As Davos 2023 comes to an end, many of the invited Australian attendees were on-hand for the event — including a couple of unexpected guests.

Last week, we highlighted the Australian names that were tipped to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos event this year.

After four days of numerous conferences and speaking seminars, TOTT News has compiled media of these individuals in attendance, including Australia’s top scientists, politicians, climate activists and more.

‘Elitist: Someone who supports the view that a society or system should be led by an elite.’

— Genevieve Bell —
‘Distinguished Australian Professor’

Genevieve Bell is a Distinguished Professor of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, specialising in the field of AI. In 2021, she became Director of the new ANU School of Cybernetics. 

Bell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to education, particularly to the ‘social sciences’ and ‘cultural anthropology’.

— Julie Bishop —
Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chancellor of Australian National University.

Julie Bishop served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018 and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018. She now is the Chancellor of Australian National University.

One of the key attendees of the event, Julie spoke at a panel on political co-operation and other issues.

— Mike Henry —

Mike Henry, Chief Executive Officer of BHP, spoke during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos.

Henry told a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday (AEDT) that miners had to squeeze significantly more out of existing mines, in addition to boosting new supply.

— Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest —
Australia’s Second-Richest Person

Andrew Forrest is the Executive Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and Australia’s second-richest person, with an assessed net worth of A$27.25 billion.

Below he can be seen standing with a TES car powered by green hydrogen:

Fortescue Future Industries has a stake in TES.

Later on, he would partake in a panel on the future of renewable energies.

— Elizabeth Gaines —
Fortescue Metals

Elizabeth Gaines is an Australian businessperson who serves as CEO of iron ore company, Fortescue Metals Group. She is the company’s first female CEO.

— Jade Hameister —
‘The Greta Thunberg of Australia’

Jade is a 20 year old student from Melbourne, Australia.  

In January 2018, Jade became the youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the first Australian woman to do so, among the first women to set a new route to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the youngest to both Poles and the youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Jade is ‘passionate about shifting the focus for young people from how they appear to the possibilities of what they can do’ and also about raising awareness about the ‘impact of climate change on the Earth’s beautiful and fragile polar regions’.

As part of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Jade was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Polar Exploration.

— Julie Inman Grant —
Federal eSafety Commissioner.

Julie Inman Grant (pictured right) is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner.

The Commissioner was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald.  

Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to ‘keeping its citizens safer online’.

In 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.  

— Kevin Rudd —
Former Australian Prime Minister

One unexpected (but totally not surprising) guest at the event was the man himself, Kevin 07′.

Someone who has remained very vocal in international affairs since leaving Australian politics, Kevin was seen on a panel entitled ‘China’s Next Chapter’. Also not suprising.

Kevin optimistically highlighted China’s role in the world over the next century.

— Dr. Cathy Foley —
‘Australia’s Chief Scientist’

Another unexpected guest was Dr. Cathy Foley.

Dr, Foley became Australia’s ninth ‘Chief Scientist’ in January 2021 after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

Dr Foley’s previous roles include membership of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal, and a council member for Questacon.

— Brett Solomon —
Digital Rights Advocate, Access Now

Brett Solomon is the Executive Director and co-founder of Access Now, where he leads the organisation’s f’ight to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world’. 

Before Access Now, Brett honed his skills at a range of human rights and civil society organizations including Avaaz, GetUp, Oxfam Australia, and Amnesty International Australia.

— Peter Holmes à Court —
Australian Financial Review.

The Australian Financial Review is the top publication for many of the richest people in Australia, and one of their top journalists is there to cover the event and report back to readers.

We are already seeing the propaganda being pushed by him that Davos could be an “inspiration trend setter”, which he argues in this piece below:

— Mathias Cormann —
Former Australian Minister for Finance (2013-2020)

A familiar face to anyone in Australia, instrumental in the Morrison government.

Cormann retired from politics in October 2020 in order to be nominated by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Australia’s candidate for Secretary-General of the OECD.

— Timothy Ayres —
NSW Assistant Minister for Trade

Tim Ayes, the New South Wales Minister for Trade, didn’t speak at the event. He couldn’t help sharing his activities on social media, however. Meeting with other Chinese and U.S. politicians.

I wonder who paid for his all-expenses trip? (taxpayers).

No sign of Naomi Flutter from Wesfarmers or Michael Schneider from Bunnings. They both don’t have a social media presence to see if they were on the sidelines (not speaking).

Caroline Cox from BHP and Brian Schmidt from Australian National University likely didn’t attend as their organisations were already represented by their bosses.

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