Experts Groups by Constituency

The expectation is that the preponderance of these experts would be from the traditional Davos constituencies: industry and government. 1  However, the actual distribution of the experts in the workgroups by constituency is quite different. The largest single group, comprising a third of the experts, was drawn from the academic community. One in five of these experts had a leadership role in the private sector and one in ten held a position in a national government or an international agency.

In addition to the taskforces, there were various regional and special Davos meetings to discuss concepts and outcome of the GRI. Everybody’s Business estimates that, overall, one third of the participants in the process came from the private sector. 

The distribution of experts on the taskforces by their then occupational base is given in Table 1 below:

Table 1: Participants in the Expert Groups by Constituency 

Tier Constituency Percentage of Participants
1 University-based participants 34%
2 MNC-based participants 19%
3 Government-based
International system-based
4 Bank-based
5 Foundation-based,
Think Tank-based
Science Research based
6 Business Association-based
Trade Union-based


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  1. ^ Over 1,400 business leaders from the Forum’s 1,000 Member Companies will take part in the Annual Meeting. Participants also include over 35 heads of state or government, with 19 of the G20 governments represented at the ministerial level or higher. They are joined by government ministers, central bankers, top officials from international organizations, labor leaders, religious leaders, representatives of civil society, media and leading academics. “Press Release: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to Focus on Shared Norms for the New Reality,” accessed on January 11th, 2012,
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