Patrice Schneider, Chief Strategy Officer, started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia at the end of the 1980s. Before joining MDIF in 2002, within the AOL Time Warner Group he served as Managing Director of Netscape Europe overseeing its eight European websites: UK, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Sweden. In 1998, before joining AOL Time Warner, Patrice was a Senior Adviser for the World Economic Forum (The Davos summit). From 1994 to 1998 he was Deputy Managing Director at Hachette Filipacchi Medias – the leading French publishing group and owner of Elle, Paris Match and other internationally renowned magazines. Previously Patrice served as Director at the World Association of Newspapers in Paris. He is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Strasbourg and McGill University in Montreal. Patrice is based in Zürich.