For one week each year, Davos becomes a global village, bringing together business, political, intellectual and civil society leaders to define the priorities on the global agenda and to drive the search for solutions.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship will bring 25 social entrepreneurs from around the world who will substantially contribute to the Annual Meeting.

These social entrepreneurs are at the forefront of addressing the most pressing social and environmental challenges, ranging from inclusive employment solutions, consumer waste, education, affordable health services, and more. They are contributing their expertise on diverse topics, from designing sustainable infrastructure to creating systemic change. This is in addition to the countless private meetings, workshops and interactive sessions, where they will bring their unique insights and forge collaborative approaches.

Social entrepreneurs are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions through partnerships with governments, companies and other entrepreneurs. As business and government leaders seek new, innovative solutions to many of the systemic issues they face, social entrepreneurs are called upon to provide solutions. Together with the Young Global Leaders and the Global Shapers, they highlight that global issues need entrepreneurial solutions. They are role models that bring to Davos the passion, vision, boldness and experience so much needed in a world facing a new global context.

Find out more about the Social Entrepreneurs attending Davos 2015 here, and follow them through the week on Twitter.

Author: Hilde Schwab is the Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Image: Castellers, or human tower builders, Colla Jove Xiquets de Valls, start to form a human tower during a biannual competition in Tarragona, October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea