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NATO chief, former US intelligence director among Bilderberg elite

Published time: May 28, 2014 23:57
Edited time: May 29, 2014 01:05
A private policeman guards on June 9, 2011 the Suvretta House five-star hotel in the chic Swiss ski station of St Moritz, where the Bilderberg Group is holding its annual meeting.(AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

A private policeman guards on June 9, 2011 the Suvretta House five-star hotel in the chic Swiss ski station of St Moritz, where the Bilderberg Group is holding its annual meeting.(AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

Some 140 participants representing 22 countries will be attending the 62nd annual Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The newly released list is a who’s who of business, academia, and the political world.

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:

FRA

Castries, Henri de

Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

DEU

Achleitner, Paul M.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG

DEU

Ackermann, Josef

Former CEO, Deutsche Bank AG

GBR

Agius, Marcus

Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group

FIN

Alahuhta, Matti

Member of the Board, KONE; Chairman, Aalto University Foundation

GBR

Alexander, Helen

Chairman, UBM plc

USA

Alexander, Keith B.

Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency

USA

Altman, Roger C.

Executive Chairman, Evercore

FIN

Apunen, Matti

Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

DEU

Asmussen, Jörg

State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs

HUN

Bajnai, Gordon

Former Prime Minister; Party Leader, Together 2014

GBR

Balls, Edward M.

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

PRT

Balsemão, Francisco Pinto

Chairman, Impresa SGPS

FRA

Baroin, François

Member of Parliament (UMP); Mayor of Troyes

FRA

Baverez, Nicolas

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

USA

Berggruen, Nicolas

Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance

ITA

Bernabè, Franco

Chairman, FB Group SRL

DNK

Besenbacher, Flemming

Chairman, The Carlsberg Group

NLD

Beurden, Ben van

CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc

SWE

Bildt, Carl

Minister for Foreign Affairs

NOR

Brandtzæg, Svein Richard

President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA

INT

Breedlove, Philip M.

Supreme Allied Commander Europe

AUT

Bronner, Oscar

Publisher, Der STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

SWE

Buskhe, Håkan

President and CEO, Saab AB

TUR

Çandar, Cengiz

Senior Columnist, Al Monitor and Radikal

ESP

Cebrián, Juan Luis

Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA

FRA

Chalendar, Pierre-André de

Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain

CAN

Clark, W. Edmund

Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group

INT

Coeuré, Benoît

Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

IRL

Coveney, Simon

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

GBR

Cowper-Coles, Sherard

Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group CEO, HSBC Holdings plc

BEL

Davignon, Etienne

Minister of State

USA

Donilon, Thomas E.

Senior Partner, O'Melveny and Myers; Former U.S. National Security Advisor

DEU

Döpfner, Mathias

CEO, Axel Springer SE

GBR

Dudley, Robert

Group Chief Executive, BP plc

FIN

Ehrnrooth, Henrik

Chairman, Caverion Corporation, Otava and Pöyry PLC

ITA

Elkann, John

Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.

DEU

Enders, Thomas

CEO, Airbus Group

DNK

Federspiel, Ulrik

Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S

USA

Feldstein, Martin S.

Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER

CAN

Ferguson, Brian

President and CEO, Cenovus Energy Inc.

GBR

Flint, Douglas J.

Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc

ESP

García-Margallo, José Manuel

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

USA

Gfoeller, Michael

Independent Consultant

TUR

Göle, Nilüfer

Professor of Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

USA

Greenberg, Evan G.

Chairman and CEO, ACE Group

GBR

Greening, Justine

Secretary of State for International Development

NLD

Halberstadt, Victor

Professor of Economics, Leiden University

USA

Hockfield, Susan

President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NOR

Høegh, Leif O.

Chairman, Höegh Autoliners AS

NOR

Høegh, Westye

Senior Advisor, Höegh Autoliners AS

USA

Hoffman, Reid

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn

CHN

Huang, Yiping

Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University

USA

Jackson, Shirley Ann

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

USA

Jacobs, Kenneth M.

Chairman and CEO, Lazard

USA

Johnson, James A.

Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners

USA

Karp, Alex

CEO, Palantir Technologies

USA

Katz, Bruce J.

Vice President and Co-Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

CAN

Kenney, Jason T.

Minister of Employment and Social Development

GBR

Kerr, John

Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power

USA

Kissinger, Henry A.

Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

USA

Kleinfeld, Klaus

Chairman and CEO, Alcoa

TUR

Koç, Mustafa

Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.

DNK

Kragh, Steffen

President and CEO, Egmont

USA

Kravis, Henry R.

Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

USA

Kravis, Marie-Josée

Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute

CHE

Kudelski, André

Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group

INT

Lagarde, Christine

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

BEL

Leysen, Thomas

Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group

USA

Li, Cheng

Director, John L.Thornton China Center,The Brookings Institution

SWE

Lifvendahl, Tove

Political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet

CHN

Liu, He

Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs

PRT

Macedo, Paulo

Minister of Health

FRA

Macron, Emmanuel

Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency

ITA

Maggioni, Monica

Editor-in-Chief, Rainews24, RAI TV

GBR

Mandelson, Peter

Chairman, Global Counsel LLP

USA

McAfee, Andrew

Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PRT

Medeiros, Inês de

Member of Parliament, Socialist Party

GBR

Micklethwait, John

Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

GRC

Mitsotaki, Alexandra

Chair, ActionAid Hellas

ITA

Monti, Mario

Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University

USA

Mundie, Craig J.

Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation

CAN

Munroe-Blum, Heather

Professor of Medicine and Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University

USA

Murray, Charles A.

W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

NLD

Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the

ESP

Nin Génova, Juan María

Deputy Chairman and CEO, CaixaBank

FRA

Nougayrède, Natalie

Director and Executive Editor, Le Monde

DNK

Olesen, Søren-Peter

Professor; Member of the Board of Directors, The Carlsberg Foundation

FIN

Ollila, Jorma

Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Chairman, Outokumpu Plc

TUR

Oran, Umut

Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party (CHP)

GBR

Osborne, George

Chancellor of the Exchequer

FRA

Pellerin, Fleur

State Secretary for Foreign Trade

USA

Perle, Richard N.

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

USA

Petraeus, David H.

Chairman, KKR Global Institute

CAN

Poloz, Stephen S.

Governor, Bank of Canada

INT

Rasmussen, Anders Fogh

Secretary General, NATO

DNK

Rasmussen, Jørgen Huno

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lundbeck Foundation

INT

Reding, Viviane

Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission

USA

Reed, Kasim

Mayor of Atlanta

CAN

Reisman, Heather M.

Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

NOR

Reiten, Eivind

Chairman, Klaveness Marine Holding AS

DEU

Röttgen, Norbert

Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag

USA

Rubin, Robert E.

Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury

USA

Rumer, Eugene

Senior Associate and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

NOR

Rynning-Tønnesen, Christian

President and CEO, Statkraft AS

NLD

Samsom, Diederik M.

Parliamentary Leader PvdA (Labour Party)

GBR

Sawers, John

Chief, Secret Intelligence Service

NLD

Scheffer, Paul J.

Author; Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University

NLD

Schippers, Edith

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport

USA

Schmidt, Eric E.

Executive Chairman, Google Inc.

AUT

Scholten, Rudolf

CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG

USA

Shih, Clara

CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social

FIN

Siilasmaa, Risto K.

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Nokia Corporation

ESP

Spain, H.M. the Queen of

USA

Spence, A. Michael

Professor of Economics, New York University

FIN

Stadigh, Kari

President and CEO, Sampo plc

USA

Summers, Lawrence H.

Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University

IRL

Sutherland, Peter D.

Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; UN Special Representative for Migration

SWE

Svanberg, Carl-Henric

Chairman, Volvo AB and BP plc

TUR

Taftalı, A. Ümit

Member of the Board, Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation

USA

Thiel, Peter A.

President, Thiel Capital

DNK

Topsøe, Henrik

Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S

GRC

Tsoukalis, Loukas

President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

NOR

Ulltveit-Moe, Jens

Founder and CEO, Umoe AS

INT

Üzümcü, Ahmet

Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

CHE

Vasella, Daniel L.

Honorary Chairman, Novartis International

FIN

Wahlroos, Björn

Chairman, Sampo plc

SWE

Wallenberg, Jacob

Chairman, Investor AB

SWE

Wallenberg, Marcus

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

USA

Warsh, Kevin M.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Stanford University

GBR

Wolf, Martin H.

Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times

USA

Wolfensohn, James D.

Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company

NLD

Zalm, Gerrit

Chairman of the Managing Board, ABN-AMRO Bank N.V.

GRC

Zanias, George

Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece

USA

Zoellick, Robert B.

Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group

Comments (31)

 

Thank You Russia 03.06.2014 18:39

Thank you for the list of people in this summit.
I own apologize to one visitor of this site, because I have thought there is somebody from Russia, as well.

 

Milorad Crni 31.05.2014 12:53

wilson 29.05.2014 20:46

“New World Order.”

  

Hitler was leading head of Bilderberg.

 

Ursula Riches 31.05.2014 12:12

One does not have faith that these people are on the side of the people of the world or that they are good stewards of life or the health of our planet. Do they represent banksters, big corporations, big pharma, weapons, the toxic food industry , big oil and big media? Is it their aim to consolidate power and wealth?
Are they at the top of the tree or are they following the agenda of those higher up in satan's world order? Are they in the know but not totally in the know as they follow others false realities? Are they so puffed up with importance that they are not questioning the goals or ideas presented to them?

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