The World Economic Forum: talking to Beijing Rotary

On Tuesday 1 April we had our regular weekly lunch of the Beijing Rotary at Kempinski Hotel.

This time, a unique speaker: Mr. Oliver Schwab, the executive director of World Economic Forum in China about the development from Davos to China. Oliver, who is resident in Beijing since several years, gave us some historical overview on the development of WEF, in particular in China.

Oliver is the son of Professor Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, an independent, impartial, not-for-profit Foundation committed to improving the state of the world. Since its inception in 1971, the Forum has become the world’s foremost multistakeholder organization and has been a driver for reconciliation efforts in different parts of the world, as well as the catalyst of numerous public-private partnerships and international initiatives. For more information:

In 1998, Klaus Schwab and his wife Hilde created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, which seeks to identify, recognize and disseminate initiatives in social entrepreneurship that have significantly improved people’s lives and have the potential to be replicated on a global scale. The Foundation supports a network of 200 social entrepreneurs around the world.
In China, the next event is the “Annual Meeting of the New Champions”, in Tianjin, 10 – 12 September 2014. The previous meeting “Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013” was held in Dalian, 11 – 13 September 2013.
You must give credit to the Professor, starting up a forum that is the talk of the business world, all over the planet.
Oliver also received a copy of my book “Toxic Capitalism”.

The rest of our lunch was filled with the usual internal updates while Sergeant-at-Arms Gilbert kept order and collected the Happy Money.