Richard Samans is the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, responsible for the Forum's public-private initiatives and its relations with governments, international organizations, NGOs, and other non-business constituencies. Working at the Forum since early 2001, he directs the Forum's Center for Public-Private Partnership, and helps structure the global issues program content of the Forum's meetings and other activities. Before joining the Forum, Samans served as the Special Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy in the U.S. White House. As a senior member of the National Economic Council staff and Senior Director of the National Security Council's International Economic Affairs directorate, he assisted President Clinton on a broad range of international trade and financial policy matters. He has also served as Economic Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), assisting Senator Daschle and the Senate Democratic Caucus on international trade and monetary, tax, and broad economic policy issues. Samans started his career as an international banker and has served in a number of additional capacities in government, policy research, and politics.