A group of world elites, including individuals connected to Pfizer, the U.S. intelligence community, and the World Economic Forum, are in Portugal this weekend for a meeting to discuss a variety of topics, including artificial intelligence, Ukraine, and China.
The high-profile attendees of the annual Bilderberg meeting, which include Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and World Economic Forum President Børge Brende according to a participant list, will discuss a variety of topics including artificial intelligence, banking, China, energy transition, Europe, industrial policy, NATO, Russia, transnational threats, Ukraine, and the United States’ role in the world.
The meeting, which is taking place from May 18-21 in Lisbon, will feature about 130 participants in fields like finance, government, and tech from 23 different countries. Due to the nature of the meetings, little is known about the specifics of what the leaders will discuss.
“The Bilderberg Meeting is a forum for informal discussions about major issues. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed,” the meeting’s website says.
According to event organizers, the Bilderberg meetings were begun in 1954 to create dialogue between European and North American elites.
“Thanks to the private nature of the Meeting, the participants take part as individuals rather than in any official capacity, and hence are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken and no policy statements are issued,” the Bilderberg website says.
Several American political and military figures are listed as attendees, including two-time failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, U.S. general and current Supreme Allied Commander Europe Christopher Cavoli, statesman Henry Kissinger, former Obama administration National Security Council director Tarun Chhabra, and former Trump administration National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger.
Individuals linked to the Biden administration were also listed as participants, including former National Economic Council director Brian Deese, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly, Commerce Department China advisor Elizabeth Economy, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, and National Security Council member Tom Wright.
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Leaders from Canada, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, and the European Commission were all scheduled to attend as well.
Media and cultural figures were also scheduled to be in attendance, including liberal Atlantic journalist Annie Applebaum, historian and Stanford fellow Niall Ferguson, Museum of Modern Art chair Marie-Josée Kravis, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait, and The Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes.
Republican donors and businessmen Ken Griffin and Peter Thiel were also listed as participating, in addition to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Goldman Sachs COO John Waldron, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.