Richard Samans

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Richard Samans

Role Within the World Economic Forum

Managing Director, Centre for Public-Private Partnerships[1]


Rick received a BA in Economics and French from Tufts University. He completed a Masters degree in International Affairs at Columbia University.[2]


Rick began his career in 1982 with Credit Lyonnais USA as Corporate Lending Officer. He then became Legislative Assistant to a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, between 1985 and 1988. Until 1991, Rick was a Professional Staff Member and Senior Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. From 1992 to 1993, he was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in London and Washington DC. Rick was then Associate Director and Staff Director for the Subcouncil on Capital Allocation on the Competitiveness Policy Council between 1993 and 1996. Thereafter, he held the position of Economic Policy Adviser to the Senate Minority Leader until 1999. Rick served the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the United States President for International Economic Policy, from 1999-2001. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member and Guest Lecturer in International Relations at the School of International Service, American University. Rick joined the World Economic Forum in 2001 as Director of Global Issues, and as an Associate Member of the Managing Board. He was appointed Managing Director in August 2003.[3]