Founder and Chairman
In 2010, John Rossant founded the NewCities Foundation. He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities. From the outset, NewCities mission has been to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.
For several years, John was a senior executive at Publicis Groupe, leading the company’s international events operations. As Executive Chairman of Geneva-based PublicisLive, he was responsible for the production of some of the world’s most prestigious international events, such as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. At the request of the President of France in 2010, he also organized and produced the e-G8 Forum in Paris on the future of the Internet.
A former journalist, John held several senior editorial positions at Business Week, including European Correspondent, as well as Paris, Rome and Middle East correspondent. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. John holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American University in Cairo.