The WEF Young Global Leaders (Updated)


21-01-23 09:00:00, The Davos World Economic Forum (2020)

Published: June 2022 (upd.)
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An overview of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leaders (2005-2022) and Global Leaders for Tomorrow (1993-2003) in politics and the media.


1) Introduction 2) Young Global Leaders 3) Fact Checks 4) Appendix


The Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) is a premier forum for governments, global corporations and international entrepreneurs. Founded in 1971 by engineer and economist Klaus Schwab, the WEF describes its mission as “shaping global, regional and industry agendas” and “improving the state of the world”. According to its website, “moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.”

The World Economic Forum has been running, since 1993, a program called Global Leaders for Tomorrow, rebranded, in 2004, as Young Global Leaders. This program aims at identifying, selecting and promoting future global leaders in both business and politics. Indeed, quite a few Young Global Leaders have later managed to become Presidents, Prime Ministers, or CEOs (see below). In a speech in 2017, WEF founder Klaus Schwab described this process as “penetrating the Cabinets”.

There is some evidence that the founding of the WEF in 1971 may have been a CFR or CIA-directed Cold War initiative to help improve the public perception of Capitalism (similar to the left-wing “Congress for Cultural Freedom”,

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