The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Annual Summit event kicked off August 31, 2022 and ends September 2, 2022.
For a fee or trial membership you can attend the event and future upcoming events.
The organization known for Transhumanism, the 4th industrial revolution, climate change and their most famous “eat z bugs” hosts ‘professionals’ from all over the world in this 3-day summit.
Here is their line up of events:
|Opening Plenary: Inspiring New Leadership, 31 August, 15:00 CET |
YGL Perspectives: Big Ideas for Positive Change, 1 September,11:45 CET
Stakeholder Dialogue: Forum Impact, 1 September, 14:00 CET
Closing Plenary: Stepping Up for the Future, 2 September, 11.00 CET
The WEF boasts members from around the globe including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, and Ivanka Trump. In 2015 “Ivanka has been included in Fortune magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list (2014) and was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2015).”
Research conducted by a group called TNI have taken a close look at the World Economic Forum’s Board to see who they represent, their economic interests and political beliefs.
According to the World Economic Forum, its mission is to “improve the state of the world” and to “shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
WEF’s own statistics of attendance at the 2015 shown that it was highly dominated by men (83%), mainly from Europe and the US (75%).
Meanwhile its year-round membership is made up exclusively of 1000 of the world’s biggest multinational corporations, most with more than US$5 billion in turnover.
The research by TNI concluded that:
- Only 6 of its 24 Board members are women (25%)
- 16 are from North America and Europe (67%). In 2015, There was not one African Board member until recently in 2020.
- Half of the Board (12) are currently corporate executives. However if you look at their careers, 16 have a corporate background (67%)
- 22 of the 24 went to universities in US and Europe; 10 went to the same university (Harvard)
- Only one member can be said to represent civil society (Peter Maurer of Red Cross). There are no representatives of trade unions, public sector organisations, human rights groups, peasant or indigenous organisations, students and youth.
The TNI website states a closer look at the backgrounds of some of the Board members also reveals a high prevalence of narrow ideological thinking and conflicts of interest. A number are leaders of corporations with a history of social and environmental abuses – all of which raises serious questions about the Board’s supposed mission to “promote true global citizenship”.
- Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestlé is known for declaring the human right to water as an ‘extreme’ view. Nestle has a controversial corporate history in relation to bottling of water, marketing of babymilk substitutes and child labour on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast
- Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF, is currently facing charges in French courts for “negligence” for her role in a 2008 €403 million arbitration deal in favour of businessman Bernard Tapie.
- Mukhesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, is known for being India’s richest man, with a $1 billion home with 27 floors for a family of six in a country where 40% of the country’s children are malnourished
- Heiko Takenaka, Director of Global Security Research Institute, Keio University, Japan has faced political controversy over his postal privatisation plan as well as for switching residential status between Japan and the United States in order to avoid income tax.
The group TNI says WEF likes to project itself as a concerned global actor, distressed by growing inequality and concerned to build a progressive globalisation. However when its own governing structures are dominated by the richest oligarchs and corporate executives obsessed with minimising regulations for corporate profits, it raises questions about whose interests they really serve.
Political scientist and TNI Board President Susan George has called these elites, the “Davos Class”, a “nomadic, powerful and interchangeable” class that “despite its members’ nice manners and well-tailored clothes, is predatory.”
The real concern is not just that the ‘Davos class’ gets a chance to meet and strategize, but rather that they advance global agendas that largely serve their own economic interests and disproportionately impact on the poor, with no democratic accountability.
At the Geneva, Switzerland event held September 2, 2020 – 2 years ago to date, The World Economic Forum appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees. Rwanda’s Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation Paula Ingabire (we’ll touch more on Rwanda in another article) and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Thomas Buberl join the group serving as guardians of the Forum’s mission and values, and which oversees the Forum’s work in promoting true global citizenship.
The Board of Trustees, the highest governing body of the World Economic Forum, is responsible for its strategy. Its composition reflects the multistakeholder concept, integrating leaders from governments, international organizations, business, civil society, and academia, with all major regions represented.
“With the nomination of Minister Paula Ingabire, the Forum wants to highlight the strong relationship between Africa, and particularly Rwanda, and our organization, said Professor Klaus Schwab, Found and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “She also represents the voice of the Young Global Leaders community of the WEF, for which she is a member. Thomas Buberl, is a well-recognized European business leader who stands for the Forum’s commitment to stakeholder capitalism.”
