Denise Burnet spent 41 years with the World Economic Forum in Geneva. She has been member of the Executive Committee since 2015, and also the Director for Global Events. As of this position, Denise has been in charge of organizing and coordinating global meetings and roundtable discussions at the highest governmental and industrial levels. This includes the first Geneva Meeting of the World Economic Forum and subsequent meetings in France, Turkey, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil; she was in charge of, inter alia, the first regional summit in Hong Kong (1991) with more than 1000 participants over 3 days, the first Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Asia, South Africa and other African countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe) and the Annual Meetings in Davos – the key and the major event of the World Economic Forum.
Denise developed trusted and personal relationships with government representatives and international institutions (IMF, ECB, OECD) and top CEOs, more particularly within the Middle East (Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel) and France, having been part of the negotiation and signing of numerous Memoranda of Understanding with numerous governments. Denise is the Founder & CEO of DB3 Connect government affairs consultancy.
She received the insignia of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, by President Nicolas Sarkozy.