Johnson’s Dean Designate Brings Expertise on Technology and Competitiveness to Davos


Soumitra Dutta serves as panelist, moderator, and interviewer at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Johnson’s Dean Designate Brings Expertise on Technology and Competitiveness to Davos

Johnson’s Dean Designate, Soumitra Dutta, plays a significant role this week at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Dutta, who is currently The Roland Berger Chaired Professor in Business and Technology at INSEAD, France, will serve as an interviewer, panel moderator, and panelist on several topics. Dutta is a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-time participants in the Annual Davos meeting and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

On Wednesday, January 25, Dutta will serve as one of five panelists in a session titled “The Social Media Context,” and moderated by Henry Blodget, chief executive officer and editor in chief of Business Insider. Dutta, an expert on social media and founder of INSEAD’s eLab, will explore the platforms, applications, and behaviors that are driving growth and evolution social networks. Key discussion points will include innovations with staying power; current and future trends that matter; and shifting views on privacy.

At noon on January 25, Dutta will moderate a CEO panel discussion and lunch with more than 150 business leaders participating. This discussion aims to present food for thought for leaders focused on spearheading enterprises geared to survive and to thrive in a volatile future. Participating CEOS include Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO; John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco; SD Shibulal, CEO, Infosys; and Jim Turley, chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young.

On Thursday, January 26, Dutta switches roles with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown, when the latter chairs a lunch panel discussion titled, “Design and Innovation: Enablers of India’s Urban Future.” Dutta, a native of India, brings his expertise on innovation and technology to this discussion. He is co-editor of the Global Information Technology Report, (co-published with the World Economic Forum), the leading report on technology and competitiveness.

 Dutta closes his work at Davos on Saturday, January 28, when he interviews open innovation authority Henry Chesbrough in a one-on-one session designed for thought leaders to provide their personal insights on a global issue that is high on the Davos agenda. The 30-minute session is titled, “An Insight, An Idea with Henry Chesbrough.”

 Soumitra Dutta will join the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management as its 11th dean on July 1, 2012. For more information on the dean designate, including his biography, curriculum vita, and research and speaking highlights, are available on the Johnson Web site.