Emma Benameur is head of programme design at the World Economic Forum. She leads the design, development and delivery of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, its Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, and other major activities.
Emma's job is to ensure that the Forum’s participants – the world’s top business, government and civil society leaders – give and get the most they can in the time they engage in the Forum’s activities. She is passionate about designing meaningful interactions and is currently leading the creation of a centre for interaction excellence at the Forum, helping to build capacity and best practice across the organisation, engaging a network of experts from the world of social science and other human-centred research disciplines. As a member of the Forum’s Executive Committee, Emma is also actively involved in shaping the future strategy of the Forum as a platform for systems leadership.
Previously, Emma was Manager of the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Programme, overseeing 120 partnerships with top academic and research organisations worldwide in an effort to help stimulate and achieve sustained economic progress on a national level. She started her career with the Forum in 2000 in Communications and Public Engagement.
Emma is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and is on the advisory board for Save the Children, Geneva. She holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College London, specialising in design, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor of Arts from University College London. Born in London to English-Danish parents, Emma now lives in Geneva with her husband and their 9-month-old son.