Professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva, 1972-2002. Honorary Professorship and six honorary doctorates (the latest from London School of Economics). Author of several books, the annual The Global Competitiveness Report
(since 1979) and many other publications.
Founded the World Economic Forum in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation building it into the foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world.
Recipient of numerous academic, international and national honours for initiatives undertaken in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest and for peace and reconciliation efforts in several regions. He and his wife Hilde founded The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
in 1998 as a non-profit organization to identify, disseminate and support the work of accomplished social entrepreneurs around the world.