Jacques Attali

Jacques Attali is an eminent economic advisor and was recently nominated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as the head of the Commission to promote French Growth. From 1981 to 1991 he was special advisor to François Mitterrand and in 1990 he became the first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD. He is chairman of A&A, an international consultancy company and the founder and president of PlaNet Finance, an international non-profit organisation that uses the Internet to combat poverty concentrating on the microfinance sector.

In 1984 he founded Eureka, the main European programme on new technologies. Then in 1989, he launched an international action programme against massive floods in Bangladesh. Recently, he also served as Conseiller d’Etat in Paris and has advised the United Nations Secretary General on nuclear proliferation.

This former advisor and scholar expounds great insights into the affects of globalisation, the changing world order, geo-political issues and the future of Europe.

A flamboyant and outspoken speaker, he never fails to instigate debates after his presentations. He is in demand for keynotes at prestigious conferences across the globe.