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Professor James Cooper Leads Digital Davos 2021 Discussions

Professor James Cooper

California Western Professor James Cooper, Associate Dean, Experiential Learning recently led panels for Digital Davos, a global thought leadership group that traditionally meets annually by invitation on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

This year, as a result of the pandemic, Digital Davos was held virtually on January 18, 19, and 20, 2021. It brought together a diverse range of top technologists, data scientists, cryptographers, regulators, investors, entertainers, financial institution leaders, Artificial Intelligence and blockchain enthusiasts, and journalists for a robust series of interactive panels and speakers.

Associate Dean Cooper, a regular Digital Davos contributor, moderated three panels across the program.

“It was great to be back at Digital Davos for another year,” he said, “albeit virtually this time around. Every year the discussions get better and the work to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems gets a boost.”

The first panel, on January 18, discussed investment success stories of 2020. This was followed by a discussion on countries adopting sovereign-backed digital currencies during a second panel on January 19.

On January 20, to close out the series, Associate Dean Cooper moderated the “Ethics and Technology in Developing Countries” panel with Professors José Pontes and Karin Klempp of FACAMP, Brazil, Dr. Abadir Ibrahim, Head of Ethiopia’s Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council, Dr. Toby Bailey of Borg and ICG Capital, Dr. Richard Weinstein of Eyestart Canada, and Mike Blair-Cohen of Canada. The panel took part in a spirited discussion about technology transfer, sustainable development, and corporate governance.

Despite being forced online, Digital Davos 2021 was as powerful and influential as ever, said Associate Dean Cooper.

“We had to pivot to an online platform for this set of talks just as the world had to for much of life in 2020. However, thanks to a great line-up of contributors, Digital Davos continues to be a truly high-quality, content-driven and sought-after event.”