Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013.
He graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’ Administration (ENA).
He began his career in the French civil service at the General Inspectorate of Finance and at the Treasury. In 1981 he became advisor of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, then Deputy Head of Prime Minister’s Pierre Mauroy cabinet in 1983.
Between 1985 and 1994, Pascal Lamy was Head of the President of the European Commission’s Cabinet, Jacques Delors, and its “sherpa” at the G- 7.
In 1994 he joined the team in charge of the recovery of the French bank Crédit Lyonnais then becoming its CEO up to its privatization in 1999. He then returned to the European Commission having been appointed as Commissioner for Trade under the presidency of Romano Prodi.
After his mandate in Brussels, for a short sabbatical period Pascal Lamy chaired “Notre Europe“, a think tank created by Jacques Delors that focuses on European integration. He also became associate professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the European Socialist Party.
Pascal Lamy also proved his commitment to the European Union and its vision of globalization through several publications:
- Où va le monde ? Le marché ou la force, with N Gnesotto and JM Baer (Odile Jacob, February 2017)
- Quand la France s’éveillera (Odile Jacob, 2014)
- The Geneva Consensus, (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
- Now for the Long Term (Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, 2013)
- La Démocratie-monde – Pour une autre gouvernance globale (Seuil, 2004)
- L’Europe en première ligne (Seuil, 2002)
- L’Europe de nos volontés (with J. Pisani- Ferry, Plon, 2002 The Europe we want, Arch Press / The Policy Network, 2002)
- Report “Monde-Europe“, chaired by P. Lamy in the XIth plan of the Commissariat général du Plan (Dunod, 1993)
He received honorary degrees from eight universities as well as several awards and decorations from the French government and other countries world-wide.
Pascal Lamy was appointed, in 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025, and in 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and chair of the group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding. He is currently President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, President of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre (Orchestra Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, of Transparency International France, of the Center on European Regulation, and of the Pierre Mendès-France Institute, special advisor of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) and of the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School, of UNITAID, of the Friedland Institute, of Chatham House’s group on EU-China partnership and affiliate Professor at HEC Paris. He also currently serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on global governance at the World Economic Forum, and member of the Global Foundation Rome Roundtable.
Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors or other non profit organisations on issues related to globalisation, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.
In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.