Professor Nicholas Davis

Managing Director, SWIFT Partners

Nicholas Davis is a Professor of Practice in Innovation at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and the Managing Partner at SWIFT Partners, a consultancy focused on helping companies harness emerging technologies to create sustainable value. Through practice-based research and consulting, Nick leads innovation, technology and foresight projects with Salesforce, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Canadian Government and many others.


From 2015 to 2019, Nick was Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. He led the Forum’s thought-leadership on the concept of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, was responsible for teams across the information technology, telecoms and media industries and oversaw civil society engagement. With Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he is the co-author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, published in January 2018.

Originally from Sydney, and previously a commercial lawyer, Director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He is currently a Visiting Professor at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and sits on the board of the IMPROVE European Innovation Management Academy. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

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