Behind the scenes with Gavi at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos

Last week, Iryna Mazur and Isaac Griberg from Gavi’s media team joined Gavi’s delegation to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). During their stay in Davos, they tweeted a behind-the-scenes view of Gavi’s engagement there. Below is a chronicle of their tweets. Highlights include the announcements of Gavi joining the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and new partnerships, demonstrating the critical role of private sector expertise in helping developing countries increase immunisation coverage, to be implemented in Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan.

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Hello! We’re on the road to Davos and this year’s Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. Looking forward to exciting announcements and chats about innovation and #vaccineswork. Iryna typing furiously on her laptop.

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One of our favorite WEF quotes: “In 1997, Google was yet to be launched and tweeting was done by birds, not human beings.” — Narendra Modi

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We’re almost there! Changing trains in Landquart, a nice-looking little town surrounded by high mountains and clouds. Isaac likes the sign on train station. Facebook-ish font and colors. Thumbs up!

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Fun fact: At 1,560m, Davos is the highest “town” in Europe. Thank you Wikipedia (and Marisol) for getting us through life!

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Fresh off the press! The organisation we work for, Gavi, joins the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, an international network dedicated to maximising the benefits and minimising the risks of emerging technology.

Just listened to Trudeau’s excellent speech on women’s rights (go Justin!). Now, what does supporting gender equality mean for global health and helping #vaccineswork? A great blog by our Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta.

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Registration at WEF 18: what a smooth process! Efficiency on par with the Swiss railway services. The most challenging part was probably navigating the slippery roads between our apartment and the registration centre. Ice! Luckily we wear good shoes.

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Gavi CEO Seth Berkley knows one or two things about vaccines! At WEF earlier today, he explained why innovation is so important to ensure that #vaccineswork for everyone, everywhere. We’ve shared on Facebook.

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No caviar or cocktails for us! We’re here to work, and our dinner consists of bread, cheese, ham, yogurt and other snacks procured at the local Migros store. En plus, our spartan kitchen will double as a command center, housing our laptops, gadgets and chargers.

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Yikes! Lots of diseases on that map. Come on WEF — let’s leverage the power of innovation and technology to make #vaccineswork for everyone around the world. Together we can do this. Infographic from today’s “ask about vaccines” session. Copyright: WEF / Jakob Polacsek.

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Good morning Davos! How you doing? Team Gavi is gearing up for an exciting day, but we might well camp out on this balcony all day — I mean, what a view! En plus, Google tells us it’ll be a sunny day with no more snowfall (looks like there’s enough snow anyways). Like!

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Post Facebook live selfie with Seth, Iryna and Isaac. Stay tuned for more live videos, photos and fun! And tomorrow’s a big day for team Gavi.

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On the road to WEF? Shoes. Bring good shoes. I repeat: good shoes. There’s a ridiculous amount of snow and ice on the roads. Photos of snow and our shoes. Iryna’s to the right and Isaac’s to the left.

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Checking out the location for one of our events tomorrow morning. Nice place! Fingers crossed the connection will be good enough for Facebook live. We should be on at about 09:15 CET.

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We’ve got reinforcements! Our command centre is getting busy. FLTR: Iryna, Faisal, Li and Marie-Ange. Only Seth and Pratik missing. Isaac snapped the photo (surprise, surprise). Anyhow, we’re all really excited about tomorrow…

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Big ideas, quotes and key messages printed on huge banners decorate hotels, shops and buildings across the little town of Davos. Some of them are thought provoking, others cryptic or quirky. Here’s one that got our attention.

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Big day tomorrow. Feels like we’re well prepared and set up. Our WEF event will start early morning and there’ll be a bit of live tweeting and a Facebook broadcast to look out for. Stay tuned! In the meantime, our fav Davos view!

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It’s 01:05 in Davos and high time to go to bed. Our event room is finally set up and ready for the guests to arrive in the morning. Good night everyone!

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View from this morning’s breakfast meeting where Gavi partners and vaccine champions discussed how innovation, technology and partnership will help #vaccineswork in 2018 and beyond.

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A few more snaps from our breakfast meeting early this morning — what an amazing crowd! Great conversations and lots of passion. Let us know if any of you (participants) want high-res pics. We’ve got a few in store.

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Our very own Li Zhang briefing the session moderator, Nick Davis, this morning. Moderating this type of events is NOT an easy task and Nick did a fantastic job! Thank you Nick, and we’re hoping to see you next year!

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Seth listening to Mr Gates’ excellent opening remarks at the breakfast. Take note of Isaac with the camera in the background. Filming hand-held with a DSLR is not easy. Let’s see what the footage looks like…

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Gavi Managing Director of Resource Mobilisation & Private Sector Partnerships, Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao, looking happy. Nice job on the photo Iryna— a keeper!

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At our WEF breakfast meeting earlier today, we handed out copies of our 2016 Annual Progress Report. For those of you who didn’t get to grab a copy, you can always download the PDF version on our website.

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It was a BUSY morning! After the breakfast, we did a Facebook Live with Gavi CEO Seth Berkley, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo and UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez. It was fun! Here’s a link to the replay.

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We also spoke with Nexleaf Analytics CEO Nithya Ramanathan about “ColdTrace”, their innovative solution to keeping fridges working effectively, and keeping health workers informed. Replay here.

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Last WEF agenda item of the day was a visit to Facebook and an excellent panel discussion moderated by their COO Sheryl Sandberg. Fascinating to hear how humanitarian organisations and telcos leverage social technology in disaster response.

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We’ve just started our journey back home. Three stops and five hours to go. Fingers crossed all goes well and that we won’t get stuck in the snow.

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