Olivier M. Schwab

Managing Director, World Economic Forum

MSc in Civil Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1999-2001, as Business Development Manager, Industry to Industry, San Francisco, an online business marketplace. 2003, Co-Founder, Club Airways, a pan-European airline charter service based in Geneva. 2002-03, consulting projects, Mercer Management Consultants. 2003-09, with Schindler Group, first as Assistant to the President, then as Manager, Logistics and Supply Chain for the company’s high-end product lines for the Asian market. With the World Economic Forum: 2010-11, led the Technology Pioneers Programme, Geneva; 2011-15, Executive Director, China, responsible for the development in the Greater China Region, based in Beijing; oversaw the development of relationships with leading Chinese businesses, government entities, and academic institutions; since Sept. 2015, Head of Business Engagement; leads the relationships with the Forum’s 1,000 business members and partners; responsibilities include ensuring that the Forum’s Partners are actively engaged in its various events and initiatives, and integrating them in the Forum’s various communities; also oversees the Technology Pioneers Programme aimed at young start-ups globally, and the Family Business Community.