Leadership and Governance

The World Economic Forum is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the guardian of our mission, values and brand. It is responsible for inspiring business and public confidence in the Forum through an exemplary standard of governance. Individuals with unique leadership experience – from business, politics, academia and civil society – participate for three years in the Board's activities. The Board’s role includes: managing the statutes of the World Economic Forum and its institutions; appointing new members; reviewing fund applications; determining and monitoring the execution of the World Economic Forum’s strategies; and defining the roles of the Managing Board and committees, including the review of strategies and activities in light of the Forum’s mission.

Our Leadership

Board of Trustees


The Forum’s activities are managed by its executive leadership. Led by Founder and Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab, the leadership and staff of the Forum comprise exceptional individuals from all walks of life and over 60 nationalities. This global depth and experience ensures our ability to fully support our global membership and their engagement on global issues.


Klaus Schwab
Founder, Executive Chairman

Executive Committee

David Aikman photo David Aikman Chief Representative Officer, Greater China
Espen Barth Eide photo Espen Barth Eide Head of Geopolitical Affairs, Member of the Managing Board
Arnaud Bernaert photo Arnaud Bernaert Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries
Jennifer Blanke photo Jennifer Blanke Chief Economist
Roberto Bocca photo Roberto Bocca Head of Energy Industries
Denise Burnet photo Denise Burnet Head of Event Management
Nicholas Davis photo Nicholas Davis Head of Society and Innovation
Jean-Loup Dénéréaz photo Jean-Loup Dénéréaz Head of General Services and Event Operations
Miroslav Dusek photo Miroslav Dusek Head of Middle East and North Africa
Diana El-Azar photo Diana El-Azar Head of Media, Entertainment and Information Industries ad interim
Paolo Gallo photo Paolo Gallo Chief Human Resources Officer
Julien Gattoni photo Julien Gattoni Chief Financial Officer
Malte Godbersen photo Malte Godbersen Head of Information Technology
Michael Hanley photo Michael Hanley Head of Digital Communications
W. Lee Howell photo W. Lee Howell Head of Global Programming, Member of the Managing Board
Jeremy Jurgens photo Jeremy Jurgens Chief Information and Interaction Officer
Elsie Kanza photo Elsie Kanza Head of Africa
Anja Kaspersen photo Anja Kaspersen Head of International Security
Martina Larkin photo Martina Larkin Head of Europe and Eurasia
Helena Leurent photo Helena Leurent Head of Government Engagement
Emma Loades photo Emma Loades Head of Design, Global Programming Group
Fon Mathuros Chantanayingyong photo Fon Mathuros Chantanayingyong Head of Media
Adrian Monck photo Adrian Monck Head of Public Engagement and Foundations
Sushant Palakurthi Rao photo Sushant Palakurthi Rao Head of Asia Pacific
Gilbert J. B. Probst photo Gilbert J. B. Probst Dean, Leadership Office and Academic Affairs
Philipp Rösler photo Philipp Rösler Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Member of the Managing Board
Mel Rogers photo Mel Rogers Head of Strategic Affairs
Richard Samans photo Richard Samans Head of the Centre for the Global Agenda,
Member of the Managing Board
Olivier Schwab photo Olivier Schwab Head of Business Engagement
Murat Sonmez photo Murat Sonmez Chief Business Officer, Member of the Managing Board
Akira Tsuchiya photo Akira Tsuchiya Executive Director, Head of Japan
Jean-Luc Vez photo Jean-Luc Vez Head of Security Policy and Security Affairs
Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray photo Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray Head of Public-Private Partnerships
Alex Wong photo Alex Wong Head of Global Challenge Partnerships
Saadia Zahidi photo Saadia Zahidi Head of Employment and Gender Initiatives
Alois Zwinggi photo Alois Zwinggi Head of Operations and Resources, Member of the Managing Board