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Bilderberg 2014: British Participants

There are thirteen British names on the officially released list of attendees for the 2014 Bilderberg Conference in Denmark.
The three day trade and policy summit begins on Thursday May 29th, and is taking place at the Marriott Hotel, Copenhagen.

The British participants include two serving cabinet ministers, the Group Chairman of HSBC, the head of MI6 and Lord Mandelson.

They are:


George Osborne MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer

Justine Greening MP
Secretary of State for International Development

Ed Balls MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John Sawers
Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)


Douglas Flint
Group Chairman, HSBC
Chairman, International Institute of Finance
International Advisory Board, BritishAmerican Business

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
Senior Advisor to Group Chairman, HSBC

Bob Dudley
Group Chief Executive, BP
Director, Rosneft

Note: Bob Dudley is listed under ‘GBR’ on the participant list, although he is American.

Sir John Kerr
Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power

Helen Alexander
Director, Rolls-Royce
Chairman UBM plc
Deputy Chair, esure group.
Senior Adviser to Bain Capital
International Advisory Board, BritishAmerican Business

Marcus Agius
Chairman, PA Consulting

Peter Mandelson
Chairman, Lazard International
Chairman, Global Counsel
Director, Sistema


John Micklethwait
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Martin Wolf
Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Bilderberg 2014: agenda released

The agenda for the 2014 Bilderberg conference in Copenhagen has been released. The key topics for discussion this year include:

Is the economic recovery sustainable?
Who will pay for the demographics?
Does privacy exist?
How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
Big shifts in technology and jobs
The future of democracy and the middle class trap
China’s political and economic outlook
The new architecture of the Middle East
What next for Europe?
Current events

The top discussion point – “Is the economic recovery sustainable?” – is certain to be focusing on the huge transatlantic free-trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US: TTIP. More details on TTIP and Bilderberg here.



Every year, the influential Bilderberg Group holds an exclusive three day conference: an international trade and policy summit attended by senior politicians and policymakers, billionaire investors, European royalty, bank bosses, corporate CEOs, and media moguls from all over the world.

The participant list is a roll call of the biggest executives on the planet, the heads of companies such as Shell, HSBC, Google and Deutsche Bank. These executives will spend three days, in private, discussing economics, trade policy and geopolitics, with finance ministers, European Commissioners, foreign ministers, and even prime ministers.


The Bilderberg Group is an influential trade and finance lobbying organisation, which every year holds a three day conference.

The 2013 conference was held in a luxury hotel outside London. Two years ago it was held near Washington DC.

The first official Bilderberg conference was held in Holland in 1954, making 2014 is Bilderberg’s 60th year. This year is the first time since 1969 that the conference will take place in Denmark.

The Bilderberg Group is governed by a Steering Committee, chaired by Henri de Castries, the Chairman and CEO of AXA (the huge French insurance and investment group). Also on the Steering Committee are the billionaire venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal and director of Facebook; Thomas Enders, the CEO of Airbus (the European defence & aeronautics multinational); and Peter Sutherland, the Chairman of Goldman Sachs International.


Heads of corporations, such as: Shell, BP, Rio Tinto, Novartis, Dow Chemicals, Unilever, and Nestlé.

Heads of banks and financial institutions such as: HSBC, Citigroup, Lazard, Goldman Sachs, Santander, Barclays, American Express, JP Morgan, TD Bank and Deustche Bank.

Heads of new media and tech companies, including – typically: Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Google); Peter Thiel; Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn); and Craig Mundie, (senior advisor to the CEO of Microsoft).

From media: proprietors, editors and senior representatives from The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Le Monde, and The Washington Post. The Economist provides the ‘rapporteurs’ who transcribe the meeting. The Editor-in-Chief of the Economist also generally attends.

Leaders from the world of government and public policy, such as: the World Bank; the European Council; the ECB; the Bank for International Settlements; the IMF; the Federal Reserve; and the US Treasury.

European, American and Canadian politicians, Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers such as: the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, and UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, who both attended in 2013. Also expected to attend from the UK are: Bilderberg Association trustee and Cabinet Minister, Kenneth Clarke MP; regular participant Lord Mandelson; and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who has attended the conference six times (the last time in 2013).

Royalty are also on the guest list including: Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; King Juan Carlos I of Spain; Queen Sofia of Spain; the Infanta Christina of Spain; and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

== 2014, THE YEAR OF TTIP ==

The transatlantic trade agreement TTIP features will feature highly on the conference agenda this year. Finance ministers from many EU countries will be in attendance (last year there were five), as will key lobbyists for TTIP and several members of lobby group British American Business, who are spear-heading this top-level trade agreement.



There is a police-sanctioned press space in the car park directly facing the Marriott hotel gates, and are providing nearby power facilities and up-to-date information and delegate photos. The press space will be open every day from 9am to 6pm from Thursday 29th May to Sunday 1st June.


Local police expect several hundred transparency campaigners to be present outside the Marriott hotel for the duration of the conference.


The Marriott Copenhagen, Kalvebod Brygge 5, 1560 København, Denmark

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The 2014 Bilderberg Conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Copenhagen, from May 29th – June 1st. It is the first time since 1969 that the Conference will be held in Denmark.

Ulrik Federspiel, Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Ulrik Federspiel – Bilderberg Group Steering Committee;  Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S

It is common for the host country to have participants than usual. In anticipation of the release of this year’s participant list, here is a list of Danish participants from the last four Bilderberg Group conferences (years 2010-13), showing the years they attended, and their main business or political positions:

Jeppe Christiansen (2012)

Novo Group, Director

Haldor Topsøe, Director

Novo Nordisk, Vice Chairman

Symphogen, Director

Kirkbi, Director

Maj Invest, CEO


Bjarne Corydon (2013)

Minister of Finance


Anders Eldrup (2010, 11)

Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, Chairman

Rookwool Foundation, Deputy Chairman

former Bilderberg Group steering committee

former DONG Energy CEO (resigned, disgraced)


Ulrik Federspiel (2010, 11, 12, 13)

Bilderberg Group steering committee

Haldor Topsøe A/S, Executive Vice President

International DME Association, Director

former Danish Ambassador to the US


Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (2010)

former Prime Minister of Denmark

former member of the European Parliament

Social Europe Journal, Editorial Board

OMFIF, Advisory Board


Peter Schütze (2011)

DSB, Chairman

Copenhagen Business School, Chairman

SimCorp, Vice Chairman

former CEO of Nordea Denmark


Jakob Haldor Topsøe (2013)

Haldor Topsøe, Director

AMBROX Capital A/S, Partner


“This luxury hotel in Copenhagen boasts 887 square meters of sunlight-drenched conference space.”


The Marriott Hotel in central Copenhagen is a 15 minute drive from the airport. It sits right on the river, to the south west of the city centre. Guests are invited to “revel in 402 spacious air-conditioned accommodations and luxury suites with the finest water views in the surrounding area.”

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Address: Kalvebod Brygge 5, 1560 København, Denmark
Phone:+45 88 33 99 00


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