Annex A. Monograph Authors’ Biographies


Back to The Marhsall Plan: Leassons Learned for the 21st Century

 Back to The Marhsall Plan: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century


Volker R. Berghahn is Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University (New York City). He is an internationally recognized expert on Germany, modern Europe, and European-American relations during the Cold War. In 2006, he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize of the Zeit Foundation for his work on European business history. Among his publications are The Americanization of West Germany Industry, 1945-1973, and, most recently, a study of the Ford Foundation in Europe during the early postwar decades.

Gerard Bossuat is Professor and Chairman of Contemporary History and the Director of the Master’s Program on European and International Studies, specializing in European projects and strategies, at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (Val d’Oise) France. He is an internationally renowned expert on 20th century French history, the history of international relations, history of European unity, and transatlantic relations. Among his recent publications are The Founders of United Europe; The American Economic and Military Aid to France, 1938-1960; and The Marshall Plan and European Unity, 1944-1952.

R. Nicholas Burns is the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the Department of State’s third ranking official. As Under Secretary, he overseas US Policy in each region of the world and serves in the senior career Foreign Service position at the Department. Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Burns was the United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. From 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Burns was the US Ambassador to Greece. During his tenure as Ambassador, the United States expanded the military and law enforcement co-operation with Greece, strengthened partnerships in the Balkans, increased trade and investment and people-to-people programs.

Bertrand Collomb is the Honorary Chairman of Lafarge Company, a worldwide leader in the production of building materials. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines (Paris). He also holds a French law degree and a degree in management (University of Texas). Mr. Collomb is the Chairman of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP), and Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). A world business leader in sustainable development and the role of health therein, he is Vice Chairman of the Global Business Coalition against HIV/AIDS, and a former chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the “Institut de France” (Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).

Daniel Daianu is a member of the European Parliament as of December 2007 and Professor of Economics, School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest (Romania). He chairs the Romanian Economic Society, and the Romanian Center for Global Studies. He is a member of the Romanian Academy and of the Board of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies. A former Finance Minister and Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania, he chaired, in 2001, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Economic Forum. Among his recent publications are What Will Romania Be in the European Union and Ethical Boundaries of Capitalism.

Bronislaw Geremek (1932-2008) was the President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, a member of the European Parliament, and a founding member of the Solidarity movement in Poland. He was a Professor of European Civilization at the College of Europe – Natolin. Among the leading European intellectuals, Professor Geremek has been honored with the Legion D’Honneur, the Grand Prix de la Francophonie, the Grand Croix de L’Ordre de Leopold II, and the W. Averill Harriman Democracy Award, among many honors. His recent publications include L’Historien et le Politique; Noir Sur Blanc; and La Democrazia in Europa. Professor Geremek passed away as this publication was going to print.

John R. Killick, Lecturer in Economic History at Leeds University (Leeds, United Kingdom), is an internationally recognized expert in American economic history, American economic foreign relations, and international economic history. Among his publications are Atlantic Economy, 1783-2000; The Emergence of the Atlantic Economy in the Early 19th Century; The Transformation of the Atlantic Economy in the Late 19th Century; and The United States and European Reconstruction, 1945-1960. He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of American Studies.

Barry Machado is the former Director of Research for the Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship Program at the George C. Marshall Research Library and a retired Professor of History at the Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia. He is an expert in the Cold War and American Business Abroad. Among his publications are In Search of a Usable Past: The Marshall Plan and Postwar Reconstruction Today; “History, Memory, and the Holes in the Wall,” in The Most Dangerous Years: The Cold War, 1953-1975; and “The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis”. He also served on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Military History.

Pier Carlo Padoan is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). An internationally reputable economist, Professor Padoan has served as Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, as economic advisor to the Italian Prime Minister, in charge of international economic policies, and has been a Professor of Economics at the University of Rome, La Sapienza since 1991. He also served as Director of Economic Studies and visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). Among his recent publications are The Lisbon Agenda and the European Social Model and Political Economy of New Regionalism and Global Governance.

Eliot Sorel is an internationally recognized educator and physician leader, Chairman and Founder of the Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution Section, World Psychiatric Association. He holds professorial appointments in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and in the School of Public Health and Health Services of the George Washington University (Washington, DC). In 2004, he was awarded the Star of Romania, Order of Commander for his cultural and scientific contributions to Romania. He recently conceived, initiated, and led the program entitled The Marshall Plan: French and American Perspectives on Lessons Learned Applicable to the 21st Century, at the Elliott School for International Affairs of the George Washington University. His most recent publication is Democracy Bridge Building: Arabs, Central and East European Democrats.