09:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Welcome Remarks by the New Cities Foundation
Founder and Chairman
New Cities Foundation
John Rossant is Founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation, a major global non-profit network devoted to improving the quality of life and work in 21st century cities. He is also Executive Chairman of Geneva-based PublicisLive, the global events management company responsible for the production of the world’s most prestigious international conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. John Rossant has also been instrumental in launching the Monaco Media Forum, the major European conference on new and emerging media, and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which is the leading global platform for the discussion of emerging media in emerging markets.
John Rossant holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University in Cairo. He began a distinguished journalistic career reporting on energy and Middle Eastern politics and in the mid-1980’s served as Paris Correspondent for BusinessWeek Magazine of the United States. From 1989 until 1999, he served as Rome Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for BusinessWeek, winning numerous prizes, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. In 1999, John Rossant became the Europe Editor of BusinessWeek, and helped guide the magazine’s overall editorial policy and international expansion strategy. He was also in charge of editorial joint ventures in France, Poland, and the Middle East.
John Rossant is a board member of the following institutions: The Tocqueville Foundation, Humanity in Action, the Dean’s International Council of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the French-American Foundation.