January 26th, 2012
04:52 AM GMT
(CNN) - The line-up of some of the biggest names in politics and business continues on day two of the World Economic Forum, but it’s not exclusively about the rich and powerful: the worlds of art and sport get a look in as well.
The second day of the relentless Davos schedule launches with one of the world’s wealthiest men and best-known philanthropists, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, taking part in a discussion on food security. In the evening, he will return to moderate a conversation with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on the role of the G20 in tackling the global economic crisis.
Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will form part of a panel on the way technological advances are driving economic growth and employment, and World Bank president Robert Zoellick will feature in a session on how development can continue without destroying the ocean. Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, will take part in a discussion on China’s new role as world’s lender of last resort, and how the country can best deploy its massive current account surplus and private capital without triggering a backlash.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will chair a discussion on Africa’s future with the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and Alpha Condé, President of Guinea. Soon afterward, Brown’s successor David Cameron will give a special address to delegates before lunch.
Another impressive line-up of leaders will assemble in the afternoon, when Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Tapani Katainen, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt gather to discuss Europe’s future. Aspiring leaders will also take the floor, including Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the Arab League and Egyptian presidential candidate, who will address how leaders can make better decisions under pressure.
But the discussions aren’t purely focused on economics and matters of state. Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho will make a literary presentation, French filmmaker Luc Besson will speak on the power of film to inspire action, while his countryman, the street artist JR – best known for his vivid works in Brazilian favelas, Kenyan slums and other unlikely settings – will discuss how divided communities can be reconciled through art and sports.
The sporting theme is continued in a session on the forthcoming London Olympics, featuring Jacques Rogge, president of International Olympic Committee, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the Games’ organizing committee and a double gold medal-winning Olympian himself.
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