World Economic Forum Appoints Professor Knut Haanaes to Lead New Global Leadership Institute

  • Knut Haanaes becomes Dean of the World Economic Forum’s newly established Global Leadership Institute
  • Previously, Haanaes was a Senior Partner at BCG and taught at IMD Business School in Switzerland, Stanford University, BI Norwegian Business School and in the private sector
  • The Global Leadership Institute will shape the future of learning and leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Geneva, Switzerland, 06 June 2018 – The World Economic Forum announced today that Professor Knut Haanaes of IMD Business School in Switzerland is appointed the first Dean of the new Global Leadership Institute.

Haanaes joins the Forum from IMD Business School, Switzerland, where he was Professor of Strategy and Deputy Dean of the MBA programme.

The Global Leadership Institute is dedicated to ensuring the World Economic Forum will shape the future of learning and leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Forum’s Global Leadership Fellows programme is a core pillar of the Institute.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said: “I welcome Professor Haanes as Dean of our new Global Leadership Institute, and as a new colleague of our top team. With his significant experience in business and academia, and through our work as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, we will reinforce our conceptual capabilities and help develop the skills required to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

“The Global Leadership Institute provides a unique learning and development platform to enable people to work across all sectors of society to tackle some of the greatest systemic challenges facing the world today,” said Professor Haanaes.

Haanaes taught a number of programmes at IMD, including Mastering Digital Technologies, Building on Talent and Breakthrough Programme for Senior Executives, and will continue to teach select courses at IMD. Previously, he was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he served as the Global Head of BCG’s strategy practice and led the offices in Geneva and Oslo. In 2012-2014, he was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Economic Growth Models.

Haanaes has also served as Executive Director of The Research Council of Norway and held research positions at BI Norwegian Business School and Stanford University as a Sancor visiting scholar. He holds an MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and a PhD in Strategy from Copenhagen Business School.

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (