Richard Samans, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum LLC
Richard Samans is Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is currently responsible for Policy and Institutional Impact and co-leading its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Over the years (including from 2001 to 2011), he led the development and coordination of the Forum’s portfolio of public-private partnership initiatives while managing its relations with governments, international organizations, NGOs and other non-business constituencies. Forum initiatives engage over 500 global and regional companies in partnerships in which they combine their core competencies with those of governments, civil society and academia to address economic, environmental, humanitarian, and governance challenges. He is responsible for the Forum’s action and policy oriented multistakeholder initiatives on major global challenges, relations with intergovernmental and civil society organizations and portfolio of public-private cooperation projects. He also co-directs the Forum’s new Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute, where he led the organization’s transformation from a start-up non-governmental organization to a treaty-based intergovernmental institution active in over 20 countries. He previously served in the US White House as Special Assistant for International Economic Policy to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to that, he was Economic Policy Adviser to US Senate Democratic Leader Thomas A. Daschle and served in a range of roles in other public, private, and research institutions. Since 2007, he has also served as Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, a consortium of business and environmental organizations that has established a common framework for reporting of carbon-related corporate performance and risks in mainstream reports to the investment community.