Over 1,700 participants from 90 countries attended the 9th World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, from 9 to 11 September. This year, the meeting took place against a backdrop of revolutionary technological change and economic volatility by the world’s top leaders and intellectuals in the areas of business, politics, innovation, technology, academics, media arts and culture, amongst others.

Executive Chairman of the QI Group, Vijay Eswaran, representing his diverse businesses, addressed a focused group of individuals from WEF’s Global Growth Community; consisting of 132 of the world’s most dynamic and high-growth companies in a private session. In the open discourse, he discussed the sharing and transferring of knowledge in the field of expansion and scaling and the challenges faced in seeking balanced solution.

“Innovations are crucial to our global future. If they are harnessed properly, they can help return the world to sustainable, productive growth and mitigate risks. However, they also require us to think in new ways, such as how to measure the sharing economy or how to mitigate the negative effects of automation.” These were amongst the sentiments he shared at this global platform in line with the larger discussion.

At the Advisory Board Meeting of the Global Growth Companies, Vijay Eswaran quoted in his opening statement that “Change always starts with thought leaders at a high level discourse and this forum is designed for lucrative change.” Companies that meet at this platform are nominated on the strength of their potential to become global economic leaders and drawn from a broad spectrum of sectors, ensuring that the change they speak of is within their respective scope of influence and action.

Some of the other highlights of the week include his meeting with Li Keqiang, the current Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Chief Minister of Telangana, India, Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group and Nathan Blecharczyk, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Airbnb, USA.

Of particular significance was a post-forum invitation to a panel discussion hosted by Yoshito Hori, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Globis Capital Partners, the GI Global Conference in Tokyo. At this unique platform Vijay Eswaran alongside his peers collectively discussed the implications of current global and regional trends for the future role of Japan and examined regional key players against the rising global economic risks and geopolitical tensions. The panel discussion was documented by CNN.