Former President of the Republic of Austria, Honourable Heinz Fischer
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About the Event
Speaker: Honourable Heinz Fischer, 11th President of the Republic of Austria (2004 – 2016) Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens, Co-Chair
For ten critical years, Honourable Johnston was the Secretary-General of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a legacy of the Marshall Plan, which played a central role in contributing to the rapid globalization of the world at the turn of the century. The OECD, with its hundreds of committees and working groups attended by experts, has been likened as an organization to Keynes' definition of the Master Economist.
"The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must reach a high standard in several different directions and must combine talents not often found together. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher — in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near to earth as a politician."