Richard Attias

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Richard Attias
Richard Attias.jpg
Richard Attias in 2011.
Born (1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 55)
Fes, Morocco
Nationality Moroccan
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz
(2008–present)

Richard Attias (born November 19, 1959) is a Moroccan[1] events producer, founder and former chairman of PublicisLive and presently the executive chairman of Richard Attias and Associates, and the founder of The New York Forum.

Background[edit]

Attias was born in a Jewish family. He graduated as a civil engineer from the Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse, and got a master in Mathematics and Physics from the Paris University. He began his career as a sales executive at IBM France and in 1986 became the General Manager of Econocom France and Econocom Japan, a computer leasing company.[1]

During the 1990s, Attias founded an Event Management Company and produced various global events including the Zurich Insurances,IBM, conventions and Boris Yeltsin's visit to France.[1]

Attias sold part of his company to Publicis in 1998 and founded a company which produced events for various clients including IBM, l'Oreal, Unilever, BT, Avaya, Lenovo, EDF, Sanofi-Aventis, and different governments.

Attias was named Chairman of the Board of Publicis Dialog which combined the operations of Publicis Events and a range of marketing services. In 2004, Attias moved to New York and became chairman of Publicis Events Worldwide.

Attias was the Chairman the Advisory Board of the Center on Capitalism and Society from 2009-2010.[citation needed]

In 2009, Attias founded Richard Attias and Associates, a strategic consulting firm with offices in New York, Paris, London, Rabat and Dubai, that supports government and non-governmental organizations worldwide, where he fulfills the position of Executive Chairman. In December 2013, WPP, the global marketing services company, has taken a 30% stake in RA&A.[2] Attias remains chairman of RAA.

Since October 2013, Attias is a member of the 4Afrika Advisory Council, an external board of advisers tasked with guiding strategic investments undertaken by the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative.[3]

Other programs[edit]

In 2008, Attias was named special advisor to the Emirate of Dubai to provide a comprehensive strategy to make the city a destination for major conferences, and cultural and sporting events.[4]

In 2012, he launched the Doha GOALS Forum, a gathering of sport's leaders, which purpose is to use sports as a development tool. [5]

In 2010, he founded The New York Forum,[6] an annual meeting to promote economic leadership and the New York Forum AFRICA in 2012. The first New York Forum AFRICA took place in Libreville, Gabon, from June 8 to June 10.[7]

From February 5th to 7th, 2014, the first edition of the Build Africa Forum took place in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo). Organized by RA&A under the High Patronage of Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, it is the premier international business & investment forum focused on infrastructure in Africa. [8]

RA&A organized the XVth Francophonie Summit, the biennal meeting of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The event was held in Dakar, Senegal in 2014, with approximately 3000 participants. [9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Attias married the former wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.[1] He has lived in France, Switzerland, Japan, Dubai and New York.[10]

Attias also currently serves as Vice President for the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, which supports non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting women’s well being and equality worldwide.

Attias was born into a Jewish family. He completed his studies in civil engineering at the Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse, and earned a masters in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Paris.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (French) Justine Boivin, Richard Attias, Un Prince charmant très influent, Gala, 6 March 2008
  2. ^ The Guardian.
  3. ^ CNB Africa.
  4. ^ Dubai Event Management Corporation appoints Richard Attias as Chief Executive Officer, Ameinfo.com, 6 May 2008
  5. ^ "2012-11 Doha GOALS Forum - International Sports Marketing Chair". International-sports-marketing-chair.essec.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  6. ^ "new-yorkforum.com". new-yorkforum.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Nyf Africa - Home". Ny-forum-africa.com. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  8. ^ Le Point.
  9. ^ RTL.
  10. ^ Gala.
  11. ^ Les echos.

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