Global Future Councils

  • The World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost multistakeholder and interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. 
  • This network convenes more than 1000 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, international organizations, business and civil society, grouped in expertise-based thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community and members are nominated for a one-year period.
  • They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional and industry events, as well as into global decision-making processes.
  • SFO works very closely with these Future Councils to provide thought leadership on key global challenges, and the impact and governance of emerging technologies, monitor trends, identify global risks, discuss ideas and explore interconnections between issues. 


  • Global Future Council members provide strategic insights, scientific evidence, forward guidance and multidisciplinary understanding of major issues that will shape the post-COVID world through:
    • Identifying and monitoring the latest trends, scientific research and frontier technologies with significant potential to transform societies, industries and regions.
    • Contributing their expertise and knowledge, sharing key lessons and developing innovative ideas to “building back better” initiatives of industry, regional and solution platforms.
    • Providing decision-makers from business and government with a multidisciplinary understanding of the strategic implications.
    • Deepening understanding of the drivers and enablers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how emerging technologies can be leveraged to address global, regional and industry issues.
    • Informing the World Economic Forum’s strategic initiatives by providing feedback on the direction of existing projects as well as new areas of focus.
    • Increasing public awareness of the potential benefits and risks related to major breakthroughs

Members' engagement

  • Council members participate regularly in online interactions and council activities via the Forum’s TopLink platform, emails and regular virtual meetings. The council delivers its outcomes as part of the Forum’s ongoing projects, initiatives and meetings.







Global Future Council on Agile Governance






Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity






Global Future Council on Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality






Global Future Council on China





Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow




Global Future Council on Clean Air





Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies



Global Future Council on Cybersecurity




Global Future Council on Energy Transition


Global Future Council on Geopolitics 



Global Future Council on Healthy Ageing and Longevity 

Global Future Council on Human Rights

Global Future Council on Investing

Global Future Council on Japan 

Global Future Council on Media, Entertainment and Sport

Global Future Council on Mental Health



Global Future Council on Nature-Based Solutions





Global Future Council on Net-Zero Transition






Global Future Council on Responsive Financial Systems

Global Future Council on Scientific Collaboration

Global Future Council on SDG Investment

 Global Future Council on Space


 Global Future Council on Sustainable Tourism

Global Future Council on Synthetic Biology


Global Future Council on Systemic Inequalities and Social Cohesion

Global Future Council on the Korean Peninsula

Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Economic Growth and Recovery


 Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Equity and Social Justice 

 Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Fragility and Resilience 








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