Richard Attias, Executive Chairman

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Richard Attias is the world's top community builder for the "thinking elite". Over the last two decades, he has built a matchless reputation for helping nations, organizations and corporations catalyze the global exchange of ideas.

This talent for anticipating the most pressing issues of our time, activating global networks of thought leaders, and inspiring innovation is based on his unique experience developing some of the most influential gatherings of global leaders in the last 20 years including the World Economic Forum in Davos; the Clinton Global Initiative; the Middle East Peace Summit in Jordan; the Dalian Economic Summit in China; and the signature of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Marrakech, and most recently the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii in November, 2011.

Attias is also the founder and chairman of The New York Forum, an annual invitation-only forum for global CEOs, economists and business leaders to share ideas and provide recommendations for new business models in a post-crisis world. He is also the Chairman of Columbia University's Center on Capitalism and Society; formed in 2002 to study the workings of well-functioning modern economies, understand how these economies got their dynamism, and how this dynamism impacts employment, among other topics.

Prior to establishing his base in New York, Attias served as a special advisor in 2008 to the Emirate of Dubai to devise a comprehensive strategy to make the city a destination for major conferences,

and cultural and sporting events. This role followed nearly a decade at Publicis Groupe, where he is credited with creating the first worldwide events network Publicis Events Worldwide in 2004, before ultimately being named Chairman of PublicisLive in 2007. With a staff of more than 600 employees, Attias specialized in the conception and production of international conferences and high-profile events.

Richard Attias is a global citizen, born in Fez, Morocco with a degree in civil engineering and a Masters in mathematics and physics. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French and, although he is currently based in New York, he travels regularly across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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