Elite and important figures from 23 countries are confirmed to attend the secretive Bilderberg meeting which starts in Switzerland on Thursday and ends on Sunday. The event’s website has revealed that about 130 participants will attend the conference this year to discuss important issues that impact today’s society. But who is in the Bilderberg Group and what are they going to discuss on Thursday?
The Bilderberg Group, founded in 1954, meet annually for the Bilderberg Meeting and will meet on Thursday in Montreux in Switzerland to discuss a number of important topics.
It is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europena and North America.
Invited guests tend to include political leaders and experts from industry, finance, labour, academia and the media.
A few guests attending this year’s meeting have been revealed.
One individual set to attend is Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump.
Other attendees include French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger are also confirmed attendees.
British attendees include:
- Andrew Adonis: House of Lords member
- Jeremy Fleming: Director at British Government Communications Headquarters
- Timothy Garton Ash: Professor of European Studies at Oxford University
- Helge Lund: Chairman at BP plc and chairman at Novo Nordisk AS
- Zanny Minton Beddoes: Editor-in-Chief at The Economist
- John Sawers: Executive Chairman at Newbridge Advisory
- Minouche Shafik: Director at The London School of Economics and Political Science
- Mustafa Suleyman: Co-Founder at Deepmind
- Mark Tucker: Group Chairman at HSBC Holding plc
- Tom Tugendhat: Conservative Party MP
- Martin H. Wolf: Chief Economics Commentator at Financial Times
A full list of attendees can be found here.
Approximately two thirds of the participants come from Europe while the rest come from North America.
The secret meeting is a formal for informal discussions about major issues.
The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed.
The meeting attendees are therefore invited to participate as individuals rather than representatives for any official agency or organisations and therefore are not bound by any conventions of their office or pre-agreed positions.
What is up for discussion?
The Bilderberg Meetings are forums and therefore there is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken and no policy statements are issued.
The secret group instead has published a list of key topics for discussion but has not otherwise steered or directed the conversation within each of these subject areas.
The topics for discussion this year are:
A Stable Strategic Order
What Next for Europe?
Climate Change and Sustainability
The Future of Capitalism
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
The Weaponisation of Social Media
The Importance of Space
The clandestine nature of the Bilderberg Meeting regularly sparks conspiracy theories and accusations of a “secret world order,” but organisers say the restricted gathering with rules on reporting simply allows more freedom within discussions.
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