John Rossant

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John Rossant
BornJanuary 29, 1955
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
EmployerNew Cities Foundation
Spouse(s)Antonella Caruso
ChildrenJordan, Matteo, and Alexandre
Parent(s)Murray Rossant, Naima Landman
RelativesJames Rossant, Juliette Rossant, Susie Orbach, Colette Rossant

John Rossant (born January 29, 1955) is the founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation, an organization looking at the future of the urban world.[1] He is also the Managing Partner of Rossant & Partners LLC., the global advisory firm based in New York and Paris.

Early life and education[edit]

Rossant was born and brought up in New York City, the second son Murray Rossant and Naima Landman. His father was a journalist, who worked for Business Week, served on the Editorial Board on the New York Times, and later headed the progressive public policy group, the Twentieth Century Fund (now known as The Century Foundation).

After graduating from Collegiate School on New York’s Upper West Side in 1972, he was admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he achieved a BA (Hons) in 1977.[2] Interested in the Middle East and Classical Arabic, he obtained a CASA postgraduate scholarship to study at the American University of Cairo in Egypt, completing his course in 1978.[3]

Journalism career[edit]

On returning to New York from Egypt, he became a journalist: his first full-time job was as the Riyadh-based correspondent of Arab News, the English-language daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia, from 1979 to 1981. This was a particularly turbulent period in the Middle East which saw the Second Oil Shock and the 1979 assault by Islamist extremists on the Great Mosque of Mecca – both events covered extensively by Rossant. Rossant returned to the US, where he helped found a newsletter on the global energy market, Petroleum Information International, before joining the staff of BusinessWeek in 1983. In 1984, he was then posted to Paris as BusinessWeek correspondent, where he remained until 1989, when he moved to Italy as BusinessWeek's Rome Bureau Chief and Middle Eastern Correspondent. After spending a decade in the Italian capital, he returned to Paris in 1999 as BusinessWeek's European Editor, managing the correspondents and support staff of the magazine’s four Europe-based news bureaus until 2005.[2]

During his tenure as Europe Editor of BusinessWeek, Rossant took a year’s sabbatical in order to write a biography of the Saudi Arabian businessman and investor Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He spent most of the year traveling around the world with the Prince, but the manuscript was never published, possibly due editorial differences between Prince Al-Waleed and Rossant.[dubious ]

During his career as a journalist and bureau chief, Rossant received several prizes in recognition of his work, including the Overseas Press Club Award, in 1989 and 1993, and the German Marshall Fund Peter Weitz Award, in 2000 and 2003.[4]

Publicis Groupe and PublicisLive[edit]

In 2005, Rossant was appointed Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs of Paris-based Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest communications holding companies.[5] He also became a member of Publicis Groupe’s Executive Committee.

In 2008, Rossant became Executive Chairman of the global events management company PublicisLive,[6] based in Geneva. Shortly after Rossant’s arrival, the WEF signed a seven-year exclusive contract with PublicisLive.[7]

In March 2010, Rossant oversaw the launch of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit (ADMS), inspired by the successful formula of the Monaco Media Forum, which Rossant had founded in 2006 in a collaboration he put together with Prince Albert II of Monaco.[citation needed]

In 2010, Rossant led the organization of the E-G8 Summit, at the request of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.[citation needed]

New Cities Foundation[edit]

In 2010, Rossant founded the New Cities Foundation, an independent non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, but with a main office in Paris, France. The Foundation is independent and non-partisan and is funded mainly by partners and members.[8] The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century cities.

The Foundation has launched several in-house research projects, through its 'Urban (Co)lab.'[9] A particular focus of the Foundation is centered on its annual meeting, the 'New Cities Summits',[10] editions of which have been held in Paris,[11] São Paulo[12] and Dallas.[13] These summits bring together government officials, technological prodigies and business executives.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In September 1992 Rossant married Antonella Caruso,[14] at the time a special adviser to the Italian Foreign Minister Gianni De Michelis in the field of Middle Eastern Affairs. They have three children.

The Rossants maintain homes in New York and Paris, while their country retreat at Livry in Normandy is an 18th-century chateau.[15]

Other honorary commitments[edit]

Rossant is a Member of the Dean's International Council, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies. He is also Co-founder and Board Member of the Fondation Tocqueville, Paris and a board member of both the French-American Foundation and Humanity in Action.[4]


  1. ^ "Our Team - New Cities Foundation". New Cities Foundation.
  2. ^ a b "Wisconsin Alumni Association". Wisconsin Alumni Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "John Rossant - New Cities Summit 2014". New Cities Summit 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  5. ^ "Un journaliste chez Publicis".
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  7. ^ "PublicisLive wins long-term contract for World Economic Forum".
  8. ^ "Our Story - New Cities Foundation". New Cities Foundation.
  9. ^ "Urban (co)LAB - New Cities Foundation". New Cities Foundation.
  10. ^ "New Cities Summit". New Cities Foundation.
  11. ^ Make Me Pulse. "New Cities Summit Paris 2012".
  12. ^ "New Cities Summit 2013 - The Human City - 4-6 June 2013 - SÃO PAULO". New Cities Summit 2013.
  13. ^ "New Cities Summit 2014 - Re-Imagining Cities - 17-19 June 2014 - Dallas, Texas". New Cities Summit 2014.
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  15. ^ Andréa R. Vaucher (May 16, 2007). "In Normandy, Buying and Restoring - New York Times". Retrieved February 23, 2012.

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