World Economic Forum

Date and time


Davos, Switzerland

Highlighted Speakers

Speaker: Denelle Dixon, SDF team


The world today is at a critical inflection point. The sheer number of ongoing crises calls for bold collective action. The Annual Meeting will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead. It will provide a platform to engage in constructive, forward-looking dialogues and help find solutions through public-private cooperation.

Denelle Dixon will join conversations on digital asset strategy and regulatory best practices as well as a session about disruption in the humanitarian sector. SDF will send a delegation to engage with stakeholders to advance discussions on how we pioneer the future of aid, payments, and finance.

See below for where to find us throughout the week.


Mon, Jan 16, 7:00 - 9:30 PM CET

Session Title: 100 Women @ Davos Welcome Dinner

Session Description: The Stellar Development Foundation is an exclusive partner for 100 Women @ Davos’ Welcome Dinner. Denelle Dixon will give a keynote address.


Tue, Jan 17, 9:30 - 11:00 AM CET

Session Title: Digital Currency Regulatory Best Practices (Organized by WEF)

Session Description: The regulatory landscape for cryptocurrency is fragmented and lacks coordination among jurisdictions, creating uncertainty, increased compliance burden and jurisdictional arbitrage for participants in the ecosystem. Do cryptocurrency regulations need a global approach? What are the barriers/challenges to such an approach? This dialogue brings together a set of diverse stakeholders globally to discuss the best practices and regulatory frameworks for efficiency gains and net benefit to the digital currency sector.


  • Catherine Mulligan, European Research Area Chair, Blockchain, Professor of Computer Science, University of Lisbon (Moderator)
  • Michael Gronager, Chief Executive Officer, Chainalysis, USA
  • Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI, United Kingdom
  • Amir Yaron, Governor of the Central Bank of Israel
  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation

Location: Kurpark, Rigi


Tue, Jan 17, 12:00 - 12:30 PM CET

Session Title: Humanitarian Aid & Reconstruction Through Digital Currency

Session Description: Global crises – the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, historic numbers of displaced persons – has shown more starkly than ever the strain on humanitarian systems. And the demands for humanitarian aid are growing. How can innovation help us be prepared for the next crisis? And be ready to rebuild after the ones we’re living through today? Join this panel of innovators representing aid and technology sectors to learn how they are trying to answer those questions with new solutions.


  • Michael Casey (Moderator)
  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Carmen Hett, Treasurer, UNHCR

Location: The Filecoin Sanctuary, Davos

Link to register: https://events.fil.org/davos/home


Tue, Jan 17, 3:30-4:45 PM CET

Session Title: “Meet the Humanitarian Disruptors” (Organized by WEF)

Session Description: Given the complexity of today’s crises, humanitarian aid is insufficient to meet the growing needs of a rapidly changing world. What innovative work are new actors – “disruptors’ in the humanitarian field – doing to benefit communities?


  • Heba Aly, CEO, The New Humanitarian (Moderator)
  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Michael Faye, Co-Founder, GiveDirectly
  • Jose Andres, ThinkFoodGroup


  • Achim Stneiner, UNDP
  • Natalia Kanem, UNFPA
  • David Beasley, WFP

Location: WEF Congress Center


Tue, Jan 17, 5:00-6:30 PM CET

Session Title: Stellar & Coindesk Happy Hour

Location: Studio Chalet at the Filecoin Sanctuary, Davos

Link to register: https://events.fil.org/davos/page/2507102/coindesk-stellar-reception


Wed, Jan 18, 1:30 - 2:30 PM CET

Session Title: Breaking Barriers with Blockchain: How do we drive responsible and sustainable innovation? A discussion co-hosted by SDF and PwC (Organized by SDF/PwC)

Session description: Please join the Stellar Development Foundation and PwC for an interactive discussion on the commercial benefits and challenges of blockchain technology, addressing misconceptions around environmental, social, and governance implications. This roundtable will bring together leaders who are leveraging or considering blockchain to solve the world's challenges and address the 2030 SDGs - from opening up financial access to disrupting the way humanitarian aid is delivered.


