01/22/2015 05:53 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

Bassim Haidar: 'Get Out Of The Living Room' And Stop Judging Places Based On TV

Bassim Haidar, founder, chairman and CEO of Channel IT Group, said a key part of launching his business was actually going out and exploring new places -- something he thinks others could do more of in order to better understand places like Africa.

"Get out of the living room where you have a view of the world from a TV box, and go out there," Haidar told HuffPost Live at Davos. "It's very easy for us to judge countries and cultures and people without actually being there, because of what we hear all the time."

"Living in Nigeria has a very, very different culture to Ethiopia, or the other side," Haidar said. "The approach [when I started] was, let's go there... speak to the people, speak to the bankers, and try to understand what this market needs."

Haidar also spoke about how Boko Haram is "affecting certain parts" of his business, noting "there's a whole region that we can never go to anymore."

"What's happening is an outflow of people coming down, more south, causing more and more concentration with more infrastructure, that's also putting a lot of pressure on living standards... so yes it has an effect," he said.

"The region where Boko Haram is operating are extremely brutal areas," he said.

Watch more from Haidar above, and see more from the 2015 Davos Annual Meeting below:

01/24/2015 8:58 AM EST

McAfee On Evolution And Technology

"Evolution has wired us; we have social drives," McAfee said.

"Could there be a piece of technology that figures out an intelligent next question to ask somebody? Yeah," McAfee said.

01/24/2015 8:57 AM EST

'Making Workers Obsolete'

"For 200 years of industrial technology, we've been making workers obsolete," McAfee said.

McAfee said nobody knows if we're reaching the point where technological developments could lead to unemployment.

01/24/2015 8:56 AM EST

Andrew McAfee At Davos


Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management on HuffPost Live

01/24/2015 8:46 AM EST

Bruder On The Barriers Women Face

"We strive to have the majority of our graduates female," EFE's Ron Bruder said.

"I don't think there's an official barrier but there's a social and structural barrier in a lot of these countries toward women," Bruder added.

Bruder said his company creates local foundations, and those foundations tackle those issues on EFE's behalf.

01/24/2015 8:42 AM EST

EFE's McAuliffe And Bruder: Young People Need Jobs

EFE's president and CEO Jamie McAuliffe, along with founder and chair Ron Bruder, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday.

Bruder said it's vital to the global economy that youths have jobs.

McAuliffe said EFE starts with businesses.

"Where are the jobs?" he said.

01/24/2015 8:14 AM EST

'Every Woman Has The Opportunity To Be An Activist'

Catchafire Founder & CEO Rachael Chong joins HuffPost Live to share her thoughts on how to get more women to Davos.

01/24/2015 8:11 AM EST

'Doing Less, But Better'

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, said his book grew out of working with people who are really successful.

"Success can become a catalyst for failure," he said.

McKeown said leaders at Davos have experience with plateauing after achieving professional success. To avoid that, McKeown said, people must find a way to expand their contribution without doing more.

"The whole idea is about doing less, but better," he said.

01/24/2015 8:00 AM EST

Online Data Is Like Money

"In some sense, we're the next generation of banks," Smith said, noting you wouldn't put your data in a place you don't trust just like you wouldn't deposit your money at a bank you don't feel is stable.

01/24/2015 7:59 AM EST

Hacking Crime Difficulties

Smith said the most difficult part about investigating a hacking crime is identifying and finding a hacker.

"Our prisons are not full of hackers," Smith said, noting hackers are often in countries outside the U.S.

01/24/2015 7:57 AM EST

Brad Smith At Davos


Brad Smith at Davos