The 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Forum was hosted in Monaco - the second smallest country in the world. What it lacks in size, it makes up in attitude and glam and commands a special status in Europe. Home to roughly 125 different nationalities, the Principality of Monaco is a unique example of an elite multicultural society in a European setting.
Over the course of two days, over 340 delegates had the exclusive chance to meet and exchange with global leaders, industry specialists, visionaries, entrepreneurs, celebrities and high net worth individuals from around the world.
The 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Forum brought together an impressive list of speakers and guests who shared their vision and thought leadership through carefully planned presentations and plenary sessions making the Global Citizen Forum the leading platform for exchange on global citizenship.
Mr. Kofi A. Annan
7th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation
Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. As a true global citizen, his work with the Kofi Annan Foundation is to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more secure world.
Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony
Prime Minister, Saint Lucia
Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony has been Prime Minister of Saint Lucia since 2011, a post he held from 1997 to 2006. As leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, he was Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2011. In the Labour government that led the country from 1979 to 1982, he was Special Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture from August 1979 to December 1980, then Minister of Education from December 1980 to March 1981. He was a member of the secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from March 1995 until he was elected leader of the Labour Party. In 1997, while Prime Minister, he was also the Minister of Finance and Broadcasting. During his leadership and his party's reign, Hon. Dr. Anthony led Saint Lucia to record development in tourism, infrastructure and general economic development. Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
Mr. Armand Arton
Founder, Global Citizen Forum
President & CEO, Arton Capital
Armand Arton has an extensive background serving the specialized needs of high net worth and ultra high net worth investors and is a trusted advisor to government agencies around the world in the fields of residence and citizenship planning through immigrant investor programs. His career began in the wealth management division of BMO Nesbitt Burns and evolved as an Executive Vice President with Hampton Securities. He then founded Arton Capital, which grew in the following years and expanded its services internationally. He is also a patron of the Sovereign Art Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mr. Jacques Attali
Economist, professor and writer
Economist, professor, writer, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of France from 1981 to 1991, founder and first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993, Jacques Attali is the co-founder of PlaNet Finance, or today, Positive Planet, and has been President since 1998. He also founded Action Against Hunger in 1980. He is the author of sixty-five books, translated into more than twenty languages with eight million copies sold around the world, including essays (on subjects ranging from mathematical economics to music), biographies, novels, children's stories and theatre plays.
Mr. José Manuel Barroso
Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004)
11th President of the European Commission (2009-2014)
Former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004), Mr. Barroso was elected President of the PSD political party, which won enough seats to form a coalition government in 2002. In 2004, following his nomination by the European People's Party, José Manuel Barroso became the 11th President of the European Commission, and was re-elected again for a second 5-year mandate in 2009.
Ms. Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO
Irina Bokova is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead UNESCO. As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing. Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" (OIF). As Secretary of State for European integration and as Foreign Minister, Irina Bokova has always advocated for European integration.
Mr. Tyler Brûlé
Editor in Chief, Monocle and CEO of Winkreative
Global Citizen, journalist, entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé is the founder and editor-in-chief of Monocle, the global media brand distinctive through its mix of smart journalism, international awareness and razor-sharp design aimed at Global Citizens who are locals no matter where they land.He writes the “Fast Lane” column for the weekend edition of the Financial Times, covering his observations on travel, international design trends and high-end consumer goods.
Ms. Regina Catrambone
Co-Founder, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
Regina Catrambone with her husband Christopher are founders of Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels. In addition, they are also founders of Tangiers, a leading global business specializing in insurance, emergency assistance, and intelligence.
Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti
Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
Dr Chetcuti heads the firm's Private Clients practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning. Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is an international law firm based in Valletta, Nicosia and London. Dr Chetcuti is a key advisor on Malta Citizenship by Investment, Malta Golden Visa and Malta Global Residence Program. Holding licence IIP 001, he was the first to be licensed by Identity Malta and to obtain the first citizenship approvals under the program. Dr Chetcuti is Chairman of STEP Malta branch, member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates, executive council member of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, founder and ex-president of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)
Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, NATO
Advisory Board Member, Clinton Global Initiative
Gen. Wesley Clark has served 34 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and was named director for strategic plans and policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In August 2000, Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Mr. Nick Clooney
Journalist, anchorman, television host, writer and an actor
Brother of singer Rosemary Clooney and the father of actor George Clooney, Nick Clooney has a long career as a journalist and news anchor in various TV stations the US under whose leadership, WKRC-TV became #1 in the local news ratings. Clooney became a strong activist for Darfur, where together with George Clooney they filmed a documentary, A Journey to Darfur, with the proceeds from the DVD sales being donated to the International Rescue Committee to help the people of Darfur. Nick Clooney appeared in The Monuments Men which was directed by his son, George Clooney, who played one of the leading characters.
