Editor note:

As of now the feedback is the Trilateral Commission meeting will take place May 7-9, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4 Ireland Tel.353 (1) 665 4000

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About the Organization



The Trilateral Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe (European Union countries), and North America (United States and Canada) to foster closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system. Originally established for three years, our work has been renewed for successive triennia (three-year periods), most recently for a triennium to be completed in 2012.

When the first triennium of the Trilateral Commission was launched in 1973, the most immediate purpose was to draw together—at a time of considerable friction among governments—the highest-level unofficial group possible to look together at the key common problems facing our three areas. At a deeper level, there was a sense that the United States was no longer in such a singular leadership position as it had been in earlier post-World War II years, and that a more shared form of leadership—including Europe and Japan in particular—would be needed for the international system to navigate successfully the major challenges of the coming years.

The “growing interdependence” that so impressed the founders of the Trilateral Commission in the early 1970s has deepened into “globalization.” That interdependence also has ensured that the current financial crisis has been felt in every nation and region. It has fundamentally shaken confidence in the international system as a whole. The Commission sees in these unprecedented events a stronger need for shared thinking and leadership by the Trilateral countries, who (along with the principal international organizations) have been the primary anchors of the wider international system. Doubts about whether and how this primacy will change do not diminish, and, if anything, have intensified the need to take into account the dramatic transformation of the international system. As relations with other countries become more mature—and power more diffuse—the leadership tasks of the original Trilateral countries need to be carried out with others to an increasing extent.

As our conviction has strengthened that the Commission remains more important than ever in helping our countries fulfill their shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system, we too have changed. Our membership has widened to reflect broader changes in the world. Thus, the Japan Group has become a Pacific Asian Group, including in 2009 both Chinese and Indian members. Mexican members have been added to the North American Group. The European Group continues to widen in line with the enlargement of the EU. We are also continuing in this triennium our practice of inviting a number of participants from other key areas.

Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission
Dublin, Ireland, May 7-9, 2010

Contact Us


The North American Group

North American Chairman: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
North American Deputy Chairmen: Allan E. Gotlieb, Lorenzo Zambrano
North American Director: Michael J. O’Neil

secretariat address: is 1156 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
telephone: 202-467-5410
telefax: 202-467-5415
email: contactus@trilateral.org

The European Group

European Chairman: Peter Sutherland
European Deputy Chairmen: Hervé de Carmoy, Andrzej Olechowski
European Director: Paul Révay

secretariat address: 5, rue de Téhéran, 75008 Paris, France
telephone: 33-1: 45 61 42 80
telefax: 33-1: 45 61 42 80
email: trilateral.europe@wanadoo.fr

The Pacific Asian Group

Pacific Asian Chairman: Yotaro Kobayashi
Pacific Asian Deputy Chairmen: Han Sung-Joo, Shijuro Ogata
Pacific Asian Director: Tadashi Yamamoto

secretariat address: Japan Center for International Exchange
4-9-17 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan
telephone: 81-3: 3446-7781
telefax: 81-3: 3443-7580
email: admin@jcie.or.jp
JCIE Website: http://www.jcie.or.jp



Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen and Directors

North American Chairman:

University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Chair, National Intelligence Council and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

European Chairman:

Chairman, BP p.l.c., London; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman, London School of Economics; UN Special Representative for Migration and Development; former Director General, GATT/WTO; former Member of the European Commission; former Attorney General of Ireland

Pacific Asian Chairman: YOTARO KOBAYASHI

Former Chairman of the Board, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Tokyo

North American Deputy Chairman:

Senior Adviser, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, ON; Chairman, Sotheby’s, Canada; former Canadian Ambassador to the United States

North American Deputy Chairman:

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, CEMEX, Monterrey, NL, Mexico

European Deputy Chairman:

Chairman, ETAM, Paris; Honorary Chairman, Banque Industrielle et Mobilière Privée, Paris; former Chief Executive, Société Générale de Belgique

European Deputy Chairman:

Founder, Civic Platform; former Chairman, Bank Handlowy; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Finance, Warsaw

Pacific Asian Deputy Chairman:

Chairman, The Asan Instiute for Policy Studies; former President, Korea University, Seoul; former Korean Minister for Foreign Affairs; former Korean Ambassador to the United States

Pacific Asian Deputy Chairman:

Former Deputy Governor, Japan Development Bank; former Deputy Governor for International Relations, Bank of Japan

North American Director: MICHAEL J. O’NEIL
European Director: PAUL RÉVAY
Pacific Asian Director: TADASHI YAMAMOTO

Executive Committee

Edmond Alphandéry, Chairman, CNP Assurances, Paris; former Chairman, Electricité de France (EDF); former Minister of the Economy and Finance

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne
, Vice Chairman, UBS Investment Bank, London; former Vice President, European Commission

Erik Belfrage
, Senior Vice President, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken; Director, Investor AB, Stockholm

C. Fred Bergsten
, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs

Georges Berthoin
, International Honorary Chairman, European Movement; Honorary Chairman, The Jean Monnet Association; Honorary European Chairman, The Trilateral Commission

Catherine Bertini
, Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Senior Fellow, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; former Under Secretary-General for Management, United Nations; former Executive Director, UN World Food Program

