Contextual Intelligence for Competitive Advantage

Welcome to World Economic Forum Academy

the online learning platform for leaders, by leaders

Through our unique and unrivalled access to insights, World Economic Forum Academy helps business leaders develop contextual intelligence - the ability to make sense of a fast-changing world.

This contextual intelligence is necessary to identify and understand the technological, economic and societal transformations changing today's business models from the periphery in unexpected ways.

Learning Experience

Harnessing the Forum's network of innovators, experts and practitioners, the Academy continually updates subscribers on the transformations affecting industry. The experience is turnkey and subscription-based, delivering the most relevant insights and debates every few weeks. All Academy content is developed using four learning principles:

  • 360 Perspective

    A holistic view leveraging the Forum's global network of the best minds in academia, business, civil society and government

  • Strategic Foresight

    A window into the future for early identification of both core and adjacent industry transformations

  • Collaborative Peer-to-Peer Community

    A setting that enables and maximizes purpose-oriented interaction and peer-to-peer learning

  • Agile and Applied Learning

    A uniquely structured framework that empowers leaders to navigate complexity and apply learning to make informed decisions

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders

Our Unrivalled Network of Innovators and Thought Leaders


The Forum identifies the most innovative and successful early-stage companies generating significant impact on business and society. The entrepreneurs in the Forum network demonstrate visionary leadership and show signs of being long-standing market leaders.

Network of Global Agenda Councils

The Network of Global Agenda Councils, covering 86 subject areas, attempts to collapse boundaries between subjects to examine and leverage critical interconnections. The Academy works closely with the Councils to identify key interlinkages.

Professors from the World’s Top Universities

The Forum has long-standing partnerships with top universities around the world, and Forum Academy works with those institutions to identify the best minds to both develop and deliver the Academy programme.

Business Leaders

The Forum’s membership base of over 1500 leading companies is at the heart of all the Forum’s activities, and their support is essential in helping find truly sustainable and global solutions to improve the state of the world.

Public Figures

The Forum engages the highest-level decision makers in governments and institutions throughout the world to engage in policy dialogue and change.

Global Growth Companies

The Forum's 370 Global Growth Companies are considered trailblazers, shapers and innovators that are committed to improving the state of the world. Currently, GGCs come from more than 65 countries and each one has the potential to become a leader in the global economy owing to their business models, growth records, leadership and the markets they serve.

Global Shapers

The Global Shapers Community is a network of young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to serve society. Shapers are highly motivated individuals with great potential for future leadership roles. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership development and commitment to making a difference.

Young Global Leaders

The Young Global Leaders are a multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year, the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals worldwide. Together, they form a powerful international community that can create dramatic positive impact.

Social Entrepreneurs

The Forum's motto is 'entrepreneurship in the global public interest' and social entrepreneurs are the ones who embody this motto on a daily basis. They drive social innovation and transformations in various fields including education, health, environment, and enterprise development. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not for profits or companies.

A Programme Providing Continuous Updates for Continuous Change

Being an informed 21st century leader means having a point of view on how key global transformations affect your sector, your organization and your decisions. By linking experts, ideas and conversations across domains, the Academy connects the dots for participants, providing contextual understanding. The Programme covers strategic shifts and trends in the following areas:

New Growth Models
Cross-cutting Industries
Emerging Technologies
Regional Insights

Stay Informed. Stay Competitive.
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Continuous change requires continuous learning. Contact us for more information about how the Academy provides organizations with the contextual intelligence necessary for competitive advantage.