The Brightline Initiative led by Project Management Institute to Support The Economist Davos Panel


The Brightline™ Initiative, a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the gap between strategy design and delivery, along with Project Management Institute is hosting The Economist Events panel discussion entitled “Humans 2.0: Designing and Implementing a Future Proof Strategy.”

In line with Davos’ overarching theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” panelists will discuss how business leaders can harness the power of people to adapt and implement corporate strategies and grapple with the effects of disruptive technologies. This topic is of particular interest to PMI, the leading member of Brightline, given how this wave of disruption calls for organizations to rely on successful implementation of new strategies at unprecedented scope and speed to meet market demands.

“As a coalition committed to moving from idea to strategy implementation to results, we’re delighted to partner with The Economist Events to bring this discussion to the forefront,” said Brightline™ Initiative Executive Director Ricardo Vargas. “We’re excited by the prospect of helping organizations develop and deliver strategies for the future based on the ideas discussed at Davos.”

“We’re proud to present a platform for these industry leaders to share their expertise on implementing well-constructed strategic plans aimed at leveraging the power of ever-evolving technological advances,” said PMI’s Senior Vice President, Administration and Interim Executive, Joseph Cahill. "This panel is designed to provide critical insights on how leaders are articulating and implementing their strategy to address disruptive technologies.”

The panel will be introduced by PMI’s Senior Vice President, Administration and Interim Executive, Joseph Cahill and moderated by Patrick Foulis, Business Affairs Editor, The Economist. The confirmed panel speakers will bring their perspectives from a variety of backgrounds and industries. They include

  • Ann Cairns, vice chairman, Mastercard
  • Rainer Strack, senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Bernadette Wightman, president global resources, manufacturing & logistics, BT
  • Christophe Catoir, global executive committee member and CEO of France, The Adecco Group

As civilization, society and technology continue to advance, executives must learn to manage the influence of disruptive technologies. No organization can prepare for every possibility, but they can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise. While organizations may be able to articulate their strategy for dealing with disruptive technologies, it is essential that they are successful in executing against that strategy. To this end, the Brightline Initiative commits itself to developing a holistic knowledge and networking platform that helps organizations bridge the gap between strategy design and strategy delivery, and in so doing bring positive benefits to society.

Those not attending the panel on Tuesday, January 22nd can join via livestream on The Economist Events’ Facebook page or follow @EconomistEvents or @PMInstitute for live tweets using the hashtag #EconBusinessCase from 7:30-8:30am CET. 

About The Brightline™ Initiative

The Brightline™ Initiative is a coalition led by the Project Management Institute together with leading global organizations dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive and unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery. Learn more at

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