Eric Schiffer attends the World Economic Forum with Heads of State and President William Jefferson Clinton, Bono, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Angelina Jolie

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Eric Schiffer also participated with Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates and John McCain during Saturday’s session with President Clinton.

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The Emergence of China and India

The World Economic Forum finished its annual meeting in Davos today with the overall theme of the Meeting themed, “The Creative Imperative”. Eric Schiffer participated in the open forum and interacted with more many of the 2300 political and business elite participants from 89 countries that came together in Davos, including 15 heads of state or government, 60 cabinet ministers, 23 religious leaders, 13 union leaders, more than 30 heads of non-governmental organizations and the Hollywood elite.

Mr. Schiffer also participated with Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates and John McCain during Saturday’s session with President Clinton. Afterwards he attended several A-list smoozing parties at the Hotel Belvedere and other locations with Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas, Sergey Brin of Google, Elie Wiesel, John Kerry and Teresa Keinz-Kerry and Richard Branson of Virgin fame all in attendance.

According to Mr. Schiffer, “The World Economic Forum reinforced my personal beliefs that in this century we are building a new world that will require personal commitment and belief that it is possible to improve hardened institutions that slow progress. When one in four people in the world have no access to clean water because of poverty and environmental degradation; and climate change remains a critical deterrent to long term viability of the world, it is stunningly clear that we must move beyond our collective political differences to addresses the needs of humanity as a whole through better localized economic improvement. This means getting involved to help our common global humanity and to change the world with practical action to better the plight of our global brothers and sisters”.

The overall Davos program followed five main themes high on the global agenda in 2006. These range from “The Emergence of China and India” and “The Changing Economic Landscape” to “New Mindsets and Changing Attitudes”, “Creating Future Jobs” and “Regional Identities and Struggles”.

Key Participants of the Annual Meeting 2006

The Co-Chairs:

Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé, Switzerland

Sir Martin Sorrell, Group Chief Executive, WPP, United Kingdom

Lawrence H. Summers, President, Harvard University, USA

Among the heads of state/government and other public figures:

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, Office of the Council of Ministers, Afghanistan; Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, Prime Minister of Egypt, Office of the Prime Minister of Egypt, Egypt; Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, Federal Chancellery of Germany, Germany; Ibrahim Jaafari, Prime Minister of Iraq, Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, Iraq; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, Office of the President of Latvia, Latvia; Fouad Siniora, Prime Minister of Lebanon, Office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Lebanon; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Council of State of Liberia, Liberia; Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, Office of the President of Mozambique, Mozambique; Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria, Office of the Head of State of Nigeria, Nigeria; Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, Norway; Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, Office of the President of Pakistan, Pakistan; Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland, Office of the Prime Minister of Poland, Poland; Moritz Leuenberger, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor of Environment, Transportation, Energy and Communications, Federal Department of Environment, Transportation, Energy and Communications, Switzerland; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Turkey; Mohamed M. ElBaradei, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria; Javier Solana Madariaga, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Secretary-General, Council of the European Union, Brussels, Council of the European Union, Belgium; Peter Mandelson, Commissioner, Trade, European Commission, Brussels, European Commission, Belgium; Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, France; Thierry Breton, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry of France, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry of France, France; Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, European Central Bank, Germany; Frank Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Germany; Palaniappan Chidambaram, Minister of Finance of India, Ministry of Finance of India, India; Zeng Peiyan, Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China, State Council of the People's Republic of China, People's Republic of China; Kim Hyun-Chong, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea; Aleksey Kudrin, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Russian Federation; Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, World Trade Organization (WTO), Switzerland; Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, HM Treasury of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom; Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom; Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York, United Nations, USA; Paul D. Wolfowitz, President, World Bank, Washington DC, World Bank, USA; Robert Zoellick, US Deputy Secretary of State, US Department of State, USA; Robert Portman, US Trade Representative, Office of the US Trade Representative, USA; Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security, USA

From the world of business:

Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation, USA; Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group Ltd, United Kingdom; John T. Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc., USA; Michael S. Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell Inc., USA; William H. Gates III, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, USA; Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Renault, France; President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan, Japan; E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, USA; Abdallah S. Jum'ah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia; Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mittal Steel Company, United Kingdom; Nam Joong-Soo, President and Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation, Republic of Korea; Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, L'Oréal, France; Larry Page, Co-Founder and President, Products, Google Inc., USA; Charles Prince, Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup, USA; Hector de J. Ruiz, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices Inc.), USA; Chen Tonghai, Chairman, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.), People's Republic of China; Ben J. Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer, BT Plc, United Kingdom; Werner Wenning, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer AG, Germany

Among the more than 53 non-governmental and international organizations participating in the Annual Meeting): Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam GB, International save the Children Alliance, CARE International, Islamic Relief, World Vision International, Greenpeace International, Open Society Institute, and WWF-World Wide Fund for Nature.

Personalities from the cultural world coming to Davos include Bono, Musician, DATA (Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa), United Kingdom; Eric Schiffer, Author United States, Paulo Coelho, Author, Brazil; Peter B. Gabriel, Musician, Real World, United Kingdom; Angelina Jolie, UN Refugee Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva.

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