35th Annual Plenary Meeting

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The InterAction Council held its 35th Annual Plenary Meeting in Beijing, P.R. China, from 28 to 30 September 2018.

This meeting was comprised of the following sessions:

  • Present State of the World, The Global Economy and the War on Trade
  • Artificial Intelligence, The Coming Wave: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Climate Change, Plastics and the Health of the Planet
  • The Future Agenda


InterAction Council Members

  1. The Hon. Bertie Ahern, Co-Chairman (former Prime Minister), Ireland
  2. H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Co-Chairman (former President), Nigeria
  3. The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, Honorary Co-Chairman (former Prime Minister), Canada
  4. H.E. Dr. Oscar Arias (former President), Costa Rica
  5. The Rt. Hon. James Bolger (former Prime Minister), New Zealand
  6. H.E. Dr. Lawrence Gonzi (former Prime Minister), Malta
  7. H.E. Mr. Kabiné Komara (former Prime Minister), Guinea
  8. H.E. Mr. Bronisław Komorowski (former President), Poland
  9. H.E. Mr. Luis Alberto Lacalle (former President), Uruguay
  10. H.E. Dr. Lee Hong Koo (former Prime Minister), Korea
  11. H.E. Mr. Péter Medgyessy (former Prime Minister), Hungary
  12. The Rt. Hon. Sir James Mitchell (former Prime Minister), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa (former President), Tanzania
  14. H.E. Mr. Andrés Pastrana (former President), Colombia
  15. H.E. Mr. Jorge Quiroga (former President), Bolivia
  16. The Rt. Hon. Mr. Tung Chee Hwa (former Chief Executive), Hong Kong Administration
  17. H.E. Dr. Danilo Türk (former President), Slovenia
  18. H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou (former President), Cyprus

Associate Members

  1. H.E. Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, 17th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (India)
  2. The Hon. Christy Clark, former Premier of British Columbia (Canada)
  3. H.E. Mr. William F. Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts (US)


  1. Dr. Thomas Axworthy, Chair of Public Policy, Massey College, University of Toronto (Canada)

Special Guests

  1. H.E. Mr. Gian Franco Terenzi, former Captain Regent (Head of State) of San Marino 
  2. Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko, Chair, Ukraine 3000 International Foundation (Ukraine)
  3. Ms. Muriel Clauson, CEO and Founder, Oppticity; Doctoral Candidate and research fellow, University of Georgia and Emory University (US)
  4. Mr. Zakary Dychtwald, Founder, Young China Group; Author, Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World (US)
  5. Dr. Kai Fang, Deputy Director of Environmental & Energy Policy Center, Zhejiang University (P.R. China)
  6. Dr. Gauden Galea, WHO Representative in the People’s Republic of China 
  7. Ms. Holly Kaufman, President, Environment & Enterprise Strategies; Advisor, Center for Carbon Removal (US)
  8. Dr. Peng Gong, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth System Science; Dean, School of Science, Tsinghua University (P.R. China)
  9. Ms. Dakota Gruener, Executive Director, ID2020 (US)
  10. Mr. David Harmon, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies (Ireland)
  11. Mr. Guowen Lu, President, Zhejiang University Alumni Association of North America (P.R. China)
  12. H.E. Dr. Sawsan Majali, Senator, Jordanian Senate (Jordan)
  13. H.E. Amb. John McCallum, Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China (Canada)
  14. Dr. Joanna Nurse, Strategic Advisor, InterAction Council; former Head of Health and Education, the Commonwealth (UK)
  15. H.E. Amb. Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China (Ireland)
  16. Dr. Tina J. Park, Co-founder & Executive Director, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Canada)
  17. Mr. Alexander Rafael, Co-founder and Director, Climb Credit (US)
  18. Mr. Robert Sandford, Senior Advisor on Water Issues, InterAction Council; EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Canada)
  19. Mr. Guy L. Smith, Senior Counselor, The Hawthorn Group, Global Public Affairs & Advocacy; Principal Member, Votary Niccolò LLC, Special Situations Counsel (US)
  20. Mr. Henry Danjing Wen, Senior Advisor on Business, InterAction Council; CEO, Foundation of World Leadership (P.R. China)
  21. Dr. Chao Wu, Research Professor in School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University (P.R. China)
  22. Dr. Weiwen Zhang, Professor and Vice Dean, School of Public Affairs; Founding Director, Center for New Urbanization, Zhejiang University (P.R. China)
  23. Mr. Zhu Haibin, President, WS Mall (P.R. China)
  24. Dr. Moneef Zou’bi, Science Advisor, InterAction Council; Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences (Jordan)