DeGioia Represents Georgetown at World Economic Forum
January 27, 2012 – President John J. DeGioia met with higher education and economic leaders and hosted an alumni reception at the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week in Davos, Switzerland.
Georgetown has been closely involved with the WEF over the years in several ways, such as contributing to the Global University Leaders Forum and the Global Agenda Council on Values.
DeGioia also has chaired the Global Agenda Council on Faith, leading an effort to begin a “Moral Economy Dialogue.”
Among others, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano greeted the Georgetown president at the forum. She was at WEF to unveil the Obama administration’s National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.
“Values always have been at the center of what we do at Georgetown,” DeGioia said. “It has been useful and important to offer this perspective to collaborative efforts between Georgetown and the WEF.”
The Global Agenda Council on Values works to understand how shared values support effectiveness in addressing multi-faceted global challenges, particularly those rooted in economic issues.
Georgetown also has participated in a collaboration between its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the WEF on a 2010 report, “Faith and the Global Agenda: Values for the Post-Crisis Economy.”
At the alumni reception, guests encountered a “Georgetown in Davos” theme, with posters of campus landmarks on the walls, basketball programs on the tables and a video of prominent on-campus speakers playing throughout the evening.
“It has been a pleasure to see so many members of our alumni community here tonight and throughout the week,” DeGioia said at the reception. “They represent the global mindset, leadership and engagement with the world that Georgetown embodies.”
Sanjay Gupta (C’96), a WEF Young Global Leader and CEO of LinkedCap, said he was pleased to observe the university's connection to the broader international community through its attendance at the forum’s annual meeting.
“It is also impressive to see how Georgetown alumni are integrated into the various constituencies that make up the WEF, ranging from heads of state to chairpersons and CEOs of multinational organizations,” Gupta said. “Georgetown's presence here provides a place for these various and diverse constituents that share a common Hoya thread to meet and engage.”
Jill Otto (G’04), also a WEF Young Global Leader and associate investor at J.P. Morgan, said the alumni gathering at Davos is a highlight of the conference.
“I love catching up with the many Hoyas from around the globe who embody the World Economic Forum’s mission of committing to improve the state of the world," she explained.
Another forum-related effort is the university’s participation in the International Sustainable Campus Network – WEF Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) Charter.
Developed in 2010, the charter supports universities in target setting and reporting about sustainable campus development goals and performance.
The university has committed to cutting its carbon footprint in half by 2020 and currently offers over 80 courses that focus on sustainability issues.
“Environmental sustainability is a challenge that universities actively can help to address,” DeGioia has said. “At Georgetown we are committed to engaging in research, teaching and operational practices that help us minimize our impact on the environment.”