Sebastian Buckup is Head of Programming and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. His team is shaping global, regional and industry agendas through strategic issue mapping, orchestrating stakeholder conflict, and innovating in the areas of group collaboration, experiential learning, and digital augmentation. Previously, Sebastian worked at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the UNDP Office of Development Studies in New York, and co-founded several technology start-ups in the space of financial services, talent marketing and knowledge management.
Sebastian holds a Master and Doctorate in economics from Witten/Herdecke University (Germany), and a Master in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. In his doctoral thesis, he developed an evolutionary game theory approach to explaining behavioural dynamics in the collaborative production of public goods. Broader research interests include social and geo-economic implications of globalization and technological change.
His commentary has appeared in German language newspapers Die Welt, Die Zeit, and Der Standard, as well as Huffington Post, HBR and the Forum Agenda. Since 2012, Sebastian teaches International Relations in the IOMBA at the University of Geneva.