Monday, January 29, 2007


Schwab Klaus - Founder Davos, World Economic Forum

Born 1938 in Ravensburg, Germany.

Studied at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Universities of Fribourg and Harvard.

His academic activities include:
1972-2003, Professor of Business Policy, University of Geneva.
Member, Overseers’ Visiting Committee, JFK School of Government,
Advisory Board Member, Center for International Development, Harvard University,
Member of the Corporate Visiting Committee, MIT
Member of the Royal Academy of Morocco.

- a Doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg,
- a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
- a Master’s of Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Additionally, he has been the recipient of six honorary doctorates, the most recent granted by the London School of Economics.

He is a Member of the Editorial Board for Foreign Policy, Chairman of the Editorial Board for World Link Magazine and author of the annual Global Competitiveness Report (since 1979) , in addition to numerous articles and several books.

- Member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development
- Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Committee for Development Planning
- Member of the Earth Council when it was located in Costa Rica.

Founded the World Economic Forum in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and built it into the foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society, committed to improving the state of the world.

Co-founder (1998), with his wife Hilde, of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, supporting social innovation projects around the world.

Founder (2004) of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Has been active, in addition, in editorial, academic and public service organizations, as well as in UN-related high-level functions.

Honorary Knighthood (KCMG) and recipient of numerous international and national honours for initiatives in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest and for peace and reconciliation efforts in several regions.

He currently serves as Trustee for the Peres Center for Peace, Israel and the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation, Malaysia.

He has two children, a son, Oliver and a daughter, Nicole. His hobbies include cross country ski marathons and mountain climbing.

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