Peter Maurer Joins Foundation Board, World Economic Forum

03 Nov 2014

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  • Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), joins the World Economic Forum Foundation Board
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Geneva, Switzerland, 3 November 2014 – The Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum has elected Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as a new member.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, stressed the importance of having the heads of international organizations on the Foundation Board. He said: “With his nomination, the board wishes to strengthen the humanitarian dimension of the Foundation and looks forward to fully integrate Peter Maurer’s valuable experience into its activities. The work of the ICRC is another example of the strong impact that can be made with multistakeholder collaboration, and we welcome the new voice and perspective that Maurer will bring.”

The Foundation Board is the guardian of the Forum’s mission and values through an exemplary standard of governance. The multistakeholder nature of the Foundation will be further enhanced, counting among the 25 members representatives from international organizations, civil societies, academia and business.

“Although the ICRC and the World Economic Forum have separate missions, they both are centred on collaboration across sectors and between various actors in order to improve the state of the world. As ICRC president, I hope to share with the board our experience in assisting and protecting vulnerable populations worldwide and to strengthen their resilience,” Maurer said.

As of 3 November, the members of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum are:

Klaus SCHWAB* Chairman of the Foundation Board
Peter BRABECK-LETMATHE* Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé, Switzerland
Patrick AEBISCHER President, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, Switzerland
H.M. Queen Rania AL ABDULLAH of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Mukesh AMBANI Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
Mark CARNEY Chairman, Financial Stability Board; Governor of the Bank of England
Victor CHU* Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong SAR
Orit GADIESH** Chairman, Bain & Company, USA
Carlos GHOSN** Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance (France and Japan), France
Herman GREF Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russia
Angel GURRÍA Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
Susan HOCKFIELD President Emerita and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Donald KABERUKA President, African Development Bank, Tunis
Klaus KLEINFELD* Chairman and Chief Executive, Alcoa Inc., USA
Christine LAGARDE Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC
Jack MA Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group, People’s Republic of China
Peter MAURER President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland
Luis MORENO President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
Indra NOOYI* Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA
Peter SANDS** Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, United Kingdom
Joseph SCHOENDORF* Venture Partner, Accel Partners, USA
Jim Hagemann SNABE Member of the Board, SAP AG, Siemens AG, Allianz SE, Germany
Heizo TAKENAKA** Director, Global Security Research Institute, Keio University, Japan; Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan (2002-2006)
George YEO YONG-BOON Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore (2004 – 2011)
Min ZHU Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC

*Member of the Executive Committee

**Member of the Audit Committee

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