Pascal Lamy, aged 63, holds an MBA from HEC, and also studied at Sciences Po, and ENA. He began his career as a civil servant in the French Inspection générale des finances and in the Treasury.
He subsequently became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and then to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy. In Brussels from 1984 to 1994, he was Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, including the role of G7 Sherpa.
In November 1994, he joined the team responsible for the rescue of Credit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank, led at the time by Jean Peyrelevade. From 1999 to 2004 Pascal Lamy was EU Trade Commissioner in under Commission President Romano Prodi.
He is President of Honour of the association Jacques Delors Institute (where he succeeded Jacques Delors).
Since 2005 he has been Director General of the WTO, for a four-year term. His mandate was renewed in September 2009.
The 2010 Global Economy Prize is to be awarded to Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization by The Kiel Institute.