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Monday, June 8, 2015

World leaders from all over the globe are heading to Telfs-Buchen Austria for the 63rd annual Bilderberg Conference, which is set to take place from June 11-14.

140 leaders from 22 countries are going to the conference to discuss a variety of issues, the details of which remain shrouded in mystery. Police in the area have already put the small town of Telfs-Buchen under martial law in preparation for the conference.

The conference has released the key topics of discussion for this year, and many of them could have a huge impact on all of us. These topics include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Chemical Weapons Threats
  • Current Economic Issues
  • European Strategy
  • Globalisation
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • NATO
  • Russia
  • Terrorism
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • US Elections

Though the conference has done their best to keep the list of attendees under wraps, the list was recently leaked to the press:

Final list of Participants

Chairman

Castries, Henri deChairman and CEO, AXA GroupFRA
Achleitner, Paul M.Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AGDEU
Agius, MarcusNon-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting GroupGBR
Ahrenkiel, ThomasDirector, Danish Intelligence Service (DDIS)DNK
Allen, John R.Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, US Department of StateUSA
Altman, Roger C.Executive Chairman, EvercoreUSA
Applebaum, AnneDirector of Transitions Forum, Legatum InstitutePOL
Apunen, MattiDirector, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVAFIN
Baird, ZoëCEO and President, Markle FoundationUSA
Balls, Edward M.Former Shadow Chancellor of the ExchequerGBR
Balsemão, Francisco PintoChairman, Impresa SGPSPRT
Barroso, José M. DurãoFormer President of the European CommissionPRT
Baverez, NicolasPartner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPFRA
Benko, RenéFounder, SIGNA Holding GmbHAUT
Bernabè, FrancoChairman, FB Group SRLITA
Beurden, Ben vanCEO, Royal Dutch Shell plcNLD
Bigorgne, LaurentDirector, Institut MontaigneFRA
Boone, LaurenceSpecial Adviser on Financial and Economic Affairs to the PresidentFRA
Botín, Ana P.Chairman, Banco SantanderESP
Brandtzæg, Svein RichardPresident and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASANOR
Bronner, OscarPublisher, Standard VerlagsgesellschaftAUT
Burns, WilliamPresident, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceUSA
Calvar, PatrickDirector General, DGSIFRA
Castries, Henri deChairman, Bilderberg Meetings; Chairman and CEO, AXA GroupFRA
Cebrián, Juan LuisExecutive Chairman, Grupo PRISAESP
Clark, W. EdmundRetired Executive, TD Bank GroupCAN
Coeuré, BenoîtMember of the Executive Board, European Central BankINT
Coyne, AndrewEditor, Editorials and Comment, National PostCAN
Damberg, Mikael L.Minister for Enterprise and InnovationSWE
De Gucht, KarelFormer EU Trade Commissioner, State MinisterBEL
Dijsselbloem, JeroenMinister of FinanceNLD
Donilon, Thomas E.Former U.S. National Security Advisor; Partner and Vice Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLPUSA
Döpfner, MathiasCEO, Axel Springer SEDEU
Dowling, AnnPresident, Royal Academy of EngineeringGBR
Dugan, ReginaVice President for Engineering, Advanced Technology and Projects, GoogleUSA
Eilertsen, TrinePolitical Editor, AftenpostenNOR
Eldrup, MereteCEO, TV 2 Danmark A/SDNK
Elkann, JohnChairman and CEO, EXOR; Chairman, Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesITA
Enders, ThomasCEO, Airbus GroupDEU
Erdoes, MaryCEO, JP Morgan Asset ManagementUSA
Fairhead, RonaChairman, BBC TrustGBR
Federspiel, UlrikExecutive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/SDNK
Feldstein, Martin S.President Emeritus, NBER;  Professor of Economics, Harvard UniversityUSA
Ferguson, NiallProfessor of History, Harvard University, Gunzberg Center for European StudiesUSA
Fischer, HeinzFederal PresidentAUT
Flint, Douglas J.Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plcGBR
Franz, ChristophChairman of the Board, F. Hoffmann-La Roche LtdCHE
Fresco, Louise O.President and Chairman Executive Board, Wageningen University and Research CentreNLD
Griffin, KennethFounder and CEO, Citadel Investment Group, LLCUSA
Gruber, LilliExecutive Editor and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TVITA
Guriev, SergeiProfessor of Economics, Sciences PoRUS
Gürkaynak, GönençManaging Partner, ELIG Law FirmTUR
Gusenbauer, AlfredFormer Chancellor of the Republic of AustriaAUT
Halberstadt, VictorProfessor of Economics, Leiden UniversityNLD
Hampel, ErichChairman, UniCredit Bank Austria AGAUT
Hassabis, DemisVice President of Engineering, Google DeepMindGBR
Hesoun, WolfgangCEO, Siemens AustriaAUT
Hildebrand, PhilippVice Chairman, BlackRock Inc.CHE
Hoffman, ReidCo-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedInUSA
