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An exclusive group of
peer executives
corporate purpose to life.

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About the
Executive Circle

The Executive Circle is a series of interactions from World Economic Forum 2021 to World Economic Forum 2022. It enables open and informative conversations between leading executives who foster purposeful transformation at their companies through concrete action – an insightful peer exchange between executives.

The Executive Circle accompanies the Unusual Pioneers Program, supporting social intrapreneurs to create tangible social or environmental impact through innovative business models. That way, the Executive Circle combines strategic foresight with concrete action. Partners include the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organization of the World Economic Forum.

The Executive Circle
allows you to achieve the following:

  • 01 Learn
  • 02 Network
  • 03 Shape

The Executive Circle allows you to achieve the following:


about concrete methods, benchmarks and peer experiences in transforming companies into net positive contributors to planet and society*.

*companies that return more to society and planet than they consume


with fellow corporate leaders to understand the impact of social innovation on long-term value creation, employee engagement and innovation.


how companies creates value for all stakeholders and take a leadership role in designing the stakeholder economy. Personally support the growth of the social intrapreneurship initiative that drives purpose transformation at your company.

“Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change.”

Prof. Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Economis

Why should
you participate?

First-Time Intrapreneurs
Why should you participate?
  • 01Enjoy an open exchange amongst peers and expand your network with purpose-driven executives
  • 02Take leadership in defining a new economic chapter and create tangible results in driving transformation at your company
  • 03Learn from category leaders about their journey, challenges and best practices
Experienced Intrapreneurs
What to expect?
  • 01Key events around upcoming world economic forum events (World Economic Forum Annual meetings in 2021 and 2022, and the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in 2021)
  • 02Assessment of your company’s progress towards net positivity. Concrete deliverables and milestones to take action during and after the program
  • 03“Pulse-Check" sessions in between events as additional support within your transformational journey
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Impact of Purpose on
Financial Performance

Purpose-driven companies are more ambitious, attract the best talent, inspire richer innovation, make faster decisions, have greater loyalty, are more resilient against shocks, and attract more investment.

Why do purpose-driven companies do better
Deep Dive: Why do purpose-driven companies do better
by peter fisk


Saskia Bruysten
Saskia Bruysten CEO Yunus Social Business Former BCG Consultant, LSE Alumna, Bold Women Award, Forbes 30 under 30.
Daniel Nowack
Daniel Nowack Managing Director Entrepreneur, ex-Startup CFO, ex-Merck & Co. Inc., Google Mentor, Lecturer
Lisa Guggenmos
Lisa Guggenmos Program Lead ex-MAN Truck & Bus, ex-Rockt, ex-de:Hub, social intrapreneur, MAN Impact Accelerator
Francois Bonnici
Francois Bonnici Head of Schwab Foundation Physician & Professor, WEF, Bertha Centre (Cape Town) & Skoll Centre (Oxford)