- Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Studies at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, University of Fribourg and Harvard University, including doctorates in Mechanical Engineering and Economics (summa cum laude). Since 1972, Professor of Business Policy, University of Geneva. Academic contributions include: 1971, first ever publication describing Stakeholder Theory and 1979, new approach to concept of global competitiveness. 1971, founded World Economic Forum as not-for-profit foundation and built it into foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving state of the world; 1998, Co-Founder, with wife Hilde, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, supporting social innovation around the world; 2004, Founder, Forum of Young Global Leaders; 2011, Founder, Forum of Global Shapers. Numerous honorary doctorates. Honorary Knighthood (KCMG) and recipient of international and national honours for initiatives undertaken in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest and for peace and reconciliation efforts in several regions.