World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation whose mission is to improve the state of the world. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

The Forums activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.


Social Mobility and Stronger Private Sector Role are Keys to Growth in the Arab World

Georg Schmitt, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 79 571 8287; E-mail: georg.schmitt@weforum.org · Over the past decade, governments in the Arab World have led investments in infrastructure and connectivity, turning some of their countries into global leaders in technology adoption · Arab Economies urgently need to diversify and foster entrepreneurial freedom […]


New Programme Aims to Improve Infrastructure Procurement Capacity in Africa

Yann Zopf, Public Engagement, Mobile: +41 79 204 1610; Email: yzo@weforum.org · Programme will respond to the urgent need for infrastructure investment and reform in Africa · Six-month capability-building programme will give participants a robust understanding of procurement, governance and the role of the private sector in infrastructure projects · […]


Japan to Take Lead in Fourth Industrial Revolution, Opens Emerging Technology Policy Centre in Tokyo…

Amanda Russo, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum: Tel.: +1 415 734 0589; Amanda.Russo@weforum.org · The World Economic Forum, in partnership with METI and API, opened the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan to create new technology policies that benefit all · Founding centre partners from Hitachi, Horiba, Mitsubishi […]


Financial Institutions Pressed to Support Businesses Tackling Deforestation as Governments Worldwide…

Max Hall, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)79 329 3500; Email: mhal@weforum.org · Banks, lenders and investors in a $941 billion industry risk exposure from commodities linked to illegal or unsustainable deforestation – a major cause of climate change · New report urges financial institutions to support efforts to remove deforestation […]


World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions to Focus on Role of Science and Technology…

Muzi Li, Public Engagement, Tel.: +86 10 65999523; muli@weforum.org · World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018 will focus on the impact of science and technology on shaping economies, societies and geopolitical structures of the future · Meeting comes at an important juncture for global relations, as […]


Drones for Humanity: Forum Initiative Aims Unlock Societal Benefits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

USA: Amanda Russo, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum: +1 415 734 0589; Amanda.Russo@weforum.orgSwitzerland: Micol Lucchi, Public Affairs, World Economic Forum: +41 795 718 309; Micol.Lucchi@weforum.org · The World Economic Forum’s new Drone Innovators Network will see aviation authorities sharing research and best practices, and collaborating on innovative new policies […]


Forum in the News – June 19

Asia’s tech sector has a ‘missing women’ problem. Here’s what the industry can do to help them – South China Morning Post According to the World Economic Forum, women comprised only 25 per cent of people working in computing in 2015. In Asia it was just 5 per cent. Collaboration […]


Forum in the News – June 18

Digital reformation: A struggle far from finished – The Jakarta Post Companies in Indonesia are joining the race to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the country is a major regional market. The analysis quotes President Joko Widodo at the World Economic Forum: “When we see challenges, I see […]


Forum in the News – June 15

Indonesia sneaks up on Singapore with flurry of port projects – Nikkei Asian Review President Widodo envisions a new global shipping hub on China’s Belt and Road. Indonesia’s port quality ranks below neighbors Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, acording to the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. A drive to clean air – […]


Forum in the News – June 12

SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean are getting rid of plastic straws and bags – Washington Post Plastic abounds on the high seas because about a third of what humans produce escapes collection, about “five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world,” according to the Forum’s […]


Forum in the News – June 8

UAE joins WEF forum for fourth industrial revolution – Gulf News The UAE will partner with the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to close the gap between emerging technologies and policy development. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Be Prepared – SAFRICA24 R&D will be critical in determining which companies […]