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Klaus Schwab


1957 Graduated from the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Ravensburg, Germany
1962 Dipl. Ing., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
1963 Lic.ès.sc.écon. et soc. (summa cum laude) University of Fribourg, Switzerland
1966 Doctorate in Engineering (Dr. Sc. Tech.), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
1967 Doctorate in Economics (Dr.rer.pol.), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
1967 Master of Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA


1958-1962 Experience on the shop floor of several companies
1963-1966 Assistant to the Director-General of the German Machine-building Association (VDMA), Frankfurt
1967-1970 Member, Managing Board, Sulzer Escher Wyss AG, Zurich, a manufacturing company with activities in several countries and over 10,000 employees


1972-2003 Professor for Business Policy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
After 2003 Honorary Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1993-1995 Member, United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development 1996-1998 Vice-Chairman, United Nations Committee for Development Planning


• Honorary Professor, Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
• Honorary Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
• Member of the Royal Academy of Morocco, North Africa


Pioneer of breakthrough concepts, including:

• multistakeholder approach • public private partnerships
• social entrepreneurship • corporate global citizenship • fourth industrial revolution


Author of the annual Global Competitiveness Report (since 1979), numerous articles and several books.

His latest books are The Fourth Industrial Revolution (2016), a worldwide bestseller translated into 30 languages, Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2018), COVID-19: The Great Reset (2020) and Stakeholder Capitalism (2021)


• Trustee, The Peres Center For Peace, Tel Aviv, Israel
• Member of the Board, Lucerne Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland • Founding Member, Climate Leadership Council


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


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 Légion d’Honneur of France
1997 Golden Grand 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 the 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)
2008 Award “For merits to the Republic of Lithuania”, Degree - Commander’s Cross
2011 Order of the Polar Star of the Mongolian People’s Republic
2012 Grand Cross with Star of the National Order of Merit of Germany
2012 Mexican Order del Aguila Azteca
2013 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan
2014 Colombian Order of San Carlos
2018 Friendship Medal for outstanding contribution to 40 years of China’s reform and opening policies


2000 Annual Award of the International Institute of Education
2000 Annual Award and Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, USA
2001 Candlelight Award presented by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
2002 Annual Award of the Fondation pour Genève
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 Admission into the German Business Hall of Fame
2010 Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award
2016 Reinhard Mohn Price for Responsible Entrepreneurship
2016 Progress Medal, Society for Progress, INSEAD
2018 Global Economy Price, Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Born 30 March 1938 in Ravensburg, Germany
Married with Hilde Schwab since 1971
Two children: Olivier born in 1973 and Nicole born in 1975

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