Project Description

The Network of Global Agenda Councils (now called Global Future Councils) was launched by the World Economic Forum in 2008. It brings together the world’s foremost experts around the most pressing issues on the global agenda.

Participants at the Summit on the Global Agenda. Copyright (cc-by-sa) © World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org/Photo Norbert Schiller)

The Councils cover topics ranging from Alternative Energies to the Welfare of Children. Each has members representing a mix of world class academics and top-level practitioners from business, public sector and civil society.

The Councils meet each year in person during the Summit in the United Arab Emirates. In between, they interact using an online platform that provides video conferencing facilities and other collaborative functions.

The Councils challenge prevailing assumptions, monitor trends, map interrelationships and address knowledge gaps. They propose innovative, new solutions to global problems and devise strategies to implement actions and to evaluate their effectiveness.

Opening of the Summit on the Global Agenda 2008

What makes the Network unique is the ability to develop ideas by reaching beyond the closed circles of specialists. Councils can use the Network to easily connect to experts on a wide range of related issues. In a world marked by short-term orientation and silo-thinking, the Global Agenda Councils foster interdisciplinary and long-range thinking to address the challenges on the global agenda.

My role

As a Knowledge Manager at the World Economic Forum (2008–2009) during the launch of the Network I

  • set up and lead five Global Agenda Councils on Entrepreneurship, Microfinance and Financial Empowerment, Mitigation of Natural Disasters, Empowering Youth, and Philanthropy and Social Investing
  • was part of the organizing team of the inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai in November 2008.