Mr. Mario David
Vice President of the European People's Party
Member of the European Parliament
Mario David is a Vice President of the European People's Party and a Member of the European Parliament from Portugal. A medical doctor, he joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in 1979 and was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 1989 and was during a period the Secretary General of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. In 2002 he became political adviser to Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso and in 2004 he was appointed Secretary of State for European Affairs. In 2009 he runs and gets elected again to the European Parliament.
Mr. Mark Dubowitz
Executive Director, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Mark Dubowitz is the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, and nonproliferation. A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mr. Dubowitz heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the author or co-author of more than twenty studies on economic sanctions. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy. Mark is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran’s nuclear program.
Hon. Charles Fernandez
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Antigua and Barbuda
Hon. Charles Fernandez is a Labour Party politician from Antigua and Barbuda who has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade since June 2014. He joined the Labour Party in 1984 and was appointed to Senate in 1995 by Prime Minister Lester Bird where he served until 2004. During his time in the Senate, he was also the Chairman of the Board of The Free Trade and the Chairman of the Board of The Medical Benefits Scheme. Fernandez was elected to the House of Representatives in the 2009 Elections for the St. John’s Rural North Constituency, where he presently resides with his family.
Ms. Aviva Freudmann
Research Director, CEMEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Aviva Freudmann manages research programs in Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the Economist Intelligence Unit, based in Frankfurt, Germany. She has nearly 40 years of experience as a journalist, researcher and editor covering a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, insurance and risk management, transport, logistics, energy and environmental protection.
Mr. David Friedman
Co-founder and President of Wealth-X
David is the co-founder and president of Wealth-X. Prior to co-founding the firm, he spent several years as Managing Director at CB Richard Ellis, as an advisor to the Saudi Royal Family, Jumeirah Capital, Kuwait Finance House, the Government of Puerto Rico and the Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund. David is a noted author and speaker on UHNW business development practices and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Guardian, CNBC and Fox Business.
Mr. Tony Hadjiloucas
Partner, in charge of Wealth Management Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mr. Hadjiloucas is in charge of Wealth Management Services at PwC Cyprus. He advises wealthy individuals and families from around the world on protecting, managing and growing their wealth. Areas of focus include economic citizenship, residency and domicile, trust, estate and succession planning, family governance, optimising net return from investment portfolios, personal and business Intellectual Property (IP), M and A and philanthropy.
Mr. Wyclef Jean
Grammy Award-Winning Musician, Record Producer, Actor and Philanthropist
A three-time Grammy Award winner, Wyclef Jean has sold more than 30 million albums throughout his career with The Fugees and later as a solo artist. Wyclef Jean moved with his family from Haiti to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine but has been active supporter of his native country. As a Goodwill Ambassador Wyclef Jean has worked with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. President Bill Clinton in an effort to bring worldwide awareness to Haiti. He was actively involved with the US government-funded Clean Streets project, which also saw support from the Jolie-Pitt foundation to clean the streets of the Port-au-Prince area, create jobs and generate a more stable environment in the process. Wyclef Jean wrote the song "Million Voices" for the film Hotel Rwanda among others and has appeared in multiple films and documentaries.
Mr. Nuri Katz
President and Founder, Apex Capital Partners
Mr. Katz has international experience in the field of immigration and residency planning, citizenship acquisition, crossborder property and other investments. Mr. Katz is a licensed member of The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the governing board of Canadian immigration consultants. He is also a government authorized citizenship representative in the twin-island nations of St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean, and licensed by the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission as a registered agent for International Business Companies (IBCs), trusts and foundations.
In September 2015 Mr. Katz was nominated to be the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Russian Federation
HE Sheikha Al Maskari
Chairperson, Al Maskari Holding
Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari is the Chairperson of the Al Maskari Holding and has been recognized by Forbes Middle East in their 2015 list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women. She is the founder of the United Mercy Foundation, which sponsors orphans and orphanages, provides food, medical and emergency relief especially in crisis zones, in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In 2003, she co-founded the Diyarbakir Microcredit Project in Turkey, which has since successfully launched over 70,000 entrepreneurs. She is a Board Member of Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), Women For Sustainable Growth (W4SG), the International High Advisory Board of International Cooperation Platform (ICP), and others.
Ms. Julia Onslow-Cole
Partner, Legal Markets Leader
Ms. Julia Onslow-Cole is a Partner, Legal Markets Leader and Head of Global Immigration of PwC Legal LLP. The immigration practice comprises more than 1,000 immigration experts working for PwC member firms in 150 countries providing a holistic global mobility offering. Julia represented business at the Prime Minister's immigration stocktake meeting at no.10 Downing Street and most recently held the position as adviser to the Home Office on Business, Investment and Growth. Julia has over 25 years' experience in providing specialist immigration advice and is ranked as a number-one practitioner in several legal directories. She has also been voted the UK's "Experts Expert" by Legal Business and has recently been shortlisted for the 2016 Power Woman Awards – “Woman of the year”.Julia has extensive expertise in global immigration governance and risk management for international businesses. She has led a number of high-profile crisis management projects from an immigration standpoint, includ
Mr. Mykolas Rambus
Founding Chair, Global Investor Immigration Council (GIIC)
Mr. Mykolas Rambus is Founding Chairman of the Global Investor Immigration Council, a non-profit self-regulatory organization addressing the opportunities and challenges of the movement of global citizens by bringing greater integrity, transparency and advocacy to the investor immigration industry. Mykolas is also co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based wealth intelligence firm Wealth-X. Prior to Wealth-X he was an executive at Forbes Media, responsible for strategic initiatives critical to business growth. He is a frequent commentator on wealth issues at conferences and has been interviewed by CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and the New York Times.
Hon. Eric Schultz
US Ambassador to Zambia
Eric Schultz is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and current U.S. Ambassador to Zambia. Prior to this posting, he most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 2010 to 2013. From 2007 to 2009 he served in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia as the Counselor for Economic Affairs. From 2004-2007, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. From 2002-2004, he was Deputy Director in the State Department’s Office of European Security and Political Affairs, which is responsible for U.S. relations with NATO and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to that assignment, Mr. Schultz served in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 2000-2002 as Deputy Chief of Mission and for six-months before and after 9/11 as Charge d'Affaires. Prior to Ashgabat, he served in the State Department as the Deputy Director for Ukrainian, Moldovan, and Belarusian Affairs from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Robin Sharma
Lawyer, Best Selling Author, Leadership speaker
Mr. Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 15 international bestselling books on leadership, including The Leader Who Had No Title. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a widely respected leadership development firm that has helped over 4 million people in 50 countries along with clients such as Nike, FedEx, IBM, GM, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, KPMG and Panasonic and organizations such as NASA and YPO. Mr. Sharma is a former litigation lawyer who holds two law degrees, including a Masters of Law.
Mr. Javier Carrillo Silvestri
Director of Migration, Panama
Mr. Javier Carrillo Silvestri is the Director of Migration within the Ministry of Government of Panama. A lawyer by training he holds a Master’s in Business Law and a doctorate in constitutional law from Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University, Panama.A career police officer, he served as Acting Director of the Technical Judicial Police (PTJ), today Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) and Head of the Police Zone Canal area.
Mr. Nicolas Theocharides
Member of the Board of Directors, Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency
Mr. Nicolas Theocharides is the CEO and Managing Director of the Financial Services Company U.P.M. Limited, a Wealth Management Boutique offering portfolio management services to high net worth individuals. A qualified banker - Associate of the Institute of Financial Services of the UK, he previously held during a successful 20 year banking career, several management posts in International Business and Private Banking with one of the large local banks in Cyprus. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus-Russia Business Association.
Mr. Dan Wachtler
President & CEO, IPSA International
Mr. Dan Wachtler is a 20-year industry veteran that has served in both sales and operational management roles at IPSA and its former parent company. Mr. Wachtler was named President & CEO in April 2005 and subsequently led and facilitated two capital restructuring initiatives within IPSA, including the management buy-out in 2005. Mr. Wachtler's vision transitioned IPSA from being an armed protection and investigations service provider to an international investigative and risk advisory firm. His strategic aptitude has also successfully led to IPSA's global expansion, adding offices in London, Dubai and Hong Kong in recent years.
Mr. Julius Wiedemann
Executive Editor and Director for Digital Publications, TASCHEN Publishing House
Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, where he studied design and marketing, and has lived and worked in Japan, Germany and in the UK. He accumulates the positions of Executive Editor as well as Director for Digital Publications at TASCHEN Publishing House. He has edited over 50 books, is a regular contributor to magazines, and has been in the jury of several awards all over the world. Wiedemann’s publications have sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide, and among his most popular titles are Information Graphics, Understanding the World, and Product Design in the Sustainable Era.
Mr. Stamen Yanev
Executive Director, Invest Bulgaria Agency
Mr. Yanev is a lawyer specialized in mergers and acquisitions as well as investment, the government’s investment promotion agency said in a statement on Tuesday. He has worked for major international consultancies including the Bulgarian divisions of some of the world’s largest auditing firms. Yanev is also a member of the Movement Bulgaria for the Citizens party, an entity which is part of the junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc (RB).
The Global Citizen Forum is of interest to: Government representatives, European and international lawmakers and lobbyist lawyers, NGOs, foreign diplomatic corps, UN agency representatives, refugee goodwill ambassadors, Immigration consultants, industry regulators, global citizens, ultra high net worth individuals and philanthropists.
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