Maria Livanos Cattaui
Maria Livanos Cattaui served as Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce from July 1996 to June 2005.
She has championed the role of world business in the global economy. She has been instrumental in establishing a global partnership between business and the United Nations, leading to greater business input into UN economic activities.
Mrs Cattaui worked with the World Economic Forum in
Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became Managing Director, responsible for the celebrated Annual Meeting in Davos, building the public awareness it enjoys today.
She chairs or holds board positions on several organisations, including the EastWest Institute, the National Bureau of Asian Research, ICT4 Peace, Shift, amongst others.
Mrs Cattaui, who is of Swiss nationality and Greek origin, was educated in the
United States. She is an Honours graduate of
University. She holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from