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Maria Livanos Cattaui is a member of the Board of Directors of Petroplus Holdings AG, Switzerland. She was Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005. She has championed the role of world business in the global economy. She has been instrumental in establishing a global partnership between business and the United Nations, leading to greater business input into UN economic activities. Mrs Cattaui worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became Managing Director, responsible for the celebrated Annual Meeting in Davos, building the public awareness it enjoys today.

She holds Executive Board, Board and Advisory Board memberships on many organizations and institutions, including the International Crisis Group (Brussels), EastWest Institute (New York), the Institute of International Education (New York), the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), the International Youth Foundation (Baltimore), the Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University, Washington DC), the Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto), the ICT4Peace Foundation (Switzerland).

Cattaui, of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, was educated in the United States. She graduated with honours from Harvard University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Toronto.

In 2008, she was appointed member of UN Leadership Group on business and human rights .