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People Mr Pascal Lamy

Chair, Oxford Martin Commission

Commission Chair and former Director-General, World Trade Organization

Mr Pascal Lamy is the former Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Crédit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, he was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi. After his tenure in Brussels, he spent a short sabbatical period as President of  “Notre Europe”, a think tank working on European integration, as associate Professor at the l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and as advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the European Socialist Party).

Oxford Martin Commission

Oxford Martin Commission


Selected Publications

Media Coverage

Jul 2014
The global governance deficit
Jun 2014
Overcoming Short-Termism: A Pathway for Global Progress
May 2014
Former WTO director Pascal Lamy on Europe's changing political tide and global governance
May 2014
An agenda for the future
May 2014
Roundtable with Pascal Lamy to discuss long-term global outlook
May 2014
Leading European diplomat discusses European parliamentary elections
May 2014
Pro Europe sentiment still strong in European Parliament
May 2014
Now for the long term – for the next generation
Apr 2014
Who are the world's top thinkers?
Mar 2014
Sustainable growth requires a long-term focus
Mar 2014
Prospect magazine's list of top 50 world thinkers
Jan 2014
Addressing the Global Governance Deficit
Dec 2013
Pascal Lamy: 'we have to update the trade rule book'
Nov 2013
Rethinking International Institutions
Oct 2013
‘Serious and urgent’ reform needed to overcome increasing business short-termism
Oct 2013
US dominance set to diminish: ex-WTO chief
Oct 2013
The Today Programme (BBC R4): interview with Pascal Lamy
Oct 2013
Oct 2013
The curse of gridlock in modern politics
Oct 2013
It’s time to face up to the crises that are yet to come
Dec 2012
The Long View: Global Governance
Sep 2012
Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations