Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director, WEF

I am currently a Managing Director at the World Economic Forum and a member of its Managing Board.

I lead the Forum's Centre for the New Economy and Society, working with leaders from business, government and civil society to advance economic opportunity for all and build more prosperous, resilient and equitable economies. We create insights and partnerships on competitiveness, growth and economic development, the future of work and job creation, education and reskilling, gender parity and diversity, social mobility and global risks.

I also now lead the Forum's global communications and public engagement. I have previously led the Forum's Global Programming Group, responsible for the content, design and operations of the Forum's events, including Davos.

My book, Fifty Million Rising, on the rise of working women in the Muslim world, was longlisted for the FT's Book of the Year and won the FT/Mckinsey Bracken Bower Prize. I was honoured to be among the BBC's 100 Women, serve on the UN Secretary General's panel for Women's Economic Empowerment and the European Space Agency's high-level advisory group.

I have a Bachelors in Economics from Smith College, a Masters in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. I am Pakistani and Swiss, speak 4 languages, and have travelled in over 70 countries.

⏎ Davos 2024
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