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Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director, Head of Social and Economic Agendas, World Economic Forum

BA in Economics, Smith College; MPhil in International Economics, Graduate Institute Geneva; MPA, Harvard University. With the World Economic Forum: Economist (2003-2005); Head of Gender Parity Programme (2005-2011); Head of Civil Society (2008-2011); Head of Employment and Gender Initiatives (2013-2016); Head of Education, Gender and Work (2016-2018); currently Head of Centre for the New Economy and Society and Member of the Managing Board. Co-Author of Forum reports on Human Capital, Gender Gaps and Future of Jobs. Author, Fifty Million Rising (2018). Recipient of honours and awards, including: BBC 100 Women (2013 and 2014); Financial Times/McKinsey inaugural Bracken Bower Prize (2014); longlisted for FT/Mckinsey Business Book of the Year (2018). Interests: future of work, impact of technology on employment, education and skills, income inequality and using big data for public good.

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