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2012 Annual Conference Highlights

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National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling speaks at the 4th annual Bertelsmann Foundation - Financial Times conference on April 19, 2012.

European Central Bank Executive Board Member Jörg Asmussen, US Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Canadian Finance Minister James M. Flaherty

Moderator Ed Luce of the Financial Times, US Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, and German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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Former USTR Charlene Barshefsky and China Merchants Bank President and CEO Ma Weihua

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European Central Bank Executive Board Member Jörg Asmussen

Moderator Robin Harding of the Financial Times, European Central Bank Executive Board Member Jörg Asmussen, US Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Canadian Finance Minister James M. Flaherty, National Bank of Poland President Marek Belka

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US Congressman Chris Van Hollen

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German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen

Moderator Geoff Dyer of the Financial Times, Danish Economics Minister Margrethe Vestager, US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue, China-Brazil Business Council Chairman Sérgio Silva do Amaral, United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher

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Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser leads the discussion with Rolf Langhammer and Vincent Truglia on the Foundation’s proposal for a new credit rating agency.

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US Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis

Video: 2012 Annual Conference Highlights
Video: State of the Union I: A Conversation with Gene Sperling
Video: State of the Union II: A Conversation with Chris Van Hollen
Video: On The Job: Working For Reform
Video: In The Know: Learning To Create Jobs
Video: Luncheon with China Merchants Bank President and CEO Ma Weihua
Video: Balancing An Unbalanced World: Must Some Sacrifice So That Others Gain?
Video: Presentation of "Positive Outlook: A Blueprint for an International Non-Profit Credit Rating Agency"
Video: Give Us Some Credit: Kick-Starting Economic Growth
Video: 2012 Spring Reception: Remarks by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2012) - The fourth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times financial conference was held April 18-19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The event kicked off with an evening reception for more than 400 people at the US capital’s National Portrait Gallery. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was the guest of honor and spoke to participants on the eve of the Fund’s spring meeting.

The conference itself was held the following day at the Newseum. Sessions focused on labor-market reform and innovation, global financial governance, the euro crisis, and the presentation of a Bertelsmann Foundation report on establishing INCRA, an international non-profit credit rating agency.

Featured conference speakers included:

Jörg Asmussen, European Central Bank Executive Board Member and former German Deputy Finance Minister
Marek Belka, National Bank of Poland President and former Polish Prime Minister
Thomas J. Donohue, US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
James M. Flaherty, Canadian Minister of Finance
Brian Gallagher, United Way President and CEO
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director and former Indonesian Finance Minister
Ma Weihua, China Merchants Bank President and CEO
Gregory W. Meeks, US Congressman
Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor
Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Chris Van Hollen, US Congressman
Margrethe Vestager, Danish Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior
Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

The conference agenda and summaries of each session can be found in the column on the right.

Participants included representatives of government, business, academia, think tanks, the media and the diplomatic community from around the world.