GENEVA — Adrian Monck, who oversaw the development of the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) extensive content platform, is stepping down after almost 14 years with the international institution.

Monck, who served as managing director, led public engagement at WEF since 2009, reshaping WEF's content offering for a digital age. This included significant efforts across digital storytelling, video, social media and email, while also handling the sustained media scrutiny that the organisation's meetings attracts. 

Monck also served as a member of WEF's managing board since 2015, responsible for the institution's Global Shapers Community and Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Before joining WEF, Monck was professor and head of journalism at London's City University. He previously founded Five News during a 12-year career with ITN.

Announcing his departure on LinkedIn, Monck described his time at WEF as "the greatest privilege" of his career. "From creating a global storytelling platform, to putting refugees centre stage in Davos, and in helping guide the institution through a global pandemic, I am leaving the Forum both fortunate and grateful – especially to all of you."

Monck told PRovoke Media that he plans to take a break. It is understood that WEF will not directly replace his role, but will divide his responsibilities among the managing board, which is led by president Børge Brende.

The recent 2023 WEF Annual Meeting — the first Winter edition to take place since 2019 — attracted more than 2,700 delegates, but was also notable for questions about WEF executive chairman Klaus Schwab's succession strategy. 

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