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“The biggest global threat that the world is facing right now is failing to find a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19” 


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2020 is being a challenging year so far from the economic, geopolitical, and health perspectives. In this episode of the IT Research Finder podcast, Emilio Granados Franco, Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda at the World Economic Forum, speaks with our analyst Elena Díaz, to discuss current global challenges including the coronavirus pandemic. Emilio Granados Franco is behind the reports ‘Global Risks Report 2020’ and 'COVID-19 Risks Outlook’ which can be found on the World Economic Forum website and IT Research Finder. 

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00:44 – The 'Global Risks Report 2020’ was published in January this year. The study takes a look at the vulnerabilities of health systems – which have been obvious with the coronavirus crisis. What evidence did you have to reach that conclusion?

06:13 – Climate change is among the global risks analyzed in the report. The study explains that as well as risks the next decade brings a huge opportunity. Could you talk us through this positive side concerning climate change?

10:43 – This research also examines the consequences of digital fragmentation. Could you give us an overview of these?

14:59 – The World Economic Forum has just published the 'COVID-19 Risks Outlook’. The paper takes a look at the emerging risks of abrupt technology adoption. What are these risks?

18:58 – Has the coronavirus crisis amplified some of the existing risks and what's the biggest threat at present? 


Emilio Granados Franco is Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda at the World Economic Forum. He is the lead author of the Forum's annual Global Risks Report, which every year is launched one week before the Forum's Annual Meeting. Emilio has over 10 years of experience in international economics, political strategy, risk analysis and foresight, and has worked with all types of public and private institutions across the world.  Prior to joining the Forum, Emilio served as Director General of Economic Affairs (Chief Economist) of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a BA in Economics from the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.