The ninth Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and Swissair, was the first YL Conference to be held in Basel. The conference would be held again in Switzerland’s third-largest city in 2010 and 2016.
The class of 1998 includes two ASF board members, Laurent Chaix and Charlie Gerow; H.E. Nicolas Bruehl, the recently appointed Swiss ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Namibia, and the Kingdom of Eswatini; the Honorable Ben Chandler, former U.S. Representative (Kentucky’s 6th district) and now president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; the Honorable Mike Davis, president pro tempore of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works and former member of the California State Assembly; and the Honorable Bob Hedlund, mayor of Weymouth, MA.
The class also included Heather E. Barry, professor of history at St. Joseph’s College in New York; Thomas Buchmann, head of the department of labor and the economy for the Canton of Aargau; Jane Difley, the fourth president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; Patricia Faller, editor-in-chief of ZHAW Impact, a quarterly periodical produced by the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences; Robert Gremli, head of brokers and partnerships for Zurich Switzerland; Paul C. Harris, senior vice president of Hampton University and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (58th district); Mark M. Klugmann, former speech writer for President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush; Michèle Leuenberger-Morf, CEO of the Cancer League of Basel; entrepreneurship advocate Steve Mariotti; Amy S. Mullin, professor of chemistry and associate chair for graduate studies at the University of Maryland; John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary magazine, columnist for the New York Post, and a former speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush; David A. Ridenour, president of the National Center for Public Policy Research; Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University; and Daniel Weber, chief operating officer and member of the executive committee at Rothschild & Co.
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