Ged Davis is managing director of the World Economic Forum's new 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 2,000 corporate, government, and non-profit leaders to discuss global challenges.
Before heading the Centre for Strategic Insight, Ged 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 every three or four years to inform Shell strategy and provoke broader debate on global energy and social issues. He also held various technical, business development, and management roles for Shell companies around the world.
Ged 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.
Ged is an economist and engineer by training. He holds an undergraduate degree in mining engineering from Imperial College, London, and postgraduate degrees in economics and engineering from the London School of Economics and Stanford University.