January 25th, 2013
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(CNN) – The role of women in economic decision-making, religious tolerance in the 21st Century and the future of the eurozone stand out as a few of the must-watch panels Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

While thousands of global economic, political and civil leaders have paid tens of thousands of dollars to personally attend this year’s summit, you can watch many sessions online and on-demand – without breaking the bank.

Friday’s highlights include the following:

1. “The Economic Malaise and Its Perils”

As the global economy continues its slow crawl back to health, this session looks at the impacts it has left in its wake including high unemployment, loss of wealth and political instability.
Featured speakers include Director-General of the International Labor Organization Guy Ryder, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Li Daokui, director of the Center for China in the World Economy.

2. “Women in Economic Decision-making”

With women still greatly under-represented at the highest levels of global economic decision-making, this panel looks at ways to encourage more females to pursue degrees in business and economic-related fields and how to overcome mid-career development hurdles.

Featured speakers include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

3. “Open Forum: Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?”

While religions are the oldest institutions in the world, they are the slowest to respond to modern issues such as drugs, homosexuality and family relationships. This session questions whether the world is becoming more or less religious, asks if religion teaches tolerance and delves into the balance of freedoms of speech and religion.

Speakers include Chief Rabbi of the Conference of European Rabbis (Russia) Pinchas Goldschmidt, U.K. National Office for Vocation Director Christopher Jamison, U.S. Catholic Health Association President Carol Keehan and Jakarta Globe Group Chief Editor Shoeb Kagda.

4. “Emerging Economies at a Crossroads”

Leaders from some of the world’s top companies and emerging market economies come together to discuss how growth can be reignited despite chronic global economic turmoil over the past five years stemming from the U.S. financial crisis, Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and China’s slower-growing economy.
Featured speakers include Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn, Coca-Cola Chairman Muhtar Kent, Brazilian Central Bank Governor Alexandre Tombini and People’s Bank of China Deputy Governer Yi Gang; moderated by CNN’s John Defterios, anchor for Global Exchange.

5. “Open Forum: Eurozone – Solidarity or Domination?”

In this final session of the day, European finance and foreign leaders discuss the future of the Eurozone and whether the future heralds more stable cooperation or the disintegration of a dream.

Speakers include OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Italian Economy and Finance Minister Vittori Grilli, German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle and Spanish Minister of Economic Affairs Luis de Guindos Jurado.

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  1. Paul Johnston, PhD Economics

    EU is a FRAUD ! - Did you know that while they are pushing austerity the IMF and EU Commission are living the "high life", spending millions of Euros on lavish parties, plus sleeping in $5,000 a night hotel room suites for their members, and $100,000 a night dinner parties for themselves, plus free 1st Class air travel anywhere in the world, all while paying absolutely NO TAXES themselves! ... It is simply OUTRAGEOUS the blind Greed that is going on in Brussels!!!

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    January 29, 2013 at 7:56 am |
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