Maria Livanos Cattaui was secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005. She worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became managing director, responsible for the celebrated annual meeting in Davos, building the public awareness it enjoys today.
In addition to the Open Society Global Board, she is an executive board, board, or advisory board member of the International Crisis Group, East West Institute, the Institute of International Education, and the Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University), among others.
Cattaui, who is of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, was educated in the United States, graduating with honors from Harvard University. She holds an honorary doctoral degree in law from York University, Toronto.