Dr Jacques Attali (France)

Dr Jacques Attali (France)

Former Presidential Adviser

Synopsis

Attali has served as Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and chaired a Sarkozy commission examining the obstacles to French growth. He advocates deregulation, major investment in education and greater communication. Attali’s latest book, A Brief History of the Future, argues that by 2100 individual countries will have disappeared. What we need, as present crises in finance and climate show, are functioning world institutions and a global rule of law.

Biography

Jacques Attali founded the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is now CEO of PlaNet Finance, a not-for-profit organisation making unsecured loans to 50 million people in developing countries, helping them escape from poverty.

President Sarkozy appointed Jacques to head a commission to examine the obstacles to French growth, and to propose reforms. He advocates deregulation, major investment in education and greater communication. Additionally, he chairs an investment company specialising in new technologies, life sciences and cultural property.

Jacques Attali is a columnist for L’Express and has written forty books ranging from mathematical economics to music, novels, children’s stories and biographies.

As a thinker, Attali’s main preoccupation is to explore the concepts of music, time, medicine and property. He created the notion of New Nomadism to characterise the nature of future civilisation.

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