“I am delighted to join the board of trustees of the World Economic Forum,” said Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer of AXA. “Its long-standing commitment to solving the great challenges of our time by bringing a diversity of people and ideas to the table is more relevant than ever.”
As of 2 September 2020, the Members of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum are:
Klaus SCHWAB* Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
Peter BRABECK-LETMATHE,* Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum, Chairman Emeritus, Nestlé SA, Switzerland
H.M. Queen Rania AL ABDULLAH of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Mukesh AMBANI, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
Marc BENIOFF, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA
Thomas BUBERL, Chief Executive Officer, AXA, France
Mark CARNEY, Finance Adviser on the 26th Conference of the Parties to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (is a Canadian economist and banker who served as the governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 to 2013 and the governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020. Since October 2020, he is vice chairman and head of Impact Investing at Brookfield Asset Management.)
Laurence FINK, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, USA
Chrystia FREELAND, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of Canada (Of Ukrainian heritage was recently in the news after being ambushed in Alberta during her meeting the Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney, former Minister of Immigration Canada.)
Orit GADIESH,** Chairman, Bain & Company, USA
Kristalina GEORGIEVA, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC
Fabiola GIANOTTI, Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
Al GORE, Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001); Chairman and Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management LLP, USA
Herman GREF, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation
Angel GURRÍA, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
André S. HOFFMANN,* Non-Executive Vice-Chairman, Roche Holding Ltd., Switzerland
Paula INGABIRE, Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation of Rwanda
Christine LAGARDE, President, European Central Bank (ECB)
Jack MA, Alibaba Board of Directors, Alibaba Group, People’s Republic of China
Yo-Yo MA, Cellist
Peter MAURER, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland
Luis MORENO,** President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
Patrice MOTSEPE, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa
L. Rafael REIF, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
David M. RUBENSTEIN, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, Carlyle Group, USA
Mark SCHNEIDER, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé, Switzerland
Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM, Senior Minister of Singapore
Jim Hagemann SNABE,** Chairman, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG, Germany; Chairman, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Denmark
Feike SYBESMA,** Honorary Chairman, Royal DSM, Netherlands
Heizo TAKENAKA,** Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan (2002-2006)
Min ZHU,* President, National Institute of Financial Research, People’s Republic of China
What are your thoughts on the WEF? Its members and those who are political leaders of Countries. Do you think there is a conflict of interest?
Are our elected leaders working for the people who elected them or Klaus Schwab and the WEF agenda? Does the WEF agenda serve the people’s interests?
Here is a list of your Canadian elected officials that are ALL members or involved with the World Economic Forum.
We’ve listed a few of their names here:
Current Governor General of Canada
Supreme Court of Ontario
Court of Appeal of Ontario
Canadian Ambassador to China
Chair Advisory Council on Economic Growth
Until 2019, member of the Canadian Government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth
Young Global Leader
General Director at Finance Canada
Chief Trade Commissioner 2017
President Centre for China
Globalization Canada Quebec Government Office in Hong Kong and Greater China
Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments
Also See Education
Clerk of Privy Council
Secretary to Cabinet & More
Also See Education
Until 2021 Liberal Cabinet Minister
Senate Ratna Omidvar
Former Leader of the Opposition
(Removed from WEF Website Week of Feb 21/22)
Toronto Centre – (Resigned due to We Charity Scandal)
Parliamentary Secretary 2006
Priivy Council 2008
Minister Employment & Social Development 2008-2013
Minister National Defence 2015-2016
Premier Alberta 2019-Present (A WEF member with Chrystia Freeland (WEF Board of Trustees). Chrystia Freeland went to meet Premier Kenney when she was recently ‘ambushed’ in Calgary, Alberta)
Prime Minister of Canada
York South – Weston ON
Whitby Ajax ON
Deceased (late husband of Ontario MPP and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott)
Michelle Rempel Garner
Young Global Leader
Calgary Nose Hill AB
***Poilievre was on the WEF website in 2021 but has since been removed. Read more here***
***We have not found evidence of membership at this time, however, Bernier did attend a WEF Annual meeting in January 2008. Read more here***
Prime Minster of Canada
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
WEF Board of Trustees
Leader of the NDP
From the looks of this, Canada from the Federal level have no official oppositions at Parliament Hill. They are all one working for the same team, The World Economic Forum.