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  • Our communities are made up of 15,000 leaders from all over the world and all walks of life. Here are just a few

    Klaus Schwab

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    “Making a difference means understanding the context, creating the connections and a crucible for real collaboration. That is the World Economic Forum.”

    Judith Rodin

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    Judith is President of the Rockefeller Foundation, the world’s leading philanthropic organization, and a Strategic Partner of the Forum. She is a leading voice on issues such as disaster resilience and youth unemployment

    Eric Schmidt

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    Eric helped transform Google, a Strategic Partner of the Forum, from Silicon Valley start-up to arguably the most important company in the world. As a Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting 2015, he has spoken at Davos on issues ranging from unemployment to inequality

    Drew Gilpin Faust

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    “I’m not the woman president of Harvard. I’m the president of Harvard,” said Drew at the Annual Meeting 2014. She is a valued member of the Forum’s Global University Leaders network, where she contributes academic perspectives to policy-shaping debates on gender and education

    Adam Werbach

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    Adam, the co-founder of social marketplace Yerdle, is a Young Global Leader, former president of environmental giant the Sierra Club and a sustainability correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. His latest book, Strategy for Sustainability, was named one of the Best Business Books of the Year

    Saadia Zahidi

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    Saadia is the youngest senior director at the Forum. She is head of several teams, including the Gender Parity Programme and the Employment, Skills and Human Capital initiative. She started and co-authored the Human Capital and Gender Gap reports, and works tirelessly with businesses and governments to improve the lives of women

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    600+

    staff

    60%

    women

    1,500

    global experts

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    projects

    1,000

    members

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    Foundation Members are global businesses that play a leading role in finding sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

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    40+

    communities

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    The Forum is a community of communities. From Global Shapers to Technology Pioneers, its diverse and dedicated groups believe any problem can be solved when the right people talk to each other.

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    600+

    staff

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    Our 550 collaborators have 330 master's degrees between them. They are based in offices in Geneva, New York, Beijing and Tokyo.

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    60%

    women

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    We believe in gender parity. We back it up in our recruitment, our research (such as the annual Gender Gap Report) and our policy to raise the number of senior female leaders at Davos.

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    1,500

    global experts

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    In each of the 88 Global Agenda Councils the Forum has up to 20 globally renowned experts. They work voluntarily on complex global problems and meet once a year at the world's largest brainstorming session, the Summit on the Global Agenda.

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    55

    projects

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    The Forum's many work groups are dedicated to finding public-private solutions to worldwide problems, in fields as diverse as conflict, healthcare and internet security. A recent success is Grow Africa, an initiative that advances farming via inclusive multi-sector investment.

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