Tata Consultancy Services at Davos 2017

TCS – Strategic Partner to the World Economic Forum

The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is the leading global platform for discussing the key challenges facing our world, and for collaborating on solutions and the opportunities arising from them.

The 3,000+ leaders from business, government, media, academia and civil society who were in Davos in January 2017 reflected on the theme of Responsive and Responsible Leadership.

TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran appearing on a panel at Davos.TCS has been working with the World Economic Forum since 2005 and serves as a Strategic Partner to the organisation. It regularly participates at its Annual Meeting in Davos and the regional forums held in China, India, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The CEO of TCS, Mr. N. Chandrasekaran, has served as co-chair of the India and China meetings, and as the chairperson of the IT Governors steering committee – the highest body of CEOs of the IT and Telecoms Industry. TCS also has teams deployed towards supporting WEF on two key initiatives – the Future of Skills and promoting Financial Inclusion.

Leadership Team at Davos 2017

Senior TCS leaders attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos each year to join the conversation and help find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

The delegation from TCS included:

Mr. N. Chandrasekaran
CEO & Managing Director

Mr. Amit Bajaj
Chief Executive of Europe

Mr. N.G. Subramaniam
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan

Mr. Surya Kant
President of North America, UK and Europe

TCS highlights at Davos 2017

TCS Global Reception

18 January 2017 – 8.00-10.00pm CET – TCS Dome, Panorama Hotel Grounds

The TCS Global Reception is an exclusive, private event that brings together 400+ of the world’s foremost leaders from business, government, academia, media and civil society. The reception highlights the growing role of technology in helping resolve the challenges that the world faces today.

The 2016 edition presented a Digital Forest and in 2017 TCS unveiled Davos’ first ever Digital Ocean, signifying the growing role digital has to play in protecting our planet. TCS also collaborated with the Nature Conservancy during the event to bring awareness towards the urgent need to protect coral reefs across the world.

TCS – Harvard Business Review panel discussion: The Future Economy – How on-demand business is transforming strategy

19 January 2017 – 6.30-9.00pm CET – Hilton Garden Inn

Harvard Business Review and TCS have regularly invited select CEOs to participate in an interactive panel discussion at Davos. These discussions have centered on the most cutting edge innovations in the business world, including a discussion with Professor Michael Porter on the Internet of Things in 2015 and with the inventor of the world-wide web, Sir Tim Burners-Lee, on the Robotics Revolution in 2016. The 2017 discussion explored the transformative effects of innovative digital-led business models.

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business, and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley
Cory Doctorow, Activist in residence for MIT Media Lab
Rana Foroohar, global business columnist and associate editor of Financial Times
Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Adi Ignatius, editor in chief of Harvard Business Review

Opening Address by Amit Bajaj, Chief Executive of TCS Europe.

Plenary session: Creating profit through purpose

19 January 2017 – 9.00-10.00am CET – Congress Centre, Arena

How can corporations successfully combine profit and purpose? As part of the formal agenda of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran was on the panel of this plenary session to discuss how a new era of responsible leadership is to be enabled.

N. Chandrasekaran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Consultancy Services, India
David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble, USA
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani, USA
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EY, USA
Moderated by Randall Lane, Editor, Forbes Magazine, USA

This session was webcast live and can be viewed again here.

Accelerating performance: How organizations mobilize, execute and transform with agility

19 January 2017 – 7:00am CET – Ameron Hotel Scalettastrasse 22, Davos

What allows certain companies to drive growth faster than others? TCS was featured as one of the 23 “Superaccelerators” in the book Accelerating Performance, which researched over 500 companies to answer this question. In a private event hosted by Tracy Wolstencroft, the CEO of Heidrik & Struggles, a panel of CEO, including the CEO of TCS, Mr. N. Chandrasekaran, discussed this topic. Learn more here.


About #DigitalEmpowers

The need for more responsive and responsible leadership is the focus of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos. It’s a need underlined by the growing mistrust of mainstream institutions, as well as the sense of alienation in sections of society experiencing slower economic and social progress.

As one of the World Economic Forum’s longstanding Strategic Partners, Tata Consultancy Services is committed to harnessing the power of digital technologies to create a fairer, more inclusive society. We strongly believe digital technologies serve as both a vital and dynamic force for good.

Digital is already empowering communities across the world. Farmers in India are using smartphones to protect their crops and earn better prices for their produce. Drones are helping to save endangered animals and protect forests in Europe. The Internet of Things is enabling the improvement in care for the elderly in Singapore, and helping women to blaze new technology career trails in Saudi Arabia; Digital is leading the way to consistently improve peoples’ lives.

Launched at Davos 2017, #DigitalEmpowers celebrates the crucial role technology plays in improving our world. We invite you to learn more, and encourage you to share your own stories of how digital has empowered you, your company, your community or your country.

If you would like to contribute or engage with the #DigitalEmpowers campaign, please do follow and message us on Twitter @TCS_Europe or write to us at [email protected]