World Bank Vice President
Author of High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them:
Rischard’s book was the inspiration for the Global Issues Network
Jean-François Rischard ( Luxembourg 1948), is a recognized economist who used to be the World Bank Vice President in charge of Europe, acting as the Bank’s chief spokesman both to the European Union and to individual European countries from 1998-2005.
He is a frequent speaker and covers 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.
He holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in economics (University of Aix-Marseille), a law doctorate (Luxembourg), and a Master’s in business administration (Harvard Business School). He is the author of, inter alia, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them, in which he argues that traditional institutions are incapable of addressing a growing list of complex global issues. This book inspired what is now known as the Global Issues Network around the world.