World Economic Forum Announces New Trustees

25 Jan 2019

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· Chrystia Freeland and Fabiola Gianotti join the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees

· The Board of Trustees serves as the guardian of the World Economic Forum’s mission and values

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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 25 January 2019 – The World Economic Forum announces that Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), join its Board of Trustees. Their diverse backgrounds strengthen the multistakeholder governance approach to which the World Economic Forum is committed.

The Board of Trustees is the highest-level governance body of the World Economic Forum, the recognized International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

Chrystia Freeland began her career as a Ukraine-based news correspondent, and held senior positions at the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times and Thomson Reuters. She was first elected to the Canadian Parliament in November 2013 and was appointed International Trade Minister in November 2015, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada in January 2017. She has written two books: Sale of the Century (2000) and Plutocrats (2012).‎ In 2018, she was recognized as Foreign Policy’s Diplomat of the Year and received the Eric M. Warburg Award from Atlantik-Brücke. Freeland speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, French and English.

Fabiola Gianotti has a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano, Italy. Since 1994, she has been a research physicist at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, where she led the ATLAS experiment at the time of the discovery of the Higgs particle. She is currently serving as CERN’s Director-General.

“The World Economic Forum, as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, is delighted to welcome the new members of the Board of Trustees, strengthening the political and scientific experience,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

As of 25 January 2018, the members of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum are:

Klaus SCHWAB* Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum

Peter BRABECK-LETMATHE* Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum; Chairman of the Board, Nestlé SA, Switzerland

H.M. Queen Rania AL ABDULLAH of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Mukesh AMBANI Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India

Marc BENIOFF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA

Mark CARNEY Chairman, Financial Stability Board; Governor of the Bank of England

Chrystia FREELAND Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

Orit GADIESH** Chairman, Bain & Company, USA

Fabiola GIANOTTI Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva

Al GORE Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001); Chairman and Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management, USA

Herman GREF Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation

Angel GURRÍA Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris

André HOFFMANN Vice-Chairman, Roche, Germany

Christine LAGARDE Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC

Ursula von der LEYEN Federal Minister of Defence of Germany

Yo-Yo MA Musician

Peter MAURER President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

Luis MORENO** President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC

L. Rafael REIF President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Jim Hagemann SNABE Member of the Board, SAP AG, Siemens AG, Allianz SE, Germany

Heizo TAKENAKA** Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan (2002-2006)

Min ZHU* Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (2011-2016)

*Member of the Governing Board

**Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

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