NATO chief, former US intelligence director among Bilderberg elite
As is usually the case with the renowned summit, this year’s Bilderberg – which will take place May 29 to June 1 – has attracted a cadre of influential experts, including notable attendees such as NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former director of the US National Security Agency Keith Alexander, and former US national security advisor to the White House Thomas E. Donilon.
The Bilderberg meeting, often thought of as one of the most influential networks in the world, first began in 1954, has over the years attracted a considerable amount of media attention, both for its formidable attendee lists as well as the perceived aura as an opportunity for the world’s elite to mingle. In addition to the yearly attendees, the Bilderberg Steering Committee is likewise a list of powerful financiers, which includes Peter D. Sutherland, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, as well as Peter Thiel, president of Thiel Capital.
Bilderberg operates under the “Chatham House Rule,” which stipulates that neither the identity nor affiliation of a speaker’s quotes may be revealed by other participants, including any media in attendance. Though it may be intended to promote the free exchange of ideas among the well-heeled, such rules have fed directly into what detractors say is an unnecessary cloud of secrecy, as well as a range of conspiracy theories that liken the summit to a shadowy gathering for architects of the “New World Order.”
Already fueling such wild speculation ahead of this year's summit were the arrests of independent reporters Luke Rudkowski and Dan Dicks, who attempted to confront staff at the Copenhagen hotel where Bilderberg is set to take place. Video of the encounter quickly spread online.
According to an official press release, this year’s summit will be focusing on a variety of topics, including the future of democracy and the “middle class trap,” China’s political and economic outlook, and the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Interestingly, the agenda also includes the topic of privacy, as well as “the relationship in intelligence sharing,” which suggests the meeting may be used to address last year’s onslaught of NSA leaks by former intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Below is a list of participants as released by Bilderberg:
Castries, Henri de
Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
Achleitner, Paul M.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Former CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group
Member of the Board, KONE; Chairman, Aalto University Foundation
Chairman, UBM plc
Alexander, Keith B.
Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency
Altman, Roger C.
Executive Chairman, Evercore
Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs
Former Prime Minister; Party Leader, Together 2014
Balls, Edward M.
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto
Chairman, Impresa SGPS
Member of Parliament (UMP); Mayor of Troyes
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance
Chairman, FB Group SRL
Chairman, The Carlsberg Group
Beurden, Ben van
CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard
President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Breedlove, Philip M.
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Publisher, Der STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.
President and CEO, Saab AB
Senior Columnist, Al Monitor and Radikal
Cebrián, Juan Luis
Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
Chalendar, Pierre-André de
Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
Clark, W. Edmund
Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group CEO, HSBC Holdings plc
Minister of State
Donilon, Thomas E.
Senior Partner, O'Melveny and Myers; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
CEO, Axel Springer SE
Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Chairman, Caverion Corporation, Otava and Pöyry PLC
Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
CEO, Airbus Group
Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Feldstein, Martin S.
Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
President and CEO, Cenovus Energy Inc.
Flint, Douglas J.
Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
García-Margallo, José Manuel
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Professor of Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Greenberg, Evan G.
Chairman and CEO, ACE Group
Secretary of State for International Development
Professor of Economics, Leiden University
President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Høegh, Leif O.
Chairman, Höegh Autoliners AS
Senior Advisor, Höegh Autoliners AS
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University
Jackson, Shirley Ann
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jacobs, Kenneth M.
Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Johnson, James A.
Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
CEO, Palantir Technologies
Katz, Bruce J.
Vice President and Co-Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
Kenney, Jason T.
Minister of Employment and Social Development
Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power
Kissinger, Henry A.
Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
President and CEO, Egmont
Kravis, Henry R.
Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
Director, John L.Thornton China Center,The Brookings Institution
Political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet
Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs
Minister of Health
Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency
Editor-in-Chief, Rainews24, RAI TV
Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medeiros, Inês de
Member of Parliament, Socialist Party
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Chair, ActionAid Hellas
Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University
Mundie, Craig J.
Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
Professor of Medicine and Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University
Murray, Charles A.
W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the
Nin Génova, Juan María
Deputy Chairman and CEO, CaixaBank
Director and Executive Editor, Le Monde
Professor; Member of the Board of Directors, The Carlsberg Foundation
Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Chairman, Outokumpu Plc
Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party (CHP)
Chancellor of the Exchequer
State Secretary for Foreign Trade
Perle, Richard N.
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Petraeus, David H.
Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Poloz, Stephen S.
Governor, Bank of Canada
Rasmussen, Anders Fogh
Secretary General, NATO
Rasmussen, Jørgen Huno
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lundbeck Foundation
Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
Mayor of Atlanta
Reisman, Heather M.
Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Chairman, Klaveness Marine Holding AS
Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
Rubin, Robert E.
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
Senior Associate and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
President and CEO, Statkraft AS
Samsom, Diederik M.
Parliamentary Leader PvdA (Labour Party)
Chief, Secret Intelligence Service
Scheffer, Paul J.
Author; Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Schmidt, Eric E.
Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social
Siilasmaa, Risto K.
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Nokia Corporation
Spain, H.M. the Queen of
Spence, A. Michael
Professor of Economics, New York University
President and CEO, Sampo plc
Summers, Lawrence H.
Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
Sutherland, Peter D.
Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; UN Special Representative for Migration
Chairman, Volvo AB and BP plc
Taftalı, A. Ümit
Member of the Board, Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation
Thiel, Peter A.
President, Thiel Capital
Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S
President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
Founder and CEO, Umoe AS
Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Vasella, Daniel L.
Honorary Chairman, Novartis International
Chairman, Sampo plc
Chairman, Investor AB
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Warsh, Kevin M.
Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Stanford University
Wolf, Martin H.
Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Wolfensohn, James D.
Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
Chairman of the Managing Board, ABN-AMRO Bank N.V.
Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece
Zoellick, Robert B.
Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group