Foundation Forum: Speakers M-Z
Europe makes a difference - challenges for the European Social Model
Dublin Castle, 29–30 August, 2002
Dermot McCarthy was born in Dublin in 1954 and is the holder of a BA and MLitt from Trinity College Dublin. Following service in the Department of Industry and Commerce, he joined the Department of Health in 1977. In 1990 he was appointed director of the National Economic and Social Council. He became assistant secretary in the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minsister) in 1993, with responsibility for economic and social policy. In 2000 he was appointed secretary general to the government, where he took on responsibility for both economic and social policy and the Strategic Management Initiative, and in July 2001 was called to the post of secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach. Mr McCarthy is chair of the National Economic and Social Council.
Zdenek Malék was born in 1946 and studied philosophy at Charles University in Prague (Faculty of Philosophy). Active in workers´ movement focusing on international affairs. After 1990 Vice-President of the Czech and Slovak Confederation of Trade Unions, since 1994 Vice-President of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions. Member of the CR Tripartite Team for European integration. Member of the ETUC Executive Committee and the Joint EU/CR Economic and Social Committee. Member of the ICFTU Steering Committee and Chair of the ICFTU Central and Eastern European Trade Union Council.
Philippe Marcel, aged 48, is president of Adecco Holding France and administrator of the world Adecco group. A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, he began his career with the Compagnie Française des surgelés (frozen food company) responsible for imports. From 1981 to 1989 he held several posts at the temporary work agency ECCO, before being appointed director general of InterEcco, present in 13 European countries. In 1997 Philippe Marcel was nominated CEO of the Adecco group France and became a member of the executive committee of the world Adecco group. At the same time he was director of affairs for France, Morocco and South Africa.
John P. Martin is a director of education, employment, labour and social affairs in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A graduate of economics of University College Dublin, in 1975 he was appointed research fellow at Nuffield College and lecturer in economics at Merton College (Oxford), and from 1975 to 1977 was also lecturer at the University of Buckingham. Since joining the OECD in 1977, he has held several posts in both in his current directorate and in the economics department. He has also been editor of the OECD Employment Outlook, member of the editorial board of OECD economic studies and associate editor of Labour Economics. He is a part?time professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
Yves Mény, of French nationality, is current president of the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught at the Universities of Rennes and Paris2, the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and at the EUI. In 2001 he was elected President of the EUI and took office on 1 January 2002. He is a member of editorial boards in numerous French and international journals, and was elected chair of the executive committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Professor Mény's main scientific interests are in the fields of comparative politics and policies, French politics and administration.
Jan Olsson was born in 1943. He is a member of the Economic and Social Committee and president of its employment, social policy and citizenship section. Mr Olsson is senior advisor at the Swedish cooperative institute, KOOPi, an umbrella organisation of the Swedish cooperative movement which fosters the development of the social economy sector in Sweden. Previously he was responsible for economic analysis and international affairs at the Swedish Metalworkers' Union.
Peter Sutherland has been chair and managing director of Goldman Sachs International since 1995. He is also non-executive chair of BP Amoco. Educated at University College Dublin and at the Honorable Society of the King's Inns, he was a tutor in law at University College Dublin from 1969 to 1971. He was appointed Attorney General of Ireland and a member of the Council of State from 1981 until early 1982. He was reappointed in 1982 until 1984 when he was nominated by the Government of Ireland as European Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy. He served as director-general of the World Trade Organisation, formerly GATT, from 1993 to 1995 where he was instrumental in concluding the Uruguay GATT Round Negociations. Mr Sutherland was presented with the Robert Schuman Medal for his work on European Integration.
Tiziano Treu was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1939. A university professor of labour law and former Minister of Labour, he was elected a senator of the Italian Parliament on 13 May 2001. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Margherita Group, a member of the 11th Permanent Committee of labour and social welfare and a member of the steering committee of social security organisations since 15 November 2001.
Eleftherios Tziolas, undersecretary of state for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Greece, was born in Grevena, Northern Greece, in 1953. He has a degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Thessalonica and pursued postgraduate studies in internal combustion engines, environmental impact and alternative forms of energy. From 1984 to 1992 he was engaged in environmental engineering projects for local and regional agencies, becoming director of the Hellenic Petroleum Enterprise with responsibility for the development of investment collaborations in Balkans and the countries around the Black Sea in 1998. He served as urban councillor in the Municipality of Thessalonica 1978-82 and held several municipal posts before being elected Member of Parliament for the district of Grevena in 2000. He was appointed to his current post in October 2001.
Rose-Marie Van Lerberghe
Managing director of Altedia Human Resources, Rose-Marie Van Lerberghe started her career as inspector at the General Inspection of Social Affairs in 1976, became head of the National Fund for Employment in 1982 and was appointed deputy director for labour defence and promotion at the employment delegation of the Ministry of Labour in 1983. Director of social development of the BSN group from 1986 till 1988, Ms Van Lerberghe was general manager of the Verreries de Masnières company from 1990 till 1992 and of l'Alsacienne from 1992 till 1993. She subsequently became managing director for human resources at Danone (former BSN Group) and was delegate-general for employment and vocational training at the French Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 1996 till 1999.
Jérôme Vignon is chief adviser to the secretary general of the European Commission in Brussels. Following an early career spent in the French public administration in economic and financial planning, he joined the European Commission in 1985, working alongside Jacques Delors, the former Commission president. He worked in the Commission's Forward Studies Unit from 1987 to 1998, with responsibility for identifying the main features of a 'European model for society'. Following a two?year return to France, he was assigned the task of preparing the Commission's white paper on European governance by Commission President Romano Prodi.
Malcolm Wicks MP is parliamentary under-secretary of state for work at the Department for Work and Pensions. From 1999 he had been parliamentary under-secretary of state for lifelong learning at the Department for Education and Employment. Mr Wicks was chair of the Education Select Committee from 1998 until his appointment as a minister. He has been Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 1992. Educated at North West London Polytechnic and the London School of Economics, Mr Wicks worked as a social policy analyst at the Home Office from 1958 to 1974 and then as a university lecturer from 1974 to 1977. Before entering parliament in 1992, he was director of the Family Policy Studies Centre.
Theodore Zeldin is president of the Oxford Muse, a new foundation whose aim is to develop more inspiring ways of working, of understanding others and of being understood, of widening personal horizons, contacts and potential. His books, translated into 22 languages, include An Intimate History of Humanity, Conversation, A History of French Passions, Happiness, The French, etc. He is a former fellow and dean of St Antony's College, Oxford, and a former visiting professor at Harvard and the University of Southern California, a member of the BBC Brains Trust, of the management committee of the Society of Authors, and of the Strategic Leadership Management studies programme at Templeton College, Oxford, and chair of the Oxford Food Symposium.