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Susan George, the author of ten books, was born in the United States (1936), lives in/near Paris and acquired French citizenship in 1994. She is Associate Director of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, a decentralised fellowship of scholars living throughout the world whose work is intended to contribute to social justice; she is also Vice-President of ATTAC France [Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens].

Susan George's academic degrees are in French/Government [B.A.Smith College, USA]; Philosophy [Licence cs Philsophie, Sorbonne] and Political Studies [Doctorate, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, University of Paris]. Her current work concerns 'globalisation' particularly the World Trade Organisation, international financial institutions and North-South relations. She helped to lead the campaign in France to defeat the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) and is now engaged in the campaign to democratise the WTO.

Her books are The Lugano Report: On Preserving Capitalism in the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 1999); Faith and Credit: the World Bank's Secular Empire (with Fabrizio Sabelli, Penguin, 1994); The Debt Boomerang (Pluto Press, 1992); Ill Fares the Land (Penguin, 1990); A Fate Worse than Debt (Penguin 1987); Food for Beginners (Writers and Readers, 1983); How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons for World Hunger (Penguin 1976). Books in French are Pour ou Contre la Mondialisation Libérale (a debate with Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, Editions Grasset, Paris 2002); Remettre l'OMC r sa Place (Editions Mille et Une Nuits, Paris 2001); La Suisse aux Enchcres (with Fabrizio Sabelli, Editions Zoé, Geneva 1997) and Les Stratcges de la Faim (Editions Grounauer, Geneva 1982, her doctoral dissertation). Susan George is the author of dozens of prefaces, journal and magazine articles, conference and seminar contributions, chapters in edited volumes, etc. Some of these can be consulted on her TNI web page. Her work has been widely translated; part or all exists in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, four Scandinavian languages, Estonian, Japanese, Korean, Bengali, etc.

From 1990-95 she served on the Board of Greenpeace International as well as that of Greenpeace France. She has acted as a consultant to various United Nations specialised agencies and is a frequent public speaker, particularly for local ATTAC committees in many countries, trade unions and environment/development Non-Governmental Organisations in many countries and is often interviewed for press, radio and television.

Susan George is married, has three children and four grand-children.

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