Twice-failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla, Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and World Economic Forum President Børge Brende are among the cadre of participants listed for the Bilderberg meeting currently underway in Lisbon, Portugal.
Some of the other participants for the May 18-21 meeting include NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly, and John Waldron, president and COO of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
The Economist editor in chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution Matthew Pottinger, and Bloomberg editor in chief John Micklethwait, are some more of the listed participants.
A press release lists “key topics” to be covered during the meeting, including artificial intelligence, China, Europe, India, Russia, Ukraine, NATO, “Energy Transition,” “US Leadership,” “Transnational Threats,” “Industrial Policy and Trade,” “Fiscal Challenges,” and the “Banking System.”
“The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed,” the press release notes.
The frequently asked questions section of bilderbergmeetings.org includes a question that asks, “In today’s information society and with so many of your participants regularly underscoring the importance of transparency in an open society, how can you justify imposing the Chatham House Rule?”
The answer to the question says, “Participants are of course free to discuss ideas expressed at the Meeting in general terms and many do so every year. However, as in many meetings across the world, participants agree not to quote each other. This is to ensure that all participants feel they can speak freely in an environment of trust.”
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