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Since the World Economic Forum launched its Value in Healthcare project in 2016, leaders in the global healthcare industry have developed a clear understanding of what it will take to improve healthcare value (defined as the delivery of continuously improving health outcomes to patients at the same or lower cost). In particular, the project has emphasized the importance of four key enablers that provide the essential foundation for any value-based health system:

- Systematic reporting of health outcomes by disease and population group, benchmarking across providers and research and development of decision support tools;

- New models of service delivery…

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Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

Heather Bresch

Dr Lucica Ditiu

As a leader in promoting cardiovascular health, what are some of the game changing innovations that you feel has still not reached its full potential to improve global health?

Precision medicine holds significant promise to diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular diseases and offers the global health community tremendous opportunity to design treatments and products tailored to the individual patient.

Since precision medicine is personalized to a person’s specific characteristics, such as their genetic makeup, or the genetic profile of their condition, scientists and researchers are positioned to…

New buses and cable cars will connect poorer Ecuadorians with jobs in the city centre. Image: Danny Arte

Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Mayor of Quito, Municipality of Quito

In November 2019, the people of Quito will start travelling on the city’s first metro line, three years after construction started. The line will be expected to support at least 300,000 trips daily, becoming the spine of what’s billed as an “integrated multimodal transport system” for the Ecuadorian capital. It’s the answer to what has been one of Quito’s most pressing challenges: improving mobility conditions for its more than two million inhabitants.

Located within the complex topography of the Andes mountain range, Quito sits amid mountains and deep valleys. It is…

European cities dominate the top 10, including Paris in eighth place. Image: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Alex Gray, Formative Content

London is where overseas workers want to be, according to a new survey.

More than one-fifth (22%) of respondents said that the UK capital was their preferred destination.

New York came in second with 16%, and Berlin and Barcelona were third and fourth, both with 15%.

Glumac LA’s 17,500-square foot office produces three times more energy than it consumes

Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler

The smart building concept is one of the most radical innovations to come to building design in generations. But smart buildings are just emerging, and we still don’t have a single, shared definition. Within the architecture, engineering and construction industries, smart buildings generally refer to buildings that are equipped with the latest IoT and sensor technology, giving users new levels of control over the built environment.

While the total number of truly smart buildings around the world remains small, an impressive array of technology has been developed for this emerging market. The future looks bright. These…

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Jürgen Fischer, President, Danfoss Cooling

Picture this: you live in a hot and humid climate, and you get access to energy. What’s the first thing you buy to stay cool? An air conditioner (AC). As incomes and standards of living increase around the world, so does the use of ACs. As a result, the global energy demand for ACs is expected to triple by 2050. However, people are buying units with average efficiencies of less than half of what is available on the market. To respond to the growing demand for cooling, we must, first and foremost, think energy efficiency.

Improving the job prospects of South Africans is important, but so is building a fairer society. Image: Reuters/ Siphiwe Sibeko

Elsie S. Kanza, Head of Regional Agenda — Africa, Member of the Executive Committe, World Economic Forum Geneva

At the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, leaders from the world of business, government and academia were charged with finding ways to strengthen cooperation in an increasingly fractured world. Headline growth at the time may have been healthier than at any point since the Great Recession, but it masked deep divisions, both within societies and across borders.

South Africa, under new leadership and buoyed by the beginnings of an economic upturn, stood out as a beacon of optimism. Its…

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John Moavenzadeh, Head of Mobility Industries and System Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC

Nikolaus Lang, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Few technologies have generated more excitement than autonomous vehicles (AVs), and with good reason. AVs will not only change how people get around cities, they will change cities themselves.

However, AVs are not a panacea. Cities around the world should anticipate both positive and negative outcomes from our autonomous mobility future, then actively explore policies and incentives to move us toward positive outcomes.

To understand the impact of AVs on the…

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Rigas Hadzilacos, Project Lead, Future of Education, Gender and Work, GLF, World Economic Forum Geneva

After a number of years of economic crisis, can we now be optimistic about the progress of global economies? What are the reforms that should be implemented? What are the implications of the backlash against globalization for the global economy? What would a fractured global economy mean for financial globalization? With the coming of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, do you see new opportunities or tools that can help keep the global economy together?

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Aditi Verghese, Policy Analyst, Investment and Global Value Chains, World Economic Forum

Sean Doherty, Head of International Trade and Investment System Initiave, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva

The Trump Administration’s announcement in February of new steel and aluminium tariffs on national security grounds, including on imports from allies like the EU, have set the stage for escalating trade tensions. The EU recently imposed retaliatory tariffs on products ranging from bourbon whiskey to motorcycles. The US President hit back with a tweet threatening a 20% import tariff on autos and auto parts, telling manufacturers: “Build them here!”

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