Klaus Schwab

Klaus Schwab



Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The World Economic Forum today is the foremost global multistakeholder organisation, employing more than 600 people in Geneva, New York, Beijing and Tokyo.


Co-Founder, together with his wife Hilde, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.


Founder, Forum of the Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) is a multistakeholder community (30 to 40 years old) of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year, the World Economic Forum identifies 100 extraordinary individuals worldwide to join the YGL community for five years. Today, they form a powerful international community of over 1,000 young leaders having a significant impact on our global future.


Founder, Global Shapers Community

The Global Shapers Community is a global network of local communities (“hubs”) of young people (20 to 30 years old) who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities. Hubs are based in each major city around the world. There are currently over 450 hubs established globally. The community is vitalized by the manifold interactions generated within each hub, between hubs and on a global level.


  • 1957 - Graduated from the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Ravensburg, Germany
  • 1962 - Dipl. Ing., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1963 - Lic.ès.sc.écon. et soc. (summa cum laude) University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1966 - Doctorate in Engineering (Dr. Sc. Tech.), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1967 - Doctorate in Economics (Dr.rer.pol.), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1967 - Master of Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA

Early Career

  • 1958-1962 - Experience on the shop floor of several companies
  • 1963-1966 - Assistant to the Director-General of the German Machine-building Association (VDMA), Frankfurt
  • 1967-1970 - Member, Managing Board, Sulzer Escher Wyss AG, Zurich, a manufacturing company with activities in several countries and over 10,000 employees
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