Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Bilderberg Meeting Official Participant List

Bilderberg Meetings

Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 31 May-3 June 2012


Final List of Participants

Chairman
FRACastries, Henri deChairman and CEO, AXA Group



DEUAckermann, JosefChairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBRAgius, MarcusChairman, Barclays plc
USAAjami, FouadSenior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
USAAlexander, Keith B.Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency
INTAlmunia, JoaquínVice-President - Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
USAAltman, Roger C.Chairman, Evercore Partners
PRTAmado, LuísChairman, Banco Internacional do Funchal (BANIF)
NORAndresen, Johan H.Owner and CEO, FERD
FINApunen, MattiDirector, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
TURBabacan, AliDeputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
PRTBalsemão, Francisco PintoPresident and CEO, Impresa; Former Prime Minister
FRABaverez, NicolasPartner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
FRABéchu, ChristopheSenator, and Chairman, General Council of Maine-et-Loire
BELBelgium, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of 
TURBerberoğlu, EnisEditor-in-Chief, Hürriyet Newspaper
ITABernabè, FrancoChairman and CEO, Telecom Italia
GBRBoles, NickMember of Parliament
SWEBonnier, JonasPresident and CEO, Bonnier AB
NORBrandtzæg, Svein RichardPresident and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUTBronner, OscarPublisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
SWECarlsson, GunillaMinister for International Development Cooperation
CANCarney, Mark J.Governor, Bank of Canada
ESPCebrián, Juan LuisCEO, PRISA; Chairman, El País
AUTCernko, WillibaldCEO, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
FRAChalendar, Pierre André deChairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
DNKChristiansen, JeppeCEO, Maj Invest
RUSChubais, Anatoly B.CEO, OJSC RUSNANO
CANClark, W. EdmundGroup President and CEO, TD Bank Group
GBRClarke, KennethMember of Parliament, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice
USACollins, Timothy C.CEO and Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
ITAConti, FulvioCEO and General Manager, Enel S.p.A.
USADaniels, Jr., Mitchell E.Governor of Indiana
USADeMuth, ChristopherDistinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
USADonilon, Thomas E.National Security Advisor, The White House
GBRDudley, RobertGroup Chief Executive, BP plc
ITAElkann, JohnChairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEUEnders, ThomasCEO, Airbus
USAEvans, J. MichaelVice Chairman, Global Head of Growth Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co.
AUTFaymann, WernerFederal Chancellor
DNKFederspiel, UlrikExecutive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USAFerguson, NiallLaurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
GBRFlint, Douglas J.Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
CHNFu, YingVice Minister of Foreign Affairs
IRLGallagher, PaulFormer Attorney General; Senior Counsel
USAGephardt, Richard A.President and CEO, Gephardt Group
GRCGiannitsis, AnastasiosFormer Minister of Interior; Professor of Development and International Economics, University of Athens
USAGoolsbee, Austan D.Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
USAGraham, Donald E.Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
ITAGruber, LilliJournalist - Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
INTGucht, Karel deCommissioner for Trade, European Commission
NLDHalberstadt, VictorProfessor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary  General of Bilderberg Meetings
USAHarris, BrittCIO, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
USAHoffman, ReidCo-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
CHNHuang, YipingProfessor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
USAHuntsman, Jr., Jon M.Chairman, Huntsman Cancer Foundation
DEUIschinger, WolfgangChairman, Munich Security Conference; Global Head Government Relations, Allianz SE
RUSIvanov, Igor S.Associate member, Russian Academy of Science; President, Russian International Affairs Council
FRAIzraelewicz, ErikCEO, Le Monde
USAJacobs, Kenneth M.Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USAJohnson, James A.Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
USAJordan, Jr., Vernon E.Senior Managing Director, Lazard
USAKarp, AlexanderCEO, Palantir Technologies
USAKarsner, AlexanderExecutive Chairman, Manifest Energy, Inc
FRAKarvar, AnoushehInspector, Inter-ministerial Audit and Evaluation Office for Social, Health, Employment and Labor Policies  
RUSKasparov, GarryChairman, United Civil Front (of Russia)
GBRKerr, JohnIndependent Member, House of Lords
USAKerry, JohnSenator for Massachusetts
TURKeyman, E. FuatDirector, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University
