Claude Smadja created Smadja & Associates, Strategic Advisory, in June 2001. The firm works with global corporations and government entities on global trends and strategic issues, providing its clients with insights allowing them to develop their anticipation capabilities, connect their strategies and priorities to the “global picture” and helping them to navigate and leverage globalization. In addition to its strategic advisory activities, the Firm creates and manages strategic seminars and high-profile international conferences in different parts of the world. With offices in Switzerland and in the US, Smadja & Smadja has activities, clients and partners in Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Before creating Smadja & Smadja, Claude Smadja was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum from 1995 to 2001. He has been involved with the World Economic Forum altogether for 14 years first as a member of the Executive Board – the period during which he created and managed the magazine of the World Economic Forum and then the first regional summit of the organization – before re-joining the organization as its Managing Director during six years and a half.
Claude Smadja began his career as an international journalist first in the print media and then joining the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation where his last position was as Executive Director for News and Current Affairs.
Claude has more than forty years of experience in Asia, especially on China –where he has been traveling regularly for the last 38 years, and India, which he has been visiting regularly in the last 47 years. He is a frequent speaker and columnist on macroeconomic and geopolitical issues, and especially on issues and trends relating to globalization, on Asia and European issues.
Claude Smadja serves as Senior International Adviser for Covington & Burling, a US law firm with a global reach. He also sits on the boards of international corporations and is also a member of the International Board of Overseers of the Illinois Institute of Technology.