Ramayya Krishnan Joins Global Leaders at World Economic Forum Meeting

Sep 29, 2011

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Ramayya Krishnan, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, recently participated in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions. Held in Delian, People’s Republic of China, the annual meeting brings together more than 1,500 participants from 80 countries including CEOs, member companies and up-and-coming leaders from business, politics, science and technology.

Part of a CMU delegation to Delian, Krishnan participated in a session called From the Frontier: Information Technology, which featured an expert panel that examined how information technology is giving new power to individuals across the globe. In addition to the IT panel, he was also part of an Ideaslab, a round-table exploring disruptive health technologies such as human/computer interaction, data analytics, computational biology and medical robotics.

“Participating in the WEF’s Meeting of New Champions was a wonderful opportunity to showcase Heinz College on a prominent global stage,” says Krishnan, who is also the William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Heinz College. “An event of this magnitude highlights how and why the things we do here at Heinz College make a tangible difference in the world.”

While Krishnan’s participation will help enhance Heinz College’s visibility, he also took away some key concepts that he says will inform his leadership moving forward. Krishnan feels the themes running throughout the event (democratization of technology, disruptive technologies and the proliferation of mobile devices in remote areas) align closely with Heinz College’s mission of educating men and women of intelligent action, and affirm the relevance of the research completed at the college.

“This event also underscored for me the importance of giving students enhanced opportunities and access to leadership,” says Krishnan. “We’re working to bring some of leaders we connected with through the WEF event to our campuses to interface directly with students.”

But perhaps most of all, Krishnan was energized by the positive outlook displayed by participants around the immense global problems they were confronting.

“The energy and positivity were amazing, and my experience in Delian reinforced what I already knew: The kind of people we educate here at Heinz College are the kind of people who will solve these pressing global problems,” he says.


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