Klaus Martin Schwab (born 30 March 1938) is a German engineer and economist best known as the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. The WEF is most famous for its annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, which attracts leading business, government, and civil society leaders from around the world.
Schwab as publisher of the World Economic Forum's 2010 "Global Redesign" report postulates that a globalized world is best managed by a self-selected coalition of multinational corporations, governments (including through the UN system), and select civil society organizations (CSOs). He argues that governments are no longer "the overwhelmingly dominant actors on the world stage" and that “the time has come for a new stakeholder paradigm of international governance”. The WEF's vision includes a "public-private" UN, in which certain specialized agencies would operate under joint state and non-state governance systems.
- 2030 Vision: Part I
- Schwab’s Admiration for Lenin
- Everybody's business: strengthening international cooperation in a more interdependent world – report of the global redesign initiative. World Economic Forum (May 2010).
- Martens, Jens (2020). "The Role of Public and Private Actors and Means in Implementing the SDGs: Reclaiming the Public Policy Space for Sustainable Development and Human Rights", Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights, Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Rights. Cham: Springer, 207–220. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-30469-0_12. ISBN 978-3-030-30468-3.