Maana CEO and Founder Featured at World Economic Forum 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Champions

Babur Ozden Will Join Three Panel Sessions at the Foremost Global Gathering on Science, Technology and Innovation

Palo Alto, Calif., June 27, 2017 – Maana, the pioneer of digital knowledge technology, today announced that its founder and CEO Babur Ozden will be attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Champions held by the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week in Dalian, China. The Annual Meeting of the New Champions convenes the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals, government, media, academia and civil society.

Ozden will join academics, policy makers and other tech industry business leaders to address issues ranging from how to shape the economic impact of digital technologies on the 4th industrial revolution to topics addressing today’s intertwined global challenges – economic, political, societal and environmental.  Maana was recently recognized as a WEF 2017 Technology Pioneer for its innovative Knowledge Platform that empowers industrial companies to gain greater efficiencies and output while reducing environmental risks and improving the health and safety of their workforce.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place June 27-29, with key sessions and presentations broadcast live on the WEF website.  Mr. Ozden will be participating in the following three panel discussions:


Digital Economy Research Agenda II
WHAT: The Forum project “A research agenda for the digital economy” is developing and implementing a research agenda with a precise set of research and data-gathering priorities on the impact of digital and emerging technologies on economic outcomes. A first step towards building this research agenda is the identification of key questions and current gaps. This session will progress this work program by inviting feedback and inputs from the community.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 10:30-12:00 a.m. China Standard Time (CST)

WHERE: Dalian, Hilton/Conrad Hotels, Lucerne Room


Solving the Productivity Puzzle
WHAT: Productivity growth has been slack in many economies since the global financial crisis. How can emerging technologies and innovation help boost productivity growth and living standards over the long term?

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m. CST

WHERE: Dalian International Conference Center, Arena


Shaping the Future of Smart Production
WHAT: Top leaders are under increasing pressure to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in production value chains, which entails identifying and selecting the best solutions set to align with business goals. In an ever-accelerating world of smart production technology, how do business and government leaders shape an Industry 4.0 strategy and take action to implement change in their businesses?

WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m. CST

Thursday 29 June 08:30 – 10:30

WHERE: Dalian, Hilton/Conrad Hotels, Lucerne Room


About Maana:

Maana organizes the world’s industrial data and human expertise into digital knowledge to enable millions of experts to make better decisions affecting the global economy and human civilization.  Using our Knowledge Platform™ and its proprietary Computational Knowledge Graph™, Fortune Global 500 industrial companies drive answers to operational questions that direct the future. Operating internationally, Maana is a privately-held company with offices in Menlo Park, California; Bellevue, Washington; Houston, Texas; London, UK; and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


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