Jorge Braga de Macedo
, President, Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon; Professor of Economics, Nova University at Lisbon; Chairman, Forum Portugal Global; former Minister of Finance

François Bujon de l’Estang
, Ambassadeur de France; Chairman, Citi France, Paris; former Ambassador to the United States

Richard Conroy
, Chairman, Conroy Diamonds & Gold, Dublin; Member of Senate, Republic of Ireland

Alfonso Cortina, Vice Chairman
, Rothschild Europe; Senior Advisor for Spain and Latin America, Rothschild; Senior Advisor for Spain, Texas Pacific Group; Member, Board of Directors, Mutua Madrileña; Member, International Advisory Board, Allianz AG, Madrid

Vladimir Dlouhy
, Senior Advisor, ABB; International Advisor, Goldman Sachs; former Czechoslovak Minister of Economy; former Czech Minister of Industry & Trade, Prague

Kenneth M. Duberstein
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Duberstein Group, Washington, DC; former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan

Thomas S. Foley
, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; former North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission, Washington, DC

Michael Fuchs
, Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin; Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group; former President, National Federation of German Wholesale & Foreign Trade

Antonio Garrigues Walker
, Chairman, Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios, Madrid

Toyoo Gyohten
, President, The Institute for International Monetary Affairs; Senior Advisor, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ, Ltd., Tokyo

John J. Hamre
, President, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

Stuart Harris
, Professor of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University; former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canberra

Carla A. Hills
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company, Washington, DC; former U.S. Trade Representative; former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Karen Elliott House
, Writer, Princeton, NJ; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones & Company, and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal

Mugur Isarescu
, Governor, National Bank of Romania, Bucharest; former Prime Minister of Romania

Baron Daniel Janssen
, Honorary Chairman, Solvay, Brussels

Béla Kadar, Member of the Hungarian Academy
, Budapest; Member of the Monetary Council of the National Bank; President of the Hungarian Economic Association; former Ambassador of Hungary to the O.E.C.D., Paris; former Hungarian Minister of International Economic Relations and Member of Parliament

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
, Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc; Member of the House of Lords, London; former British Ambassador to the United States; former Secretary General, European Convention

Sixten Korkman
, Managing Director, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), Helsinki

Lee Hong-Koo, Chairman
, Seoul Forum for International Affairs; former Prime Minister of Korea; former Korean Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States

Eli Leenaars
, Member of the ING Management Board Banking; Vice Chairman, Netherlands Banker’s Association, Amsterdam; European Group Treasurer, Trilateral Commission

Marianne Lie, Partner
, Vox Politica, Oslo; former Director General, Norwegian Shipowners Association

Roy MacLaren
, former Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; former Canadian Minister of International Trade; Toronto, ON

Minoru Makihara
, Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo

Sir Deryck C. Maughan
, Member, KKR & Co., New York, NY

Minoru Murofushi
, President, Development Bank of Japan, Tokyo

Yoshio Okawara
, President, Institute for International Policy Studies, Tokyo; former Japanese Ambassador to the United States

Ursula Plassnik
, Member of the Austrian Parliament; Special Envoy for International Women Issues; former Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Vienna

Luis Rubio
, President, Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), Mexico City, DF

Ferdinando Salleo
, Vice Chairman, MCC (Mediocredito Centrale), Rome; former Ambassador to the United States

Susan Schwab
, Professor, Maryland School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; former U.S. Trade Representative

Carlo Secchi
, Professor of European Economic Policy and former Rector, Bocconi University; Vice President, ISPI, Milan; former Member of the Italian Senate and of the European Parliament

Tøger Seidenfaden
, Editor-in-Chief, Politiken, Copenhagen

Petar Stoyanov
, former President of the Republic of Bulgaria; Member of the Bulgarian Parliament; Chairman, Parliamentary Group of United Democratic Forces; Chairman, Union of Democratic Forces; Sofia

Strobe Talbott
, President, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

Raivo Vare, Partner, Sthenos Group, and OÜ RVVE Group; Member of the President’s Academic Advisory Board; former Estonian Minister of State and former Minister of Transport and Communication, Tallinn

George Vassiliou
, former Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Cyprus to the European Union; former President of the Republic of Cyprus, former Member of Parliament and Leader of United Democrats; Nicosia

Paul Volcker, Chairman
, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board; former Chairman, Wolfensohn & Co., Inc., New York; Frederick H. Schultz Professor Emeritus, International Economic Policy, Princeton University; former Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Federal Reserve System; Honorary North American Chairman and former North American Chairman, The Trilateral Commission

Marko Voljc, Chief Executive Officer
, K & H Bank Zrt, Budapest; former General Manager Central Europe Directorate, KBC Bank Insurance Holding, Brussels; former Chief Executive Officer, Nova Ljubljanska Banka, Ljubljana

Panagis Vourloumis
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (O.T.E.), Athens

Jusuf Wanandi
, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees; Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta

Heinrich Weiss
, Chairman, SMS, Düsseldorf; former Chairman, Federation of German Industries, Berlin

The full membership list is available by e-mail (separrott@trilateral.org <separrott@trilateral.org>) or by contacting any of the regional offices.


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