Background Information

The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is committed to improving the state of the world. It is the leading International Organisation for Public-Private Cooperation and best known for its Annual Meeting every January in Davos. The Forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with regional offices in New York and Beijing with over 600 full-time staff. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does. The Forum believes that progress happens by bringing people together from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.


Global Shapers Community

Founded by the World Economic Forum in 2011, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based Hubs in 163 countries and territories. 

In each city, teams of Global Shapers self-organise to create initiatives that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging and include responding to disasters, combating poverty, fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race – but are united by their desire to catalyse positive change. 

Community members also connect at the global level through technology and face-to-face events to influence global affairs and make sure that decision-making preserves the interests of the next generation. Giving young leaders opportunities to expand their networks and ideas challenges them to shape a more positive, peaceful and prosperous world. 

The Global Shapers Community is a scalable solution for organising and mobilising the full potential of young people. 


"Today’s youth are the best equipped to change the world and no one believes this more than we do."

- Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, Global Shaper from Kingston, Jamaica


Global Shapers Foundation Board

The Global Shapers Community is led by a board of extraordinary global leaders:

*While Jack Ma was approved in January 2017, he will begin his offcial mandate in January 2018. 

*While Jack Ma was approved in January 2017, he will begin his offcial mandate in January 2018.