USAKissinger, Henry A.Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USAKleinfeld, KlausChairman and CEO, Alcoa
TURKoç, MustafaChairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
DEUKoch, RolandCEO, Bilfinger Berger SE
INTKodmani, BassmaMember of the Executive Bureau and Head of Foreign Affairs, Syrian National Council
USAKravis, Henry R.Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USAKravis, Marie-JoséeSenior Fellow, Hudson Institute
INTKroes, NeelieVice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda
USAKrupp, FredPresident, Environmental Defense Fund
INTLamy, PascalDirector-General, World Trade Organization
ITALetta, EnricoDeputy Leader, Democratic Party (PD)
ISRLevite, Ariel E.Nonresident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
USALi, ChengDirector of Research and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
USALipsky, JohnDistinguished Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
USALiveris, Andrew N.President, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
DEULöscher, PeterPresident and CEO, Siemens AG
USALynn, William J.Chairman and CEO, DRS Technologies, Inc.
GBRMandelson, PeterMember, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel
USAMathews, Jessica T.President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
DENMchangama, JacobDirector of Legal Affairs, Center for Political Studies (CEPOS)
CANMcKenna, FrankDeputy Chair, TD Bank Group
USAMehlman, Kenneth B.Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
GBRMicklethwait, JohnEditor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRAMontbrial, Thierry dePresident, French Institute for International Relations
PRTMoreira da Silva, JorgeFirst Vice-President, Partido Social Democrata (PSD)
USAMundie, Craig J.Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
DEUNass, MatthiasChief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
NLDNetherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
ESPNin Génova, Juan MaríaDeputy Chairman and CEO, Caixabank
IRLNoonan, MichaelMinister for Finance
USANoonan, PeggyAuthor, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
FINOllila, JormaChairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
USAOrszag, Peter R.Vice Chairman, Citigroup
GRCPapalexopoulos, DimitriManaging Director, Titan Cement Co.
NLDPechtold, AlexanderParliamentary Leader, Democrats '66 (D66)
USAPerle, Richard N.Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
NLDPolman, PaulCEO, Unilever PLC
CANPrichard, J. Robert S.Chair, Torys LLP
ISRRabinovich, ItamarGlobal Distinguished Professor, New York University
GBRRachman, GideonChief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
USARattner, StevenChairman, Willett Advisors LLC
CANRedford, Alison M.Premier of Alberta
CANReisman, Heather M.CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
DEUReitzle, WolfgangCEO & President, Linde AG
USARogoff, Kenneth S.Professor of Economics, Harvard University
USARose, CharlieExecutive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose
USARoss, Dennis B.Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
POLRostowski, JacekMinister of Finance
USARubin, Robert E.Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
NLDRutte, MarkPrime Minister
ESPSáenz de Santamaría Antón, SorayaVice President and Minister for the Presidency
NLDScheffer, PaulProfessor of European Studies, Tilburg University
USASchmidt, Eric E.Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
AUTScholten, RudolfMember of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
FRASenard, Jean-DominiqueCEO, Michelin Group
USAShambaugh, DavidDirector, China Policy Program, George Washington University
INTSheeran, JosetteVice Chairman, World Economic Forum
FINSiilasmaa, RistoChairman of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation
USASpeyer, Jerry I. Chairman and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer
CHESupino, PietroChairman and Publisher, Tamedia AG
IRLSutherland, Peter D.Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
USAThiel, Peter A.President, Clarium Capital / Thiel Capital
TURTimuray, SerpilCEO, Vodafone Turkey
DEUTrittin, JürgenParliamentary Leader, Alliance 90/The Greens
GRCTsoukalis, LoukasPresident, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
FINUrpilainen, JuttaMinister of Finance
CHEVasella, Daniel L.Chairman, Novartis AG
INTVimont, PierreExecutive Secretary General, European External Action Service
GBRVoser, PeterCEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
SWEWallenberg, JacobChairman, Investor AB
USAWarsh, KevinDistinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
GBRWolf, Martin H.Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USAWolfensohn, James D.Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
CANWright, Nigel S.Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister
USAYergin, DanielChairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
INTZoellick, Robert B.President, The World Bank Group