  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Julien Courbe, Chief Client Officer and Global Advisory Managing Partner, PwC

Location: UN SDG Tent, Promenade 139 Davos

Link to register: https://sdgtent.com/events/breaking-barriers-with-blockchain-how-do-we-drive-responsible-and-sustainable-innovation/


Wed, Jan 18, 5:00 - 7:00 PM CET

Session Title: Crypto’s Last-Mile Solution, A Discussion and Happy Hour with Circle, Stellar Development Foundation, and UNHCR

Session Description: The last-mile problem isn’t confined to telecommunications. It’s a major challenge in the delivery of humanitarian aid. Hear from industry and NGO leaders about how payment stablecoins and corruption-resistant blockchain networks are helping to provide relief to refugees and other populations under duress.


  • Teana Baker-Taylor, Circle (Moderator)
  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Carmen Hett, Treasurer, UNHCR

Location: Promenade 81, 7270 Davos

Link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLDTZYvbcziLJGW4rUhSi0WV-IMokmxV9IPyqfQvS4SKwyVw/viewform


Thu, Jan 19, 1:30 - 4:00 PM CET

Session Title: Blockchain for Good

Session Description: Switzerland embodies two globally respected strengths: Its commitment to peace and humanity, and its adherence to and further development of international humanitarian law. As a country scarce in raw materials, Switzerland has always relied on technological innovation. The Internet protocol World Wide Web, for example, was created at CERN, and Crypto Valley has established itself as one of the world's leading blockchain hubs.

This event features a high-profile lineup and addresses the above-mentioned Swiss traditions - with a focus on the potential of blockchain technology to make the world a better place. Using specific examples, we want to showcase how blockchain technology can help improve living conditions: in the reconstruction of the destroyed infrastructure in Ukraine, providing humanitarian aid and fundraising opportunities by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and in giving access for the three billion people who have no access to the traditional financial system, the so-called "unbanked". At the same time, the challenges will be discussed alongside the opportunities: How will the population take up the new, decentralized technology? What about trust, identity and the protection of privacy?


  • Carmen Hett, Treasurer, UNHCR
  • Tori Samples, Senior Product Manager, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Oleg Polovynko, Chief Information Officer, Kyiv City Council
  • Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director, European Business Association, Ukraine
  • Sameer Chauhan, Director, UNICC
  • Frederik Gregaard, CEO, Cardano Foundation
  • Marcin Piatkowski, Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Benedikt Wechsler, Ambassador, State Secretariat
  • Mathias Ruch, Co-Founder and CEO, CV VC
  • Dr. Mihalea Ulieru, Founder and President, IMPACT, Institute for Digital Economy
  • Shogo Ishida, Co-CEO, EMURGO Middle East & Africa
  • Allison Fromm, Chief Commercial Officer, ProofSpace

Location: House of Switzerland, Davos

Link to register: https://www.homeofblockchain.swiss/event-registration


Thu, Jan 19, 6:00 - 7:00 PM CET

Session Title: A World Economic Forum affiliate session: How tech can enable stakeholder capitalism

Session Description: Shifting towards stakeholder capitalism requires a fundamental rewiring of the way companies, and the economy work. There is a lot of focus on corporate governance as a lever for change, but there is another tool that can accelerate transformation: technology. In a world where companies are bound to each other, governments and civil society as part of ecosystems; technology can enable collaboration as well as competition. By opening up data, technology can enable scrutiny and radical transparency. In a world of political ebbs and flows, open platforms can replace the need for central planning with embedded collaboration.

In this season we will bring this to life with a focus on areas where this already happening and explore:

  • Where can technological innovation best contribute to the systemic change needed to embed stakeholder capitalism?
  • What are the risks and how can they be managed?
  • What are the specific areas that are furthest ahead?


  • Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC (Moderator)
  • Candace Kelly, Chief Legal Officer, Stellar Development Foundation
  • Richard Oldfield, Global Clients and Markets Leader, PwC
  • Shyam Sankar, Chief Operating Officer, Palantir Technologies

Location: WEF Ice Village, Dome C and streamed virtually

Link to watch: www.pwc.com/davos


More events to be added as they are confirmed.