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Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Professor of International Political Economy and founding Director of The Evian Group at IMD, Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland.


His areas of special interest include globalization, global governance, trade and development, inclusive growth and the socio-economic, cultural, and business dynamics of Asia. He acts in various leading capacities in a number of public policy institutes and organizations, as an adviser to governments and corporations, and as a frequent commentator in the international media. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.


His most recent books include: (with John Haffner and Tomas Casas i Klett), Japan's Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship (2009), and, co-edited with his son Fabrice Lehmann Peace and Prosperity through World Trade: Achieving the 2019 Vision, (2010) Cambridge University Press.


In 1995, Professor Lehmann launched The Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. The Evian Group, based at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), has developed as a leading global voice on global trade and investment issues that acts as a forum for dialogue and a birth place of ideas; it also engages actively in advocacy to counter the forces of protectionism and chauvinism. Jean-Pierre Lehmann works closely with a number of international forums and think tanks, including the World Economic Forum where he is a member of two of its GACs (Global Agenda Councils), on Trade and on the Future of China.


Prior to joining IMD in 1997, Professor Lehmann's career encompassed activities in virtually all Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. In the course of the last decade, he has also become involved in projects in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, while maintaining his close ties in Asia.


Previously, Jean-Pierre Lehmann was Associate Professor of International Business at INSEAD, Visiting Professor at the Bologna Center (Italy) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, twice Visiting Professor and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tohoku (Japan), and founding director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling (Scotland), where he also taught East Asian history. He also directed the EC-ASEAN 'Transfer of Technology and Socio-Economic Development Programmes' (1981–1986).


From 2011 he joins Dr Victor Fung, chairman of Li & Fung, in contributing to the establishment of the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong.





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