Global Shapers Community Charter
October 2013
I. Mission and Objectives
To build a global community of outstanding young people committed to improving the state of the world. With
its motto: Shape Your Future ¡V integrating the personal, the community and the global dimension -- the
Global Shapers Community enables youth to be a voice for the future in local, regional and global thought
processes and a catalyst of entrepreneurship in the global public interest.
To achieve its mission, the Global Shapers Community is built on a network of local Hubs located in each
major city/region in the world.

More specifically, the Community objectives are founded on three key pillars ¡V Interaction, Insight and Impact:

  • The Community will have impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh

ideas and innovative solutions to the world¡¦s most pressing challenges. Shapers will be engaged in
projects related to specific challenges identified by the local Hub and by the Global Shapers team
headquartered in Geneva. Hubs that do not adopt a Hub project in their city within the first 12
months after founding will lose their status. Hubs need to demonstrate their social engagement in
their annual activity report.


  • The Community will be vitalized by the many interactions generated inside each Hub, between Hubs

and on a global level. Complementing face-to-face meetings, emphasis will also be placed on the
virtual dimension ¡V enabling Shapers to collaborate and learn from each other and through the
Forum¡¦s members and constituents.

  • The Community will create value together with the World Economic Forum by providing Shapers

with the knowledge and insights that engender a better understanding of the global, regional and
industry agendas.

To achieve these objectives, the Global Shapers Community will also interact and collaborate with the other
members and communities of the World Economic Forum, including leaders from business, politics,
academia, civil society, science, media, art, etc.

II. Membership Benefits
Becoming a member of the Global Shapers Community provides individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Belong to a global network of outstanding young leaders who closely collaborate to shape a better

future, engaging with the broader Forum community and its members and constituents ¡V catalysed
through face-to-face and virtual dimensions.

  • Further develop leadership skills and capabilities through custom programmes, workshops, informal

gatherings, mentorship opportunities, etc. curated by local Hub.

  • Gain in-depth exposure to thought-leadership and knowledge of global, regional and industry issues.


  • Actively initiate and contribute to local, regional and global initiatives and events towards improving

the state of the world.

  • Organise and attend regional gatherings of the Shapers Community. Such Shaper-organised events

must be coordinated with the Shapers Team in Geneva. Ideally such meetings should be organised
jointly around the Regional Meetings of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Shapers
Team must be invited to represent the Team. Shaper-led gatherings organised independently of a
World Economic Forum event should be coordinated between the Host Hub and the Global Shapers

  • Engage in opportunities that enhance an entrepreneurial spirit as a means to create economic

development and social progress.

III. Membership Criteria
Potential members of the Global Shapers Community must be:

  • young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society and with

verifiable achievements

  • between 20 and 29 years old at the time of nomination
  • from all walks of life and share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest
  • highly committed to developing their leadership potential towards serving society
  • adhering to the highest standards of moral and intellectual integrity
  • possessing unique qualities that distinctly set them apart from the mainstream
  • entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project

or founded a company or organisation or having been in an influential position as part of a larger
organisation, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large

  • resident or otherwise physically close to the cities in which their home Hub is based
  • ready to deeply engage in the Shapers community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and

supporting their fellow Shapers in their individual and professional development
As the Global Shapers Community aims to be the foremost community of young leaders in their 20s, it will
establish a comprehensive nomination and selection process (in collaboration with other organizations where
relevant) to identify and select the world's most outstanding young talent and provide them with opportunities
to nurture their individual professional goals, their commitment to society, as well as their potential to
contribute to shaping the future by providing inspiring leadership.

IV. Membership Diversity
Each local Hub must:

  • Ensure the highest degree of diversity in the composition of its Shapers Community, with at least

one representative of each stakeholder group of global society and at least 30% participation of each
gender group.

