Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce
Maria Livanos Cattaui was Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from 1996 through June 2005. Mrs. Cattaui championed the role of world business in the global economy. She placed ICC at the vanguard of international policy making on trade and investment, intellectual property, the information society, as well as other vital issues for business. Mrs. Cattaui was instrumental in establishing an innovative global partnership between ICC and the United Nations. The partnership has led to greater business input into UN economic activities. She has been closely involved in placing business know-how and experience at the disposal of developing and emerging economies.
Before joining the International Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Cattaui was with the World Economic Forum in Geneva for nearly two decades. She rose to become Managing Director, responsible for the annual meeting in Davos, which she was instrumental in building up into the world’s foremost gathering of leaders.
She holds Board and Advisory Board Memberships on the International Crisis Group, the EastWest Institute, Open Society Foundations, among others.
Mrs. Cattaui, of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, was educated in the United States. She graduated with honors from Harvard University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Toronto.