What time is Davos: Key speech schedule

But what time is Davos taking place? And what is the schedule of key speeches? Here’s what you need to know.

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting runs this week from January 23 to 26.

The four-day high-profile summit boasts a who’s who list of the world’s rich and powerful with 2,500 attendees confirmed for 2018.

The World Economic Forum, established in 1971, is a non-for-profit foundation that brings together key stakeholders with the aim of “improving the state of the world”.

World leaders will mingle with business elites and activists from non-governmental organisations and charities.

Organisers say a record number of G7 economy leaders will be attending including Theresa May, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Davos 2018 gets underway officially at 8.30am GMT on January 23 when the seven female co-chairs, including the Prime Minister of Norway and IBM’s CEO, will make introductions.

This will be followed by an opening address by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at 10.15am GMT.

Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, who has been honoured with a WEF award, will follow at 1pm GMT with a speech about building a world of solidarity.

Other day one speeches will focus on ending sexual harassment and how to empower women – the latter delivered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Davos 2018 is focused around the theme, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

Even if you can’t afford the £22,000 ticket price, you can still see what’s going on.

Around 120 session will be live streamed while event organisers will be live-blogging and sharing updates on social media.

Each day a number of special addresses or key speeches will be made by global leaders.

On Wednesday morning at 9.25am GMT, Michel Temer, the President of Brazil will update participants on the progress of Latin America’s biggest economy.

Later that day at 1.20pm GMT, Angela Merkel will speak on the future of Europe.

Also speaking will be French President Emmanuel Macron at 4.30pm GMT who is expected to “propose his international vision for the world of tomorrow”.

Thursday’s highlights include a talk from Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai who survived being shot by the Taliban.

Her address is first on the agenda at 8am GMT.

Then it will be all eyes on at 1pm who will be leading a discussion on the UK and Brexit.

And finally with perhaps the most anticipated speech will be who will finish up the conference with a special address on Friday at 1pm GMT.