NTI and World Economic Forum Partner to Discuss Biological Risks Posed by Advances in Technology

On September 20, 2017, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) hosted a roundtable discussion on the current landscape of biological risks presented by technology advancement in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Held in New York, this senior-level dinner was co-chaired by NTI CEO Ernest J. Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Cheryl Martin, Head of Industries and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum. 

The event explored the current state of international biological risk and next steps to catalyze additional attention, education, and innovator-driven actions toward biological risk reduction. The discussion provided an opportunity to exchange views and begin charting next steps to address urgent risks.

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions. We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

About the Nuclear Threat Initiative

The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber. Founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner who continue to serve as co-chairman, NTI is guided by a prestigious, international board of directors. Ernest J. Moniz serves as chief executive officer and co-chairman; Des Browne is vice chairman; and Joan Rohlfing serves as president. 
September 21, 2017
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The roundtable was co-chaired by NTI CEO Ernest J. Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Cheryl Martin, Head of Industries and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum.