Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; Visiting Scholar 2009-2010, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
October 28, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Paris region President and former French Minister of Research and Higher Education (2007-2011), Valérie Pécresse will discuss how decision-makers can deliver important social and economic reforms in a challenging European context of rising populism and isolationism.
Valérie Pécresse is the President of the Paris region in France (since December 2015). This region is home to 12 million citizens and at $847 billion its GDP is the largest of any region in Europe.
She is a graduate from France’s leading business school (HEC Paris) and from the renowned Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the graduate school for France’s top civil servants. She started her career as a judge and was appointed adviser to French President Jacques Chirac in 1998, focusing on emerging technologies.
She was appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research by President Sarkozy in 2007 and then Minister of Budget and Government spokesperson in 2011. She was also a member of the French National Assembly from 2002 to 2015.