-sciences industry as a Strategic advisor and Venture Capitalist, blending together his experiences from both the scientific and business worlds. Leveraging his extensive network within the region and strong domain expertise, Marcus has advised and developed strategies for a variety of healthcare organisations and continues to support entrepreneurs and startups in fulfilling their business visions. With a vast set of interests that span from the basic sciences right through to application of clinical medicine and its service delivery, Marcus has a strong ambition to shape the global healthcare landscape. Marcus has always been a person of many interests and continues to expand his spheres of influence across different verticals through strategic mentorship and advisory roles. In his own time he works with a number of NGO's in his capacity as a World Economic Forum's Global Shaper. He is a keen athlete and regularly participates in Half Marathons and Triathlons and has recently been signed to publish his first book in the field of popular science!

Every January the World Economic Forum, (WEF) convenes its annual summit of global leaders at Davos, an otherwise sleepy town nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps (Photo: Ruben Sprich / Reuters)
Every January the World Economic Forum, (WEF) convenes its annual summit of global leaders at Davos, an otherwise sleepy town nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps (Photo: Ruben Sprich / Reuters)

I’m 36,000 feet high, in the air over Europe, about half an hour away from touch down in Zurich. Three months have passed since I received the invitation and it’s been a whirlwind journey already, without even having reached the city.

Established in 1971, the World Economic Forum, (WEF) is committed to improving the state of the world and is the international organization for public-private cooperation. Every January the WEF convenes its annual summit of global leaders at Davos, a three-hour train ride from Zurich.

For four days this otherwise sleepy town nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps sees a frantic buzz of activity, as it becomes the global capital. World leaders from business and industry descend on this village, joined by the heads of state of almost every single nation on earth. The agenda - to discuss the current state of the world and through a series of informal and intimate discussions, the 2000 people in attendance arrive at a consensus for how to tackle these in the upcoming year.  So that's 2000 people and me.. Why you I hear you ask? Well, each year the WEF selects 50 youth leaders to represent the voice of the next generation at the table. Coined "Global Shapers" the role of this cohort is to ensure that the thoughts and opinions of the 4 billion youth on this planet are adequately heard.

A practicing doctor from London, I moved to Mumbai in 2010 and since then have been involved in a host of advisory and operational roles for players in the healthcare and life-sciences realm in both the private and public sector. This year, for my work and commitment to the healthcare sector and my increasing involvement as an investment professional supporting entrepreneurs, the WEF has invited me to be part of this cohort.

Months of preparation have gone into what is to unfold for me in the next five to six days. With confirmed bilateral meetings with the world’s biggest movers and shakers in the healthcare space, including heads of state, this is going to be a life changing experience. My hope is that I can contribute as much as I absorb from the discussions and dialogue that are to unfold between now and the 24th of January.

This blog will keep you updated on the inner stories from the conference. I hope to share with you anecdotes and my experiences from along the way, and aim to be as thought provoking as I can. I invite you the reader to feel free to reach out to me and ask questions and pass comments on the material being presented, as I endeavour to be your voice at the table too!

The captain has just switched on the seat belt sign, ominous of what is to be a roller coaster of a trip ahead!

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