Ischinger, WolfgangChairman, Munich Security ConferenceINT
Jacobs, Kenneth M.Chairman and CEO, LazardUSA
Jäkel, JuliaCEO, Gruner + JahrDEU
Johnson, James A.Chairman, Johnson Capital PartnersUSA
Juppé, AlainMayor of Bordeaux, Former Prime MinisterFRA
Kaeser, JoePresident and CEO, Siemens AGDEU
Karp, AlexCEO, Palantir TechnologiesUSA
Kepel, GillesUniversity Professor, Sciences PoFRA
Kerr, JohnDeputy Chairman, Scottish PowerGBR
Kesici, IlhanMP, Turkish ParliamentTUR
Kissinger, Henry A.Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.USA
Kleinfeld, KlausChairman and CEO, AlcoaUSA
Knot, Klaas H.W.President, De Nederlandsche BankNLD
Koç, Mustafa V.Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.TUR
Kogler, KonradDirector General, Directorate General for Public SecurityAUT
Kravis, Henry R.Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.USA
Kravis, Marie-JoséeSenior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson InstituteUSA
Kudelski, AndréChairman and CEO, Kudelski GroupCHE
Lauk, KurtPresident, Globe Capital PartnersDEU
Lemne, CarolaCEO, The Confederation of Swedish EnterpriseSWE
Levey, StuartChief Legal Officer, HSBC Holdings plcUSA
Leyen, Ursula von derMinister of DefenceDEU
Leysen, ThomasChairman of the Board of Directors, KBC GroupBEL
Maher, ShirazSenior Research Fellow, ICSR, King’s College LondonGBR
Markus Lassen, ChristinaHead of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Security Policy and StabilisationDNK
Mathews, Jessica T.Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceUSA
Mattis, JamesDistinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford UniversityUSA
Maudet, PierreVice-President of the State Council, Department of Security, Police and the Economy of GenevaCHE
McKay, David I.President and CEO, Royal Bank of CanadaCAN
Mert, NurayColumnist, Professor of Political Science, Istanbul UniversityTUR
Messina, JimCEO, The Messina GroupUSA
Michel, CharlesPrime MinisterBEL
Micklethwait, JohnEditor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LPUSA
Minton Beddoes, ZannyEditor-in-Chief, The EconomistGBR
Monti, MarioSenator-for-life; President, Bocconi UniversityITA
Mörttinen, LeenaExecutive Director, The Finnish Family Firms AssociationFIN
Mundie, Craig J.Principal, Mundie & AssociatesUSA
Munroe-Blum, HeatherChairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment BoardCAN
Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of theNLD
O’Leary, MichaelCEO, Ryanair PlcIRL
Osborne, GeorgeFirst Secretary of State and Chancellor of the ExchequerGBR
Özel, SoliColumnist, Haberturk Newspaper; Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has UniversityTUR
Papalexopoulos, DimitriGroup CEO, Titan Cement Co.GRC
Pégard, CatherinePresident, Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of VersaillesFRA
Perle, Richard N.Resident Fellow, American Enterprise InstituteUSA
Petraeus, David H.Chairman, KKR Global InstituteUSA
Pikrammenos, PanagiotisHonorary President of The Hellenic Council of StateGRC
Reisman, Heather M.Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.CAN
Rocca, GianfeliceChairman, Techint GroupITA
Roiss, GerhardCEO, OMV AustriaAUT
Rubin, Robert E.Co Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the TreasuryUSA
Rutte, MarkPrime MinisterNLD
Sadjadpour, KarimSenior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceUSA
Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, PedroLeader, Partido Socialista Obrero Español PSOEESP
Sawers, JohnChairman and Partner, Macro Advisory PartnersGBR
Sayek Böke, SelinVice President, Republican People’s PartyTUR
Schmidt, Eric E.Executive Chairman, Google Inc.USA
Scholten, RudolfCEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AGAUT
Senard, Jean-DominiqueCEO, Michelin GroupFRA
Sevelda, KarlCEO, Raiffeisen Bank International AGAUT
Stoltenberg, JensSecretary General, NATOINT
Stubb, AlexanderPrime MinisterFIN
Suder, KatrinDeputy Minister of DefenseDEU
Sutherland, Peter D.UN Special Representative; Chairman, Goldman Sachs InternationalIRL
Svanberg, Carl-HenricChairman, BP plc; Chairman, AB VolvoSWE
Svarva, OlaugCEO, The Government Pension Fund NorwayNOR
Thiel, Peter A.President, Thiel CapitalUSA
Tsoukalis, LoukasPresident, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign PolicyGRC
Üzümcü, AhmetDirector-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical WeaponsINT
Vitorino, António M.Partner, Cuetrecasas, Concalves Pereira, RLPRT
Wallenberg, JacobChairman, Investor ABSWE
Weber, VinPartner, Mercury LLCUSA
Wolf, Martin H.Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial TimesGBR
Wolfensohn, James D.Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and CompanyUSA
Zoellick, Robert B.Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs GroupUSA

What they have planned is anyone’s guess, but it will surely have an impact on all of us.

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