World Economic Forum Launches New Think Tank Community

10 Nov 2014

Oliver Cann, Director, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 79 799 3405; Email:

  • The new Think Tank Leaders Forum community brings together 25 top policy and research institutes to give greater voice to the global research community
  • Founding members include the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, Korea Development Institute and South African Institute of International Affairs
  • More information about the Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 is available here

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 November 2014 – The World Economic Forum today launched the Think Tank Leaders Forum, a new community of 25 leading international policy and research institutes that will advise Forum members and constituents on key issues facing the international community.

The Think Tank Leaders Forum will operate as an important intellectual community under the Forum’s Centre for Global Strategies. Specifically, it will leverage the Forum’s platform to bridge the gap between research and policy-making in areas such as globalization, healthcare, ageing, innovation, peace and security, education, the environment, poverty reduction and international economics.

“With globalization seemingly in retreat, the world’s 7.2 billion people urgently need not only new ideas, but also new ways to build consensus that involve all stakeholders in moving the best ideas from theory to practice,” said Martina Larkin, Senior Director and Head of the Global Knowledge. “None of the many issues identified in the recently released Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 report can be addressed effectively without thorough and continuing consultation across the spectrum of stakeholders.”

A number of events are planned to coincide with the launch of the community at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 in Dubai, including a discussion of the main trends coming out of the 2015 Outlook publication, with emphasis on crafting workable responses to pressing issues. The community will also contribute to the Forum’s various events, initiatives and knowledge products, while engaging with various Forum communities to enhance their effectiveness as an important policy formulation group.

“The world is undergoing fundamental geopolitical change, challenging many of the assumptions that have shaped global thinking since the end of the Cold War. At this new inflection point, we need to interpret what this all means,” said Espen Barth Eide, Managing Director and Head of the Centre for Global Strategies. “The Think Tank Leaders Forum community is another way the Forum is fostering collaboration with an important civil society group to better understand the changing dynamics.”

The members of the inaugural community are:

Strobe Talbott

Brookings Institution


Jessica Tuchman Mathews

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


John Hamre

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


Michael Rich

RAND Corporation


Fred Kempe

The Atlantic Council


Anne Marie Slaughter

New America Foundation


Adam Posen

Peterson Institute for International Economics


Alicia Barcena

Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal

Fundacion Getulio Vargas


Robin Niblett

Chatham House


John Chipman

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)


Mark Leonard

European Council on Foreign Relations


Ian Anthony

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)


Volker Perthes

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)


Guntram Wolff



Daniel Gros

Center for European Policy Studies


Jakkie Cilliers

Institute for Security Studies

South Africa

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

South Africa

Abdulaziz Sager

Gulf Research Center

Saudi Arabia

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Center for Policy Research


Michael Fullilove

Lowy Institute for International Policy


Long Guoqiang

Development Research Center of the State Council


William Overholt

Fung Global Institute


Joon-Kyung Kim

Korea Development Institute

South Korea

Nicholas Fang

Singapore Institute of International Affairs


The Co-Chairs of the Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 are Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General, Department of Economic Development of the Government of Dubai.

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