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Global Future Councils

Global Future Councils

The World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost multistakeholder and interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. 

The network convenes around 600 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, international organizations, business, and civil society, grouped in expertise-based thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community and members are nominated for a two-year term.


The Network helps to identify and disseminate transformative ideas with the potential for global impact. The Global Future Council members provide strategic insights, scientific evidence, forward guidance, and multidisciplinary understanding of major issues through:

Fresh ideas and innovative thinking: Nurturing cutting-edge and disruptive ideas and developing the foresight to identify and shape key areas

Grounding in expertise and evidence: Providing a foundation for data-, evidence-, fact- and research-based public-private cooperation 

Interdisciplinary and systems approach:  Connecting the dots between established and frontier issues and integrating thought leaders from business, academia, civil society, government and international organizations

Councils play two types of roles – Frontier exploration to address cutting-edge themes that have transformative potential, infuse new ideas, connect frontier thinkers and serve as test beds for future workstreams; and, systems thinking to contribute in a meaningful way to complex global discussions and issues where a multistakeholder group of constituents can drive positive systemic change.

Members' engagement

The Global Future Councils are invitation-only communities and members are invited for a two-year term. Council members participate regularly in virtual interactions and council activities via the Forum’s TopLink platform, email and regular meetings. Each council’s insights are also taken forward by the Forum’s ongoing initiatives, communities and meetings to ensure impact and influence. 

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