Studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, University of Fribourg and Harvard University; degrees include doctorates in Mechanical Engineering and Economics (summa cum laude). 1972-2003, Professor of Business Policy, University of Geneva. 1971, founded the World Economic Forum as a not-for-profit foundation and built it into the foremost international institution for public-private cooperation; 1998, Co-Founder, with wife Hilde, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, supporting social innovation around the world; 2004, Founder, Forum of Young Global Leaders; 2011, Founder, Global Shapers Community. Numerous honorary doctorates. Several honorary professorships. Recipient of international and highest national honours for initiatives undertaken in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest and for peace and reconciliation efforts in several regions of the world.
Former: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway; Minister of Trade and Industry; Minister of the Environment; Deputy Chairman, Norwegian Conservative Party; Member, Storting, Norwegian Parliament; Member, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and Deputy Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy and Environment; Chairman, UN Commission on Sustainable Development; Secretary-General, Norwegian Red Cross; International Vice-Chairman, China Council for Int'l Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council); Chairman of the Board, Mesta (Norway's largest company in infrastructure maintenance); Member of the Board Norwegian School of Economics; Managing Director, World Economic Forum. Member of the Board, Statoil. Member of the UN High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. Political Adviser to Conservative Party Chairman; Chairman, Young Conservatives; CFO, KB-entrepreneur; Member, Municipal Executive Board, Trondheim; BA Norwegian Univ. of Science and Tech. Since 2017, President, World Economic Forum. Member, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Core Advisory Council (since 2018). Recipient of awards and honours, including: Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico (2018); Grand Cross of the Order of San Carlos, Colombia (2018); Commander, Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav (2005); Cavaliere Di Gran Croce, Italy (2005); Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece (2004); "Gift to the Earth", WWF (2004).