  • Have no more than 1 Shaper from the same organisation/company (as their main professional


  • At maturity, each local Hub shall have a minimum of 20 Shapers and a maximum of 50 Shapers. If

the number of Shapers in a local Hub exceeds 50, one or even several additional Hubs within the
same city must be created. The new Hub(s) will be independent and have its own leadership and

  • All Hubs should reach 15 Shapers within 10 months of creation in order to continue their mandate

V. Membership Commitments
Being selected to join the Global Shapers Community implies certain commitments. In this context, by
becoming a member Shapers agree to:

  • endorse the mission and the vision outlined in this Charter.
  • adhere to the strongest principles of moral and intellectual integrity.
  • become alumni members when 33 years old or after 5 years of membership of the community
  • actively engage by participating each year in at least:

   o one of the local Hub projects; and
o one global activity developed by the Global Shapers headquarters in Geneva

  • regularly engage in the Hub¡¦s physical and virtual activities throughout the year.
  • contribute to the financial sustainability of the Community
  • adhere to the principle that the Shapers community is impartial, independent and tied to no political,

ideological or partisan interests, except of being a young entrepreneurial voice in shaping the future.

  • inform his/her local Hub if significant changes have appeared in his/her position in society.
  • be assessed against these commitments and step down from Shapers Community should s/he be

unable or unable to meet the conditions and commitments stated above.

VI. Governance of Local Shapers Hubs
The pillars of the Global Shapers Community are its people ¡V the Shapers ¡V and its local Hubs. Each local
Hub is organised in an autonomous way and must develop its own Guidelines adapted to the local context
but which adhere to all the principles outlined in this Charter. In the event of any conflict between Guidelines,
the Charter will prevail.
The local Hubs will help engage Shapers as active participants in local, regional and global affairs. Hubs will
also provide Shapers with the opportunity to actively develop and contribute to initiatives which focus on
future-oriented challenges that this community is uniquely positioned to address.
To facilitate the governance of a local Hub, the following rules apply:

  • The local Hub will be integrated into a global network ¡V the Global Shapers Community ¡V whose

Headquarters is located in Geneva.

  • A community develops mainly through personal interaction. Therefore, local Hubs place special

emphasis in ensuring that Shapers have an opportunity to meet by organising meetings and
activities that generate a positive impact. Each Hub develops its own activities/programming and
Headquarters will provide assistance in determining the different opportunities for engagement.

  • Examples of Hub activities may include: custom workshops and initiatives that provide leadership

training and mentorship opportunities or exclusive insight on specific issues; engaging in local
projects or interactive ¡¥meet the leader¡¦ series with other members and constituents of the Forum;

  • As a principle, every Shaper will have the opportunity during his/her membership to speak about

his/her own professional endeavours and interests and engage in an interactive discussion with
other members of the community.

  • The local Hub must remain impartial and independent and therefore cannot be formed on any

political, cultural, racial or religious basis. Each Shaper expresses himself or herself in his/her own
personal capacity and not on behalf of the Shapers community.

  • During the inaugural year, each Hub may be led and mentored by a Founding Curator for whom the

age criterion does not apply.
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  • By March 31 of each year, the local Hub must elect a new . Curator . to act as the Hub Chair and

whose mandate begins 1 July. A Global Shaper may serve as Curator for a maximum of two nonconsecutive

  • The current Curator, together with the . past . Curator (Outgoing Curator) and the . next . Curator

(Incoming Curator), form the Curatorship of each Hub. For the 3 months between 31 March and 1
July the Curatorship is responsible for governing the affairs of the Hub. Other leadership roles (e.g.
Vice-Curator, Secretary etc.) can be created, and these roles may either be on an elected or
appointed basis as determined by the membership of the Hub. The World Economic Forum¡¦s main
contact will remain the current Curator.

  • Each Hub must define an agreed upon process for removing a Curator who does not fulfil his or her

duties and share this with the Forum. In the event that a Curator steps down prior to the completion
of his or her term, the Vice-Curator or incoming Curator will assume the role to ensure continuity.

  • In the absence of a specific selection process for a Hub, the Curatorship of each Hub is responsible

for selecting potential members of the highest calibre and integrity, always adhering to the
membership criteria outlined in this Charter. Likewise, in the absence of a termination process for a
local Hub, the Curatorship is responsible for terminating memberships should membership rules be

  • The Curatorship is responsible for providing an annual report to Headquarters about its members

and its activities no later than August 30 (covering the period: 1 July to 30 June).

