The World Economic Forum's annual meeting begins in Davos on Wednesday with 2,600 politicians, bankers, tycoons and celebrities competing to get their latest sound bites heard.
The prime ministers of Italy and Russia, Mario Monti and Dmitry Medvedev, will have to follow the glamour of Hollywood's Charlize Theron as the star turns on day one, with the politicians respectively talking about "leading against the odds" and the Russian economy. The boss of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, also gets a run-out.
Thursday will see the obligatory appearance of Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, while the "special address" from German chancellor Angel Merkel will be followed by "an insight, an idea with George Osborne". The evening's entertainment will be kicked off by David Cameron, discussing global development with billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.
The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, will hold forth on what is wrong with social networking on Friday, while delegates who had been looking forward to a talk on "enterprise resilience" by Tom Albanese, who was ousted as boss of mining group Rio Tinto last week, will be disappointed that the session has mysteriously vanished from the Davos website.
Other attendees include Marks & Spencer's embattled chief executive Marc Bolland, incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney, a professor from Columbia University who describes himself in the list of attendees as a trombonist, plus one delegate called the Duke of York, who does not list his job or country.
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