About Us

“We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.”
Professor Klaus Schwab
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman

Who are we? 

The Global Shapers Community is a branch initiative of the World Economic Forum. a network of dynamic, entrepreneurial and socially-engaged young leaders aged between 20 and 30 from across the world.  Since 2011, when the community was first founded, more than 6,100 Global Shapers have joined the Community. We are organized into city-based Hubs and are committed to working together to make a positive and tangible impact through local projects in over 450 Hubs around the world.

Our mission

The Global Shapers Community brings together diverse and passionate youth to create community-focused impact through innovative, sustainable initiatives and collaborations.

See what we've already achieved

The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

Global Shapers Community

Global Shapers undertake events and activities that generate a positive impact within their local community. The community is vitalized by the manifold interactions generated inside each hub, between hubs and on a global level. Global Shapers will have an impact by catalysing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Where do we stand today?

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268+ Projects launched
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Hubs Worldwide
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Global Shapers

What makes a Global Shaper?

Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society

Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination

Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream

Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large

Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.