Rapporteurs
GBRBredow, Vendeline vonBusiness Correspondent, The Economist
GBRWooldridge, Adrian D.Foreign Correspondent, The Economist

Bilderberg Meetings


The 60th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, USA from 31 May - 3 June 2012. The Conference will deal mainly with political, economic and societal issues like Transatlantic Relations, Evolution of the Political Landscape in Europe and the US, Austerity and Growth in Developed Economies, Cyber Security, Energy Challenges, the Future of Democracy, Russia, China and the Middle East.
Approximately 145 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America and other countries. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.

Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period.
The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other.
Thus the concept of  a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions  is still - even increasingly - critical.

What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow  participants to speak their minds openly and freely.
In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.

Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-nine conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press.  Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.

For further information refer to www.bilderbergmeetings.org. A list of participants is attached.

31 May 2012

Governance

Bilderberg is governed by a Steering Committee which designates a Chairman; members are elected for a term of four years and can be re-elected. There are no other members of the Bilderberg conference. The Chair's main responsibilities are to chair the Steering Committee and to prepare with the Steering Committee the conference program, the selection of participants. He also makes suggestions to the Steering Committee regarding its composition. The Executive Secretary reports to the Chairman.

Chairman

Henri de Castries
Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

DEUAckermann, JosefChairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBRAgius, MarcusChairman, Barclays plc
USAAltman, Roger C.Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
PRTBalsemão, Francisco PintoPresident and CEO, IMPRESA; Former Prime Minister
FRABaverez, NicolasPartner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
ITABernabè, FrancoChairman and CEO, Telecom Italia
ESPCebrián, Juan LuisCEO, PRISA; Chairman, El País
CANClark, W. EdmundPresident and CEO, TD Bank Group
GBRClarke, KennethMember of Parliament, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice
BELDavignon, EtienneMinister of State
DEUEnders, ThomasCEO, Airbus
DNKFederspiel, UlrikExecutive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
NLDHalberstadt, VictorProfessor of Public Economics, Leiden University
USAJacobs, Kenneth M.Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USAJohnson, James A.Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
GBRKerr, JohnIndependent Member, House of Lords
USAKleinfeld, KlausChairman and CEO, Alcoa
TURKoç, Mustafa V.Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
USAKravis, Marie-JoséeSenior Fellow, Hudson Institute
USAMathews, Jessica T.President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
USAMundie, Craig J.Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
NORMyklebust, EgilFormer Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA
DEUNass, MatthiasChief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
FINOllila, JormaChairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
USAPerle, Richard N.Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
CANReisman, HeatherCEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
AUTScholten, RudolfMember of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
IRLSutherland, Peter D.Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
USAThiel, Peter A.President, Clarium Capital / Thiel Capital
GRCTsoukalis, LoukasPresident, ELIAMEP
CHEVasella, Daniel L.Chairman, Novartis AG
SWEWallenberg, JacobChairman, Investor AB

Member Advisory Group

USADavid Rockefeller



Mayor Bloomberg Plays God. Banning Free Choice. Will He Ban Pants Over Size 6 Next?

Mayor Bloomberg is putting forth a ban on the sale of your favorite sodas over 16 ounces.


While the Board of Health still needs to sign off on it, it seems that it will likely go through like the ban on smoking and on trans-fats.  


"A spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association, Stefan Friedman, criticized the proposal as "zealous." He said officials should seek solutions that are actually going to curb obesity.


The association said in a statement that the ban will not address obesity because "soda is not driving the obesity rates." 
(Source article below)

Doesn't this abuse of power seem unconstitutional to anyone else?  No one's even defending the fact that the constitution gives us freedom of choice!  

Don't you think that people are going to go out and buy more than one soda if they want to?  ...Or will the police be enforcing the ban with martial law where people must be sent to FEMA camps if they disobey the bans!

This is so ridiculous!  

Why not do something that will provide some benefit for society?  

Perhaps start a program that will provide a certain amount of money from the state for meals for the homeless for each mile a shared cab drives in the city versus individual cars/taxis or some other mechanism that might provide help to society?

Instead, Bloomberg is providing negative attention to the state of New York and is providing punishment to all who enter in.  

Great advertising for your tax dollars Mr. Bloomberg.  Genius!  

Now because Mr. Bloomberg has done such a great job of making New York such a desirable place to be, let's all flock there and relocate to this wonderful oasis of feel good.  Don't you want to?  I know I am going to put my house up for sale tomorrow and get my family and move to happy land.

I hate living among the free.  I want to have my decisions made for me because I know that King and Ruler Bloomberg can make my decisions much better than I can.  In fact, I am about to go running around my house right now, like a chicken with my head cut off, because I don't know which feet to put my shoes in.  Do I put the right in the left or the left in the right or both in the right?  For that matter, will someone please tell me which one is right?!!!!  Someone PLEASE tell me what I am supposed to do!  

King Bloomberg, I'll be awaiting your call.


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NYC plans to ban sales of sugary drinks over 16 ounces 
Published May 31, 2012 FoxNews.com



The sin-tax sheriff is back on the job. 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing another ban on unhealthy foods. This time, he wants to outlaw super-sized sodas and other sugary drinks. 

The first-in-the-nation ban, formally announced Thursday, would limit sweet drinks to 16 ounces at venues across the city ranging from restaurants to street carts to movie theaters -- that means those extra-large cup holders at Loews are about to get awfully lonely. 

The ban, though, doesn't seem to take into account the obvious work-around. Want more than 16 ounces? Just buy two bottles. There's no Big Apple ban on doing that -- yet. 


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/31/nyc-plans-to-ban-sales-sugary-drinks-over-16-ounces/#ixzz1wU80n6eV