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Company Overview of World Economic Forum

Company Overview

World Economic Forum (WEF) is a not-for-profit foundation that primarily focuses on developing entrepreneurship and corporate governance system throughout the world. The organization conducts various programs and events focusing on health, agricultural trade, corporate governance, social investing, global competitiveness, energy, and pension reforms. Its Centre for Strategic Insight assists in identifying emerging risks and developments that would affect the agendas of business and governments and Global Institute for Partnership and Governance focuses on developing private-public partnerships to alleviate world’s pressing problems such as health, education, poverty reduction, and environmen...

91-93 route de la Capite

Cologny

Geneva,  1223

Switzerland

Founded in 1971

Phone:

41 22 869 12 12

Fax:

41 22 786 27 44

Key Executives for World Economic Forum

Founder and Executive Chairman
Age: 76
Founding Member
Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer
Managing Director and Head of Centre for Strategic Insight
Age: 70
Managing Director of Global Institute for Partnership and Governance
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

World Economic Forum Key Developments

World Economic Forum Appoints William McDonough as Chair of the its Meta-Council on the Circular Economy

The World Economic Forum has announced the appointment of globally recognized designer, author, and thought leader William McDonough as Chair of the Forum's Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. The newly formed Council represents the Forum's multi-sector initiative to accelerate business-driven innovation to scale the circular economy. As Chair of the Meta-Council, McDonough will oversee the Forum's effort to establish proof of concept of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a circular economy through targeted programs that aim to elevate the discussion and actions to a global audience. Under the guidance of McDonough's vision and strategic insights, the Meta-Council on the Circular Economy will convene top-tier international companies, stakeholders, policymakers, and other business influencers over a two-year period to identify systemic changes needed to facilitate the shift to a sustainable global economy. McDonough held appointments on previous Global Agenda Councils and formerly served as the Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to President Clinton, and has advised corporations such as Walmart, Waste Management and others. In addition to running three companies (McDonough Innovation, MBDC, and William McDonough + Partners), McDonough has also led the creation of the growing Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which administers the Cradle to Cradle Certified(TM) Products Program, as well as other influential nonprofits.

The World Economic Forum Appoints Jean-Luc Vez as Managing Director for Security Policy and Security Affairs, as of April 01, 2014

The World Economic Forum announced that Jean-Luc Vez, the Director of the Federal Office for Police, will be joining the Forum as Managing Director for Security Policy and Security Affairs, as of April 01, 2014. Vez began his career with the Swiss federal government in 1986. He has led the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) since May 2000. From 1996 to 2000 he was Deputy Director and Head of the Legal Department and Privacy Policy at Fedpol. As Managing Director, Security Policy and Security Affairs, at the Forum, Vez will be responsible for operational security matters and other aspects of security in Forum activities, such as cyber risk, organized crime and illicit trade.

World Economic Forum Appoints Espen Barth Eide as Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board

The World Economic Forum announced that Espen Barth Eide, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Norway, is joining the Forum as Managing Director and member of the Managing Board. Eide served as Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs until October 2013.

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