  •  The Curatorship will mobilise its members to collaborate with Headquarters on global initiatives and

engage Shapers in existing activities of the World Economic Forum and its communities. All relevant
information, such as new members, must be continuously updated on the Global Shapers
Community platform.
The Curatorship will actively work to ensure that its activities reflect positively on the Global Shapers
Community and the World Economic Forum in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest.

VII. Governance of the Global Shapers Community
The Global Shapers Community is incorporated as an independent, neutral, not-for-profit Swiss Foundation
working particularly under the patronage of the World Economic Forum.
The World Economic Forum will also provide access to all its other communities - the top leaders from
politics, business, civil society, media, science, arts and culture, faith - with the objective to provide a
maximum of possibilities for interaction and mutual mentorship.
All members of above communities have been selected based on their extraordinary achievements
complementing the Shapers who are more characterised by their extraordinary potential.
Concretely, the Global Shapers Community will be governed by a Board of Trustees responsible for ensuring
the identity, intellectual and moral integrity, long-term vision and good governance of the Global Shapers
Community. The Board includes:

  • Two senior members of the World Economic Forum leadership team
  • Five outstanding . mentor . personalities, representing the Forum¡¦s members and constituents
  • Seven active Shapers balanced in aspects like region, gender, sector, etc.

In addition to the Board of Trustees, the Global Shapers Community is managed by a dedicated team based
at Headquarters, and whose responsibilities include:

  • providing overall monitoring and guidance to local Hubs to ensure that the membership, events and

activities of each Hub remain consistent with this Charter and the mission the World Economic

  • accepting new local Hubs to the Global Shapers Community and approving their Charters and their

initial membership. Likewise, Headquarters will also be in charge of determining the closure of a
local Hub if not aligned with this Charter.

  • administering all brand and related reputational issues.
  • developing the Global Shapers Community platform to optimize interaction, as well as selecting and

approving special applications (¡§apps¡¨) to be integrated into the platform. These apps will provide
Shapers with a comprehensive set of networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration tools aimed
at enhancing their personal and professional development.

  • advising the local Hub Curatorship¡¦s on controversial issues, serving as a sounding board and

consultative body.

  • developing or authorizing global initiatives jointly with the local Curatorship¡¦s, providing support

towards the awareness-raising and execution of such initiatives and engaging Shapers in existing
activities of the World Economic Forum and its communities

  • engaging with local Hubs to select a number of Shapers to attend World Economic Forum Annual

Meetings and Regional Summits. Selected Shapers will be asked to actively participate in the main
program (e.g. as speakers in panels, as discussion facilitators, etc.) subject to availability and fit with
the program.

  • Global Meetings: Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland; Annual Meeting of the New

Champions, China; Annual Summit on the Global Agenda, United Arab Emirates

  • Regional Summits/Meetings: Africa, East Asia, Europe and Central Asia, India, Latin America,

Middle East and North Africa, North America.

  • fostering an entrepreneurial learning environment across all local Hubs, whereby experiences are

collectively shared to enhance the community learning of all Shapers

  • organising an Annual Curators Meeting of all local Hub Curators ¡V focused on insight, interaction and


VIII. Financial Sustainability
The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit organization covering its costs through partnership
arrangements and cost contributions of its members. The World Economic Forum supports the financial
sustainability of the Global Shapers Community by supporting the costs of the administrative overheads of
the global community, including the costs of the ¡§Global Hub¡¨ (staff at the Headquarters and shared
resources); such as the website and private interactive platform among others. In order to ensure good
governance, the Hub must designate a Shaper to serve as Treasurer. If the role is not allocated as a
separate function, the Curator will remain responsible for ensuring the financial responsibility, accountability
and transparency of the Hub¡¦s finances.
At a later stage, the Forum of Global Shapers will develop detailed guidelines based on three key principles:
1. Each Hub is responsible for its own financial sustainability
2. Each Hub must support the sustainability of the Global Shapers Community
3. In keeping with the not-for-profit nature of the World Economic Forum, neither individual
members nor local Hubs can pursue any commercial interests in the context of the Global
Shapers activities.

The Global Shapers Community will encourage thinking BIG - beyond boundaries. It will allow young people
to channel their tremendous energy and enthusiasm towards building a more peaceful, prosperous and
inclusive world.

Klaus Schwab
Executive Chairman
World Economic Forum
August 2013