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Klaus Martin Schwab (born 30 March 1938) is a German engineer and economist, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.[1] His wife, Hilde, co-founded the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship with him.[2] He was born in 1938, in Ravensburg, Germany.

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1 Foundations 2 Education 3 Professional life 4 Other activities 5 National distinctions 6 Awards (Since 2000) 7 Academic awards and honorary doctorates 8 Notes and references 9 External links

Foundations[edit] In 1971, Schwab founded the European Management Forum, which in 1987 becomes the World Economic Forum, as a not-for-profit foundation committed to improving the state of the world, later building it into today's powerful economic platform event that distinctly influences globalisation. In 2015, the Forum was formally recognised as an international organisation for public-private cooperation. In 1998, Schwab and his wife founded the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2004, Schwab created a new foundation using the US$1 million prize money from the Dan David Prize
Dan David Prize
he received that year from Israel. The Forum of Young Global Leaders[3] aims to bring together over 500 people under 40 from all walks (areas) of life who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the state of the world, and encourage them to work together over the span of five years to identify and realise global pro-social and pro-capitalist change. In 2011, he founded the Global Shapers
Global Shapers
Community, a global network of local communities, or "hubs", of young people aged 20 to 30 who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribute to their communities. As of 26 June 2016[update], there are 459 Hubs with more than 6,216 Shapers.[citation needed] Education[edit] Schwab holds a doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, a doctorate in Engineering from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of over a dozen honorary doctorates, and is an honorary professor of the Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University
of Israel[4] and the China Foreign Affairs University.[5] Professional life[edit] Schwab was professor of business policy at the University of Geneva from 1972 to 2002. Since 1979, he has published the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual report assessing the potential for increasing productivity and economic growth of countries around the world, written by a team of economists.[6] The report is based on a methodology developed by Schwab, measuring competitiveness not only in terms of productivity but also based on sustainability criteria.[7] He is the author of several books, including The Fourth Industrial Revolution (2016).[8] Other activities[edit] From 1993-1995, Schwab was a member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development.[9] From 1996-1998, he was Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee for Development Planning.[10] He also exercised a number of functions in the global public interest, such as being a member of The Peres Centre for Peace[11] and a member of the board of the Lucerne Festival.[12] During the earlier years of his career, he was on a number of company boards, such as The Swatch Group, The Daily Mail Group, and Vontobel Holding. He is a former member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group.[13] National distinctions[edit]

1988 Cross of the National Order of Merit of Germany 1995 Commander's Cross of the National Order of Merit of Germany 1997 Knight of the Legion d'Honneur of France 1997 Golden Cross of the National Order of Austria 1997 Medal of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia 2002 National Order of the Republic of Poland, Commander's Cross with Star 2002 Highest-level Order of Friendship of Republic of Kazakhstan 2003 Order of Stara Planina, First Class, Bulgaria 2005 Decoration of First Degree for Outstanding Giving, Jordan 2006 Knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II: Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) 2007 Honorary Citizen, City of Dalian, People's Republic of China 2008 Award "For merits to the Republic of Latvia", Degree - Commander's Cross 2011 The Order of the Polar Star of Mongolia 2012 Grand Cross with Star of the National Order of Germany 2012 Mexican Order del Aguila Azteca 2013   Grand Cordon Order of the Rising Sun
Order of the Rising Sun
(Japan) 2014 Colombian Order of San Carlos

Awards (Since 2000)[edit]

2000 Annual Award of the International Institute of Education 2000 Annual Award and Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, US 2001 Candlelight Award presented by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 2002 Annual Award of the Fondation pour Geneve 2002 Guggenheim Humanitarian Award 2002 ICCJ - International Council of Christians and Jews Award 2004 Dan David Prize, Tel Aviv University 2005 Transatlantic Bridge Award 2006 Freedom of the City of London 2006 UCD Ulysses Medal, University College Dublin, Ireland 2007 Nominated one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine 2007 Admission into the German Business Hall of Fame 2009 Nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential people in the World by Forbes Magazine 2010 Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award 2016 Reinhard Mohn Prize for Responsible Entrepreneurship 2016 Progress Medal, Society for Progress, INSEAD 2017 HKS Dean’s Medal, Harvard Kennedy School

Academic awards and honorary doctorates[edit]

1991 Honorary Doctorate, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec 1992 Honorary Doctorate, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico 1996 Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University Bratislava, Slovak Republic 1999 Honorary Doctorate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland 1999 Honorary Doctorate, Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel 2002 Honorary Doctorate, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom 2008 Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Kazan State University, Tatarstan 2009 Honorary Doctorate, EBS Universität, Germany 2009 Honorary Doctorate, University of Latvia 2009 Honorary Doctorate, Nankai University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China 2010 Honorary Doctorate of Economics, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City 2011 Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 2012 Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand 2015 Honorary Doctorate of Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, Haifa University, Israel 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Notes and references[edit]

^ "Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman World Economic Forum-Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ " Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship - Home". Schwabfound.org. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "The Forum of Young Global Leaders World Economic Forum-The Forum of Young Global Leaders". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "University Units - Honorary Awards". Web.bgu.ac.il. 2011-05-31. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "China Foreign Affaire University". Cfau.edu.cn. Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "Global Competitiveness World Economic Forum-Global Competitiveness". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "Global Competitiveness World Economic Forum-Global Competitiveness". Weforum.org. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ Schwab, Klaus (2016). The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Crown Business. ISBN 978-1-5247-5886-8.  ^ http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N95/047/20/PDF/N9504720.pdf?OpenElement[permanent dead link] ^ "Committee for Development Planning (A/AC.54)". Un.org. 2002-02-26. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ [1] Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Lucerne Festival > Articles > Stiftungsrat". Lucernefestival.ch. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-25.  ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". bilderbergmeetings.org. Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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