Pascal Lamy

Honorary President, Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute and Chair, Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations; former Director-General, World Trade Organization

Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. Pascal Lamy is currently Honorary President of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute and Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations. He is President of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), a member of the Global Ocean Commission and of the UNAIDS/Lancet Commission, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Orchestra Marc Minkowski), a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques and of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, affiliated Professor at HEC Paris and Strategic Advisor to the Simone Veil Governance Center for Europe (Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin).

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 began his career in the French civil service at the General Inspectorate of Finance and at the Treasury. In 1981 he became Adviser to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, then Deputy Head of Prime Minister’s Pierre Mauroy’s cabinet in 1983. Between 1985 and 1994, Pascal Lamy was Head of the President of the European Commission’s cabinet, and its "sherpa" at the G7. In 1994 he joined the team in charge of the recovery of the French bank Crédit Lyonnais, becoming its CEO up to its privatisation in 1999. He then returned to the European Commission, having been appointed as Commissioner for Trade under the presidency of Romano Prodi.

After his mandate in Brussels, for a short sabbatical period Pascal Lamy chaired Notre Europe, a think tank created by Jacques Delors that focuses on European integration. He also became Associate Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Adviser to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the European Socialist Party. He has received honorary degrees from eight universities as well as several awards and decorations from the French government and other countries worldwide.

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