Strauss-Kahn seeks comeback via conference circuit

October 26, 2012

Strauss-Kahn seeks comeback via conference circuit

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF director whose French presidential ambitions were shattered by a sex scandal last year, is back in business and conferences.

63 years, Mr. Strauss-Kahn accused of trying to find a hotel maid in New York rape in May 2011. He protested his innocence and criminal proceedings against him were dropped, but the civil action by the woman is still pending.

Now is promoting itself as a consultant and lecturer at distant points on the conference circuit in the world, where the participants are entitled to $ 100,000 or more to speak for an hour, and five times that amount for stars such as Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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route for now he will keep away financial capitals which he used to frequent, experts say experience of economic policy and a book addresses many heads of state would want would be very useful .

“It has the potential to be a great success,” says Roy Cohen, a career coach based in New York and author of “Wall Street Professional Survival Guide.”

“It should first test drive … If he is able to prove that his intervention and advisory work he does is powerful and effective, it will generate interest.”

Strauss Kahn was rarely seen in public in his native France, where until recently the media can be described as a lonely and rejected. However, in the last year he has lectured at conferences in China, Ukraine, Morocco and South Korea.

He was warmly applauded when he spoke about the global economic outlook to hundreds of students and professionals in Morocco in September, during an event where guests at a private university asked him to be old, but as big as Professor Strauss Kahn, the economist.

The idea is to make a second appearance at a conference in Morocco in Casablanca Arab Banking mid-November. Organizers of the meeting refused to comment when contacted by Reuters, as other conferences Strauss-Kahn is due to attend.


His comeback plans took another step last month, when he served the statutes of a consultancy called Parnassus, the court Commerce in Paris.

In addition to the work of the conference, public speaking and consultation Parnassos laws to his ambitions stretch finance, real estate and business policies in France and abroad show.

Strauss-Kahn gave this month an exclusive interview to the magazine rare in France “Le Point”, which was photographed relaxing in his new apartment in the Montparnasse district of Paris with a tablet computer by hand.

It was a stark contrast to the image that the world on television in May 2011, when he ran wild and handcuffed to a U.S. court for criminal prosecution shortly later caught trying to leave hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo rape.

But the potential pitfalls ahead were shown in March when the police had to regroup in a getaway that the student protest clashed with guards after a speech on the global economy in Britain’s Cambridge University.

The case will depend on him for some time, although New York prosecutors charge dropped on the ground that Diallo no reliable witness, the date of his civil claim is not yet determined


in France, the court will decide on November 28 whether a criminal investigation into a prostitution ring , in which he was involved to pursue. He says he did nothing illegal and further by his libertine lifestyle.

But as Strauss-Kahn these cases behind him, Cohen said time work to his advantage and other major names on the lecture circuit who have overcome image problems.

Clinton, who has sex scandals and impeachment survived into the 1990s, now makes millions of dollars a year to attend high profile events.

According to the accounts of his wife Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pay $ 750,000 to a telecommunications event in Hong Kong to handle, and $ 500,000 for his presence at a conference Abu Dhabi and the Environment.

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Sylvie Audibert, a consultant based in Paris, leading business executives on topics of stress management, life makeover decisions, said the economic crisis in Europe could Strauss-Kahn to provide an ideal forum for his talents.

It has just a concept in which Germany and France, take advantage of low borrowing costs as investors see their debt as safe, spend a portion of their savings to help countries the lowest in the eurozone.

The idea has little interest visible, except for a reference to the blog of former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton. Greek government sources have also canceled the rumors that he was a consultant Athens on their debt problems.


Audibert said that if others who have held positions in frontline politics and global economic management, Mr Strauss-Kahn could still hope one day to be able to feed a role to play general interest, perhaps at European level.

“We about people with large egos and ambitions very big, “said Audibert.” I’m not convinced that his ultimate goal is the counselor to keep in the shade. “

Strauss-Kahn himself alluded to his long term ambitions of his interview with The Point.

“I sense an opportunity to participate in large international projects … At the moment my situation is on the way. “

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