Task Force Members

The Task Force comprises seventeen leaders drawn from the financial, technology. policy. regulatory and international
development communities.


Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Richard Samans is a Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum, an independent non-partisan international organization dedicated to advancing public-private cooperation on global, regional and industry challenges. Over the years (including from 2001 to 2011), he has been responsible for developing and coordinating the Forum’s portfolio of public-private partnership initiatives while managing its relations with governments, international organizations (including the G20/B20 processes) and civil society. Forum initiatives engage over 600 global and regional companies in partnerships in which they combine their core competencies and resources with those of governments, civil society and academia to address economic, social, environmental and industry challenges. He also co-led the establishment of its Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a global network of public-private institutions that is developing and piloting policies related to the governance of advanced technologies and their impact on societies, and he manages its Platform for the Future of Trade and Global Economic Interdependence.

From 2011 to 2013, Rick was Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute and led its transformation from a start-up non-governmental organization to a treaty-based intergovernmental institution supporting the development and financing of low carbon, resource-efficient economic strategies in over twenty 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 of the National Security Council, coordinating a range of international trade, financial, labor, environmental and development issues. Prior to that, he served as economic policy adviser to US Senate Democratic Leader Thomas A. Daschle; senior legislative assistant to the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee; and Associate Director of the Competitiveness Policy Council, a non-partisan federal advisory commission. He started his career in wholesale corporate banking in the Wall Street branch of a major international bank. Since 2007, he has been Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, a consortium of business and environmental organizations that has established a common framework for disclosure of carbon and other environmental aspects of corporate performance and risks in mainstream reports to the investment community. He has also been serving as a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the International Integrated Reporting Council and its Corporate Reporting Dialogue.