Making a Comeback: A Return to Jobs and Growth

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

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