Thierry de Montbrial is President of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), which he founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des Sciences morales et Politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign Academies including the Russian Academy of Sciences.He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international companies and institutions. Thierry de Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique from 1974 to 1992. He was the first Chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993-2001). Entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d'Analyse et de Prévision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was its first director (1973-1979). He has authored fifteen books, several of them translated in various languages.He is a Commandeur of the Légion d'honneur and has been awarded other state honors by the French and several foreign governments. He was awarded the Grand Prix of the French Geographic Society in 2003. Thierry de Montbrial was born in 1943. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.