World Economic Forum Annual Report 2017-2018

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The World Economic Forum is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the Forum’s website, it is independent and founded with the mission to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. 

The organization holds four meetings throughout the year: 1. WEF annual meeting held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 2. New Champions annual meeting held in the People’s Republic of China, 3. Global Future Councils annual meeting held in the United Arab Emirates, and 4. the Industry Strategy meeting. Additionally, the WEF organizes communities for research on competitiveness, gender parity, and global information technology, among other issues. Leaders have the opportunity to join the TopLink collaborative intelligence platform. TopLink provides ‘Transformation Maps,’ which provide a synthesis of the organization’s events, research, and projects. 

Finally, the organization has fifty projects underway throughout the world. The projects range from ‘Shaping the Future of Constructions’ to ‘Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ to ‘Central Banks in the age of Blockchain.’ 

Annual Report 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 annual report marks a shift in the organization’s own agenda. The organization will transition to focus on its ‘new status as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.’ The organization will reflect its new status as agile, multi-stakeholder, forward-looking, and solutions-oriented. 

Among the platforms that the organization is creating include: 

Staff and Operations

The organization employs 726 individuals. 83 nationalities are represented, 57% of employees are female, and each year the organization receives 38,000 applications. 

Organizational Structure of the WEF from Annual Report 2017-2018

Below is the revenues and costs, balance sheet 2013-2018. The organization receives the largest portion of revenue from partnerships. 

World Economic Forum Balance Sheet from Annual Report 2017-2018

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