Davos 2019

JLL leadership addressed technological, political, economic and societal topics at the World Economic Forum’s exclusive annual meeting at Davos.

JLL is a strategic partner to the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation. 

In this role, JLL leadership joined foremost political, business and other leaders of society at the exclusive Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 22-25 January.

The meeting’s attendees convened under the theme “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” to participate in global dialogues that will help shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Read our notes from Davos blog daily for JLL’s inside view from this elite event.



Eyes turn to Davos

With so many political tensions and uncertainties dominating the headlines in early 2019, Davos provides a timely opportunity for leaders – especially politicians – to build fresh consensus for mutually beneficial and sustainable co-existence in this rapidly evolving digital age.


As we finish the week in Davos, I’m reflecting on my top 5 takeaways

By John Forrest

There is real frustration with the lack of effective bipartisan political leadership around the world and unless leaders come together to collectively solve the world’s most complex problems, the frustration will get significantly worse over the coming years. Business leaders need to step up to fill some of the void.

Davos themes reflected in our latest Future of Work research

By John Forrest

This year’s annual meeting focused on “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” With many government and business leaders and global subject matter experts speaking, the events were all thoroughly worthwhile.

3D mobility and workspace evolution

By Vinay Goel

While much of Davos has been consumed with AI and Blockchain, I attended a fascinating panel on the future of mobility with the CEOs of Boeing, Uber and UPS.

Picturing a world of smart, sustainable, connected cities

By Christian Ulbrich

We’ve seen clear blue skies over Davos all week, but everyone here seems keenly aware of the clouds hovering on the horizon in our economies and societies.

Real estate moves up the agenda at Davos

By Guy Grainger

One of the things I’ve found most interesting at Davos is that business leaders are really starting to understand the importance of great workspaces and workplaces, and the role real estate can play in the war for talent and corporate strategy in general.

From theory to reality—technology makes business better

By Greg O'Brien

The theme this year is Globalization for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”), referring to the massive shifts in business models across industries and most every company due to digitization and AI.

Working together solves more than labouring alone

By Richard Bloxam

As I walk between the Conference Centre and along the Promenade, I’ve been reflecting on the meetings and conversations I’ve had. Understandably, there is much debate – and a slight tension – about the future of globalisation.

Top talking points – and why Davos has a vital role to play

By Sheila Penrose

Greetings from a cold Davos! It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to mix with business and thought leaders from around the globe.

What connects sports and real estate? I found out at Davos.

By Susheel Koul

I was particularly impressed by one session, where they talked about how blockchain could make professional sports fairer.

Preparing for an AI-first strategy

By Vinay Goel

Much of human progress has been based on our intellect and ability to adapt. AI can help turbo charge intelligence in many dimensions.

An optimistic outlook for the age of AI

By Christian Ulbrich

‘The future is upon us.’

That was the eye-catching headline on my New York Times dinner invitation for the opening night of the World Economic Forum annual meeting.

Header photo courtesy of the World Economic Forum.