Press Release

VillageReach President to Attend World Economic Forum
Allen D. Wilcox heads to Davos with Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

SEATTLE, Washington, January 15, 2016 – VillageReach President Allen Wilcox will attend the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland January 20th-23rd convening the foremost political, business and societal leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Wilcox will attend as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, joining a delegation of twenty-four other Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs, distinguished leaders of for-profit and non-profit organizations advancing the field of social innovation.

Wilcox was selected as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 based on VillageReach’s business model and development of proven health system innovations that address key barriers to quality healthcare for low-resource communities.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Forum as a representative of VillageReach and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs. As social entrepreneurs, each of us brings a slightly different perspective to global economic development be it global health, agriculture, education or other social impact practices, and having access to share our ideas with this audience is quite remarkable,” says Wilcox.

Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the World Economic Forum. They contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs as well as interactions with top leaders in business, government, civil society and the media.

About VillageReach
VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities.

About the Schwab Foundation
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs through its annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and involving the community of award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Today the Schwab Foundation manages the largest late-stage network of social enterprises in the world: 320 for-profit and non-profit organizations with operations in 60 countries. Learn more about the principles of social entrepreneurship and browse the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs.

About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests, working in close cooperation with all major international organisations. The Forum engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to improve the state of the world. Learn more at http://www.weforum.org.

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