by Malcolm Curtis|April 11, 2012
Former US President Bill Clinton is bringing his gift of the gab to Lausanne next month.
The Democratic Party politician, who served as America’s 42nd president from 1993 to 2001, heads a group of speakers at the Inspire for Excellence Forum, which aims to showcase the importance of “sustainability”.
Clinton is set to speak about the “challenge of globalization and will indicate the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values,” according to a release issued by IMD.
“We are delighted to welcome President Clinton to IMD,” said Dominique Turpin, the school’s president, in a statement.
“We are living in a time of increasing interdependence among world leaders and business leaders,” Turpin said.
“Both must work together to bring forth a better tomorrow and both must be accountable to the people they serve.”
Since he left office, Clinton has remained active, despite health concerns that have flared sporadically, as a political speaker and in support of charitable organizations he has founded.
Through the William J Clinton Foundation, he has established more than half a dozen initiatives, including projects with public and private partners to promote sustainable development in Africa and Latin America.
Other initiatives tackle such issues as climate change, AIDS, health access and childhood obesity.
The planned appearance in Lausanne will mark Clinton’s first visit to Switzerland since he spoke at the Davos World Economic Forum in February 2011.