Executive Director, Global Green Growth Initiative
Mr. Richard M. 'Rick' Samans is Executive Director of the Global Green Growth Institute, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
He was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum until March 2011, overseeing the Forum’s policy and public-private partnership initiatives as well as its relations with international organizations, governments, NGOs, unions and other non-business constituencies. In addition to helping to shape the global-issues content of Forum summits, he played an important role in developing the organization’s portfolio of multistakeholder projects, which now engage over 300 Forum member companies in action- or policy-oriented work with experts from official, civil society, academic and other institutions.
Before joining the Forum in 2001, Mr. Samas served as Special Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy in the U.S. White House. As Senior Director of the National Security Council’s International Economic Affairs directorate and a senior staff member of the National Economic Council, he assisted President Clinton on a broad range of international trade and financial policy matters. From 1996 - 1998, as Economic Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), he assisted Senator Daschle and the Senate Democratic Caucus on international trade and monetary, tax, and broad economic policy issues.
Mr. Samans previously served in a variety of roles in government, the private sector, and research institutions and remains Senior Policy Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Non-Resident Senior Fellow for International Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress and Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. He is the author of a range of publications on international economic policy.
Mr. Samans has a BA from Tufts University and an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.