Management Team - World Chambers Network 


Georges Fischer,




Joachim O.A. Knauf, M.A.
  President & CEO

Georges Fischer is the chair of the World Chambers Network since 1998, and senior advisor, Digital strategy committee, to the World Trade Centres’ Association in New York. 

Mr. Fischer served as Director for international networks and partnerships of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry on international institutional cooperation, funding, export facