Jacques Attali is a French economist, writer and senior civil servant. Former adviser to President François Mitterrand and first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Foreign Policy Magazine recognized him as one of the top 100 "global thinkers" in the world, noting that at the request of President Nicolas Sarkozy, Attali led a committee that delivered a groundbreaking report advising Sarkozy on how to ignite the growth of the French economy by trimming the French bureaucracy and initiating many free market reforms.
1970 - member of the Council of State;
1968 - Lecturer at the Paris Dauphine University;
1979 - founded the international NGO Action contre la Faim (ACF);
1982 - As "sherpa" of Mitterrand during 10 years, he organised the Paris G7 summit;
1985 - co-founded the European program EUREKA, dedicated to the "development of new technologies".
1990 - founded the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in London, and became its first President. He had initiated the idea of this institution in June 1989, before the fall of the Berlin wall, in order to support the reconstruction of Eastern European countries. Jacques Attali thus founded the first institution dedicated to Eastern Europe. Under the leadership of its President, the EBRD promoted investments which aimed at protecting nuclear power plants, protecting the environment and, more generally, developing infrastructure and reinforcing private sector competitiveness.
1994 - founded Attali & Associates (A&A), which gathers all the competences in strategy consulting, corporate finance and venture capital to help companies develop on the long run with profitability.
1998 - founded PlaNet Finance, a non-profit organization which is active in more than 80 countries and provides funding, technical assistance and advisory services to 10,000 microfinance players and stakeholders.
2012 - became a member of the Supervisory board of Kepler Capital Markets, a Swiss broker based in Geneva.
Analyse économique de la vie politique
Prize of the Academy of Sciences, 1972
Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, 2011