Dr. Jean-François Rischard served as the World Bank Vice President for Europe from 1998 to 2005, acting as the Bank’s chief spokesman both to the European Union and to individual European countries. Before that, he was for many years the Bank's Vice-President in charge of private sector development and financial sector reform throughout the developing world.
He is also the author of High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them, a book that expresses his personal views on the future and documents what he sees as the most urgent global issues of the decades to come–from climate change through contagious diseases to the global financial architecture.
Dr. Rischard is a frequent speaker at international conferences and business gatherings in Europe, the United States and Asia. He addresses such topics as managing financial crises, sustainable development, corporate governance, the role of business beyond its traditional borders, new technologies and their applications for development, the changing rules and inner workings of the new world economy, and the need for new global governance mechanisms in an increasingly complex and inter-linked world.
Dr. Rischard is a Luxembourg national and holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, a law doctorate from the University of Luxembourg and a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.