Global Future Councils


The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

The network convenes more than 700 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society, grouped in expertise-based, thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community, and members are nominated for a one-year period.


In a global environment marked by short-term and siloed thinking, the Global Future Councils foster interdisciplinary and long-range approaches. They provide thought leadership on key global challenges, and the impact and governance of emerging technologies through:

- Scoping and monitoring trends and developments

- Contextualizing global shifts within the main regional or national frameworks

- Deepening understanding of the drivers and enablers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on global systems

- Informing the World Economic Forum’s strategic initiatives

- Highlighting the implications of these dynamics for decision-makers

Members’ engagement

Members of the network meet each year at the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and virtually, several times a year. They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters and regional and industry events, as well as global decision-making processes.