Pascal Lamy

Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Pascal Lamy
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In May 2015 Pascal Lamy was appointed inter-ministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025. He is currently President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, President of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Co-chair of the Equitable Access Initiative (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), member of the Global Ocean Commission and of UNAIDS and Lancet Commission, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Orchestra Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, of Transparency International France and of the Center on European Regulation, member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International and of the Oxford Martin School, and affiliate Professor at HEC Paris. He also currently serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on global governance at the World Economic Forum.

In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect, Lamy was among the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Over the span of several decades, Lamy accumulated experience and success in multiple prestigious fields.  In 1994 he joined the team in charge of the recovery of the French bank Crédit Lyonnais then becoming its CEO up to its privatization in 1999. He then returned to the European Commission having been appointed as Commissioner for Trade under the presidency of Romano Prodi.

He later began his career in the French civil service at the General Inspectorate of Finance and at the Treasury. In 1981 he became advisor of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, then Deputy Head of Prime Minister’s Pierre Mauroy cabinet in 1983.

Between 1985 and 1994, Lamy was Head of the President of the European Commission’s Cabinet, Jacques Delors, and its "sherpa" at the G- 7.

After his mandate in Brussels, Lamy chaired "Notre Europe" –  a think tank created by Jacques Delors that focuses on European integration – for a short sabbatical period. He also became associate professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the European Socialist Party.

Just before becoming the inter-ministerial delegate, Lamy served two terms (2005-2013) as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Lamy also proved his commitment to the European Union and its vision of globalization through several publications:

  • Quand la France s’éveillera (Odile Jacob, 2014)
  • The Geneva Consensus, (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Now for the Long Term (Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, 2013)
  • La Démocratie-monde – Pour une autre gouvernance globale  (Seuil, 2004)
  • L'Europe en première ligne (Seuil, 2002)
  • L'Europe de nos volontés (with J. Pisani- Ferry, Plon, 2002 The Europe we want, Arch Press / The Policy Network, 2002)
  • Report "Monde-Europe", chaired by P. Lamy in the XIth plan of the Commissariat général du Plan (Dunod, 1993)

His cumulated work has resulted in honorary degrees from eight universities as well as several awards and decorations from the French government and other countries world-wide.

He graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d' Administration (ENA).

He presents in both English and French.

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Adaption and Change in Global Governance

  • Globalisation
  • Global economy
  • Global priorities, global governance
  • Trade and trade related issues
  • Ethics of globalisation
  • Regional integration (Africa, Asia, Latin America, with specific focus on Africa)
  • Oceans
  • Tourism
  • Global health issues
  • Development (theory and practice)

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