EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, RICHARD ATTIAS & ASSOCIATES, PART OF WPP
Richard Attias has built an unrivaled reputation for advising global leaders, corporations and nations on how to build their global influence, catalyze innovation, and mobilize populations. He has provided clients across private and public sectors with hands-on assistance in: branding and strategic communications, the development of public-private partnerships, and investment in emerging markets.
This talent for anticipating and managing the most pressing issues of our time, activating global networks, and inspiring innovation is based on his unique experience curating communities of senior leaders, developed over decades with leading platforms that he produced, including: The New York Forum and The New York Forum AFRICA, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Laureates Conferences, the Bloomberg Global Forum and the Future Investment Initiative to name a few.
Attias has served as advisor to the Emirate of Dubai where he devised a comprehensive government branding strategy. He also spent a decade at the media conglomerate Publicis Groupe, where he latterly served as Executive Chairman of Publicis Events Worldwide and designed more than 1,000 events for global corporations. Prior to that, he began his career at IBM where a passion for innovation led him to found several companies in the IT Industry and Global Communications fields.
A global citizen originally from Morocco, Attias completed his studies in civil engineering and earned a master’s degree in mathematics and physics. He has lived in France, Switzerland, Japan, Dubai and the United States.