Economist, Author (France)
“In recognition of his visionary leadership in promoting a positive economy and a positive future for all.”
As an influential advocate of sustainable development and international solidarity based on altruism, Jacques Attali continues to empower citizens around the world to fulfill their potential for the benefit of future generations.
Jacques Attali was born in 1943. A graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, he was the Special Adviser to French President François Mitterrand for ten years. He founded four International Institutions: Action contre la faim, Eureka, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Positive Planet. Since 1998, Positive Planet has been promoting a positive economy and has supported more than 11 million micro-entrepreneurs in the deprived neighborhoods of France, Africa and the Middle East. His main fields of research and writing are the different dimensions of the future: technologies, economy, ideologies, geopolitics, and values. Jacques Attali has written more than 80 books, sold 10 million copies and translated into 22 languages. He is a columnist for the French financial newspaper, Les Echos. He has conducted several orchestras around the world.