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Guiding the Foundation


Managing the Foundation

Hilde Schwab

Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Joined husband Klaus Schwab in 1970 as first collaborator in the organization known today as the World Economic Forum. In 1998, together with her husband, created and endowed the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship to provide social entrepreneurs with a platform where they can engage global business and political leaders to solve social and environmental challenges. The Schwab Foundation has today a global network of over 350 leading social innovators. Has been instrumental in infusing a cultural, social and environmental spirit into the Forum’s activities, including the co-creation of the “Crystal Awards” to honour outstanding artists from across the world. Serves on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, including International Bridges to Justice, Global Dignity and La Chartreuse de Neuville.

François Bonnici

Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Head, Social Innovation

Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation at the World Economic Forum. Dr Bonnici is a public health physician, university professor, social change practitioner, foundation leader and author of a new book, The Systems Work of Social Change. He was the former Founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town, the first academic centre dedicated to social innovation in Africa, where he still serves as Adjunct Associate Professor.

His career is rooted in front-line medical and humanitarian work and he has worked extensively with public sector, civil society, business and philanthropy to build progressive and catalytic partnerships.

Rhodes Scholar, South Africa (1999); Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow (2013), Associate Fellow Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2018), Visiting Faculty, Geneva Graduate Institute (2019).


Working with the Foundation

We work with a variety of partners to create value for our community members and ensure our continued growth.