President, Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory
Claude Smadja created Smadja & Associates, now Smadja & Smadja, in June 2001. Before creating Smadja & Smadja, Claude was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum from 1995 to 2001. He has been involved with the World Economic Forum for 14 years first as a member of the Executive Board before re-joining the organization as its Managing Director.
Claude Smadja started his career as an international journalist first in the print media and then joining the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation where his last position was as Executive Director for the News and Current Affairs Division. He is a frequent speaker on macroeconomic and geopolitical issues, and especially on issues and trends relating to globalization, on Asia’s issues – especially India and China – and on the evolution of Europe. He contributes occasionally to international publications. Claude Smadja sits on the boards of some international corporations and is also a member of the International Board of Overseers of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Smadja & Smadja, a strategic advisory firm, was created in 2001 on the assumption that, as a result of globalization, more and more non business factors are affecting business decision-making processes. The firm works with global corporations and government entities on strategic issues. Our mission is to provide our clients with insights and tools that will allow them to develop their anticipation capabilities, connect their strategies and priorities to the “global picture” and to help them to navigate and leverage globalization. The firm is specialized in generating high value-added knowledge, especially in terms of trends identification and assessment, and in creating “platforms of content” – international high-profile conferences, seminars, workshops, and strategic groups. With offices in Switzerland and in United States, Smadja & Smadja has clients and partner organizations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.