The 40th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting also marks the 10th anniversary of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. For a decade, the Schwab Foundation has brought visionary social entrepreneurs together with global business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum. This year, 31 leading social entrepreneurs will share their compelling ideas for sustainable solutions for the benefit of society and the environment in 160 sessions under the Annual Meeting theme of Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild.

“Over the last decade, we have seen how the role of social entrepreneurs has become increasingly more relevant and important. Their projects are helping to build a more equitable and sustainable world," said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “We are proud to have provided a unique community, network and platform to accelerate and support proven solutions to improve society,” added Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

During the Annual Meeting, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship will host a 10 Year Anniversary Reception celebrating a decade of social entrepreneurship, with more than 200 participants, including its community of social entrepreneurs, its partners and leading business figures.

On this occasion, Thilo Bode will be recognized as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Germany, a prestigious award given in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group and the Financial Times Deutschland. Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate and Managing Director, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh, will give the award in his capacity as Foundation Board Member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.