September 29, 2018. Shanghai – Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and former European Commissioner for Trade, is the latest internationally renowned statesman to join the faculty of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) as a Distinguished Professor.
"I am eagerly looking forward to an exchange of ideas with the faculty, students and alumni of CEIBS, a business school with strong ties to both China and Europe,” said Mr. Lamy. “With three campuses in China, one in Europe and another in Africa, CEIBS is known for not just its growing global presence but also the high calibre of its faculty and alumni, as well as the academic rigour of its various programmes.”
He added that he hopes his contribution, during his visits, will enrich the already stimulating intellectual discourse on campus and provide the framework for even more lively debates on issues of global importance.
“Mr. Lamy’s expertise on global trade cannot be overstated and, in today’s climate of rules being reviewed and new being paths charted, his addition to our already excellent faculty team takes on added significance,” said CEIBS Vice President and Dean Professor Ding Yuan.
During his three-year tenure, Mr. Lamy will collaborate closely with CEIBS faculty to develop new ideas and research designs as well as engage in intellectual discourse and projects primarily aimed at fostering greater understanding between China and Europe. “He may also touch on other global issues that are both within his areas of expertise and that will also provide further enlightenment for our students, alumni and faculty. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Lamy for his first visit to our flagship Shanghai Campus this December, when his appointment takes effect,” added Dean Ding.
Pascal Lamy is a two-time Director-General of the WTO, serving from 2005 to 2009 and a second four-year term up to 2013. At the WTO, he was credited with pushing for a new Doha round of world trade talks and advocated reform within the organisation. Earlier in his career, he served a full term as European Commissioner for Trade (1999 – 2004), making a name for himself as someone highly adept at managing the powerful civil servants in his department.
A leading international political figure, Mr. Lamy currently serves as the Honorary President of the Paris-based think tank Notre Europe. Born in Levallois-Perret, a suburb of Paris in April 1947, he began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection générale des finances (IGF) and the French treasury department. He later became a close advisor to Finance Minister Jacques Delors and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.
From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Lamy served as the Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors and his representative as an emissary to the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Credit Lyonnais and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999 when he became Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission.
Mr. Lamy presently holds a number of positions related to global governance, trade, ethics, Europe, Africa and Asia including President of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, chair of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and Professeur associé at École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Paris).
Mr. Lamy has earned degrees from both HEC and École nationale d'administration (ENA). He is also an honorary graduate of major universities in Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and the UK.
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) is among the top international business schools in Asia, where it is the only one to have simultaneously made it to the Financial Times’ top 30 list of MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programmes.
CEIBS has more than 20,000 alumni from more than 80 countries worldwide, and has provided a broad range of management programmes for more than 150,000 executives both at home and abroad. CEIBS’ faculty team is uniquely equipped to deliver a combination of China Depth and Global Breadth in both teaching and research.
CEIBS has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Zurich, and Accra.