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Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

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Klaus Schwab Biography

Klaus Schwab is Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the organization he founded over forty years ago.

The World Economic Forum began life in 1971 as the European Management Forum. It was the idea of a young business school professor, Klaus Schwab. Schwab brought together over 400 participants for a conference in a city in the Swiss alps. Its success was the making of the institution that Klaus Schwab leads today.

The mission of the World Economic Forum is expressed in its motto: "committed to improving the state of the world". It fulfils that mission by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was Klaus Schwab who carried forward the vision for a Forum on the principle that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is impossible.

It is an independent, international organization, incorporated in Switzerland as a not-for-profit foundation. In 1987, the foundation changed its name to the World Economic Forum, something Klaus Schwab saw as better reflecting the global nature of its activities. Klaus Schwab summed up the Forum as "entrepreneurship in the global public interest".

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship developed that theme. Set up in 1998 by Klaus Schwab and his wife Hilde, it works to identify, recognize and connect the individuals building strong and sustainable organizations with a strong social purpose. Klaus Schwab also established The Forum of Young Global Leaders - a community of inspiring and dynamic leaders from among the under-40s - to respond to the growing consensus that the challenges confronting the world demand integrated solutions.

Klaus Schwab was born in Ravensburg, Germany in 1938. His parents were both of Swiss origin. Klaus Schwab says: “The legacy of the wartime situation had a huge impact on me. I became very interested in reconciliation and dialogue. We had to create a new Europe based on these two things.”

Schwab has two doctoral degrees, one in mechanical engineering, and one in economics and social sciences. Klaus Schwab spent a year at Harvard University and went on to be the youngest professor at the University of Geneva.

It was whilst in Geneva, in the emerging field that applied academic analysis to the world of business, that Klaus Schwab developed "stakeholder theory", the underlying principle behind all his future work at the World Economic Forum. The principle that Klaus Schwab outlined is that companies serve not only shareholders but all the stakeholders of their organization. This means all the social groups connected directly or indirectly to the enterprise which are dependent on its success and prosperity, including not just shareholders and creditors but also employees, customers, suppliers, the state and the society in which the enterprise is active.

Klaus Schwab himself sees the World Economic Forum as the ‘glue’ between different stakeholders in society. He explains: “The World Economic Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a platform for initiatives, programmes and taskforces. It gives each of our participants the possibility to shape their own opinion based on the latest strategic insights.”

Adds Schwab: “I believe fundamentally in the inter-relationship between economic development and social progress. I feel that governments today alone cannot address global challenges nor can business alone and nor can non-governmental organizations.

“At the World Economic Forum we have to create platforms for the three main pillars of society, that is, government, business and civil society, to interact and confront the issues which we have on the global agenda,” Klaus Schwab says.

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Klaus Schwab Biography

Klaus Schwab is Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the organization he founded over forty years ago.

The World Economic Forum began life in 1971 as the European Management Forum. It was the idea of a young business school professor, Klaus Schwab. Schwab brought together over 400 participants for a conference in a city in the Swiss alps. Its success was the making of the institution that Klaus Schwab leads today.

The mission of the World Economic Forum is expressed in its motto: "committed to improving the state of the world". It fulfils that mission by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was Klaus Schwab who carried forward the vision for a Forum on the principle that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is impossible.

It is an independent, international organization, incorporated in Switzerland as a not-for-profit foundation. In 1987, the foundation changed its name to the World Economic Forum, something Klaus Schwab saw as better reflecting the global nature of its activities. Klaus Schwab summed up the Forum as "entrepreneurship in the global public interest".

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship developed that theme. Set up in 1998 by Klaus Schwab and his wife Hilde, it works to identify, recognize and connect the individuals building strong and sustainable organizations with a strong social purpose. Klaus Schwab also established The Forum of Young Global Leaders - a community of inspiring and dynamic leaders from among the under-40s - to respond to the growing consensus that the challenges confronting the world demand integrated solutions.

Klaus Schwab was born in Ravensburg, Germany in 1938. His parents were both of Swiss origin. Klaus Schwab says: “The legacy of the wartime situation had a huge impact on me. I became very interested in reconciliation and dialogue. We had to create a new Europe based on these two things.”

Schwab has two doctoral degrees, one in mechanical engineering, and one in economics and social sciences. Klaus Schwab spent a year at Harvard University and went on to be the youngest professor at the University of Geneva.

It was whilst in Geneva, in the emerging field that applied academic analysis to the world of business, that Klaus Schwab developed "stakeholder theory", the underlying principle behind all his future work at the World Economic Forum. The principle that Klaus Schwab outlined is that companies serve not only shareholders but all the stakeholders of their organization. This means all the social groups connected directly or indirectly to the enterprise which are dependent on its success and prosperity, including not just shareholders and creditors but also employees, customers, suppliers, the state and the society in which the enterprise is active.

Klaus Schwab himself sees the World Economic Forum as the ‘glue’ between different stakeholders in society. He explains: “The World Economic Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a platform for initiatives, programmes and taskforces. It gives each of our participants the possibility to shape their own opinion based on the latest strategic insights.”

Adds Schwab: “I believe fundamentally in the inter-relationship between economic development and social progress. I feel that governments today alone cannot address global challenges nor can business alone and nor can non-governmental organizations.

“At the World Economic Forum we have to create platforms for the three main pillars of society, that is, government, business and civil society, to interact and confront the issues which we have on the global agenda,” Klaus Schwab says.

Klaus Schwab Videos

  • World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab on the Fourth ...
    May 13, 2019 ... The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun. As new technologies disrupt our political, economic, and personal lives, the...
  • Improving the State of the World: A Conversation with Klaus Schwab ...
  • Exclusive interview with World Economic Forum founder Klaus ...

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  • How to book Klaus Schwab?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Klaus Schwab for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Klaus Schwab, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Klaus Schwab or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Klaus Schwab?

    Booking fees for Klaus Schwab, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Klaus Schwab, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Klaus Schwab?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Klaus Schwab for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Klaus Schwab for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Klaus Schwab or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Klaus Schwab or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Klaus Schwab is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Klaus Schwab for your event is available upon request. Klaus Schwab generally travels from GenevaSwitzerland and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bill Gates, Paul Polman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Joseph Stiglitz and Ray Kurzweil. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Klaus Schwab for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Klaus Schwab Speaker Videos

  • World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab on the Fourth ...
    May 13, 2019 ... The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun. As new technologies disrupt our political, economic, and personal lives, the notion that we ...
    Improving the State of the World: A Conversation with Klaus Schwab ...
  • Exclusive interview with World Economic Forum founder Klaus ...
    Walk The Talk With World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab ...
  • What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? by Prof Klaus Schwab ...

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