The World Economic Forum has kicked off its 48th annual meeting in the alpine resort of Davos. 

Thousands of business leaders and policymakers are attending.

For the first time in its history, seven women will co-chair the meeting, including IMF director Christine Lagarde, IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. 

Among the speakers is Irish writer and advocate, Sinéad Burke.

The 27-year-old is addressing issues of inclusion, design and education.