The power of youth in action

Shapers and the World Economic Forum

In 2011, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, founded the Global Shapers Community to empower young people to play an active role in shaping local, regional and global agendas.

The Global Shapers Community is a non-profit organization registered in Geneva, Switzerland and housed at the World Economic Forum. The Forum’s contribution to the Shapers organization includes significant financial and in-kind contributions for operational support including staff time, technology tools and opportunities to interact and collaborate with its membership network.

A tipping point

With the largest youth population in history, there is an unprecedented opportunity for young people to take an active role in shaping the future. This generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but has the ability to confront the status quo and offer youth-led solutions for change.

A grassroots network

Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 6,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in 160 countries.



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Wadia Ait Hamza

Head of Global Shapers Community

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Marisabel Ruiz

Guatemala City Hub, Guatemala


Nhat Vuong

Geneva Hub, Switzerland

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Miinu Lumiaho

Curator of the Helsinki Hub, Finland


Lorrana Scarpioni

Curator of the Sao Paulo Hub, Brazil


Chelsea Glaser

Seattle Hub, United States of America

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Esteban Jaramillo

Curator of the Medellin, Colombia Hub


Nunzio Martinello

Curator of the Venice, Italy Hub


Karanvir Singh

Curator of the Indor, India Hub


Curator of the Abuja, Nigeria Hub


Jenny Tchinnosian

Curator of the Buenos Aires, Argentina Hub