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Company Overview of World Economic Forum

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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


Geneva,  1223


Founded in 1971


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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 Murat Snmez as Chief Business Officer and Member of the Managing Board

The World Economic Forum announced that Murat Snmez, former Executive Vice-President, Global Field Operations of TIBCO Software Inc., is joining the World Economic Forum as Chief Business Officer and member of the Managing Board. As Chief Business Officer, Snmez's responsibilities will be to ensure the further growth and development of all of the Forum's business communities, focused on reinforcing geographic diversification and ensuring that the World Economic Forum remains the foremost global multistakeholder platform to shape global and regional industry agendas, serving as a trusted partner of business, government and civil society. Snmez joins the Forum after 20 years at TIBCO. Since joining the company in 1994, he has held a variety of executive positions, most recently serving as Executive Vice-President, Global Field Operations, where he was responsible for worldwide sales, delivery and field operations.

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.

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