Immediately after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the World Knowledge Forum was launched in October 2000 after two years of preparation with the ambition to transform Korea into a knowledge driven nation. Since then, the World Knowledge Forum has taken on the role as a platform for discussions to reduce knowledge gaps through knowledge sharing, and promote balanced global economic growth and prosperity. A total of over 4,200 global speakers and 46,300 audiences have participated since the first forum with the theme of "Shaping the New Millennium with Knowledge" in 2000, and the forum has now become the biggest knowledge festival in the world.
Past speakers at the World Knowledge Forum include the following: George W. Bush, The 43rd President of the United States of America; Tony Blair, The 73rd Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Nicolas Sarkozy, The 23rd President of the French Republic; Gerhard Schroeder, The 7th Former German Chancellor; Yoshiro Mori, The 85th Prime Minister of Japan; John Howard,
The 25th Prime Minister of Australia; Jim Y. Kim, The 12th President of World Bank; Le Luong Minh, The 13th Secretary-General of ASEAN; Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation; Richard Branson, Founder & CEO of Virgin Group; Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies; Larry Ellison, Chairman and CEO of Oracle Corporation; George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management; Larry Summers, 71st US Secretary of the Treasury; Paul Krugman, Professor at Princeton University; Gregory Mankiw, Professor at Harvard University; Paul Kennedy, Professor at Yale University; Michael Porter, Professor at Harvard University; Francis Fukuyama, Author of “The End of History”; and Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the World Knowledge Forum, around 250 speakers and 3,500 audiences will gather to discuss various
agendas under this year’s theme of “Knowledge Revolution 5.0: Perspicacity Towards Prosperity for All”.
Speakers are Francois Hollande, The 24th President of the French Republic; Esko Aho, The 37th Prime Minister of Finland; Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA); Steve Chen, GV Advisor & Co-Founder of YouTube; Brian Duperreault, CEO of AIG; Jan Mrosik, COO of Siemens Digital Industries; Rajeev Dubey, Group President of Mahindra & Mahindra; Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House; Nouriel Roubini, Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business & CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, and many other world renowned speakers will be attending to grace the occasion.