Greenberg Traurig's James Bacchus Appointed Chairman of the World Economic Forum's New Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability

Jun 22, 2012, 10:25 ET from Greenberg Traurig

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm that recently opened offices in Mexico City, Tel Aviv and Warsaw, announces that its Global Practice Chair James Bacchus, has been appointed Chairman of the newly created Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Bacchus will serve as head of the council, whose mission is to provide thought-leadership for new governance models to achieve global sustainability.

"Jim is an exceptional international practitioner," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Greenberg Traurig.  "He will lead the council by bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to help create and secure alternative food sources to underserved communities throughout the world."  The council is comprised of former national presidents, senior United Nation officials, corporate CEOs and other dignitaries. 

Bacchus is a leader in guiding the firm's overall worldwide practice, with an emphasis on international business, including trade, investment and finance. He offers legal and strategic advice to global clients and counsels them on the many issues relating to the global rules for trade and commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He is a former Chief Judge of the WTO, the highest international tribunal of world trade, a former member of the Congress of the United States, and a former Special Assistant to the United States Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President.

"I am deeply honored to be selected as chairman of the WEF's new sustainability council," said Bacchus. "I look forward to collaborating with the esteemed leaders of the council and setting a course for real-world solutions. This is a vital and complex mission and one that affects all of us in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world."

Bacchus is a member of the B20 Task Force of global business leaders advising the heads of state of the G20 countries on international economic policy. He is also a member of the "Friends of Rio + 20" for which he advised members of the United Nations on green growth and sustainable development.

Bacchus recently chaired both the Global Task Force of the World Economic Forum on trade and climate change and the Global Task Force of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that recently revised the ICC's Guidelines for International Investment for the first time in 40 years. He is currently a member of the ICC's Global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. 

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