Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. Nick leads the Forum’s work on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, focusing on how emerging technologies are transforming industries, labour markets, societies and governments, and how they can be used to create a human-centred future.
Nicholas Davis is Special Advisor, Innovation at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Managing Partner at SWIFT Partners, a Geneva-based consultancy focused on helping companies harness emerging technologies to create sustainable value.
From 2015 to 2019, Nick was Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. He led the Forum’s thought-leadership on the concept of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, oversaw engagement with civil society communities and managed teams across the information technology, telecoms and media industries.
With Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he is the co-author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, published in January 2018.
Originally from Sydney, and previously a commercial lawyer, Director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK.
He is currently a Visiting Professor at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University and sits on the board of the European Innovation Management Academy. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.