Our Unrivalled Network

of Innovators and Thought Leaders

The World Economic Forum brings together stakeholders from all sectors of society to understand and address topics that cannot be solved by one sector alone. Similarly, the Academy highlights transformations that impact multiple industries from outside their core spheres, requiring cross-disciplinary examination and a 360 perspective.

Keep reading for examples of the types of people the Academy works with and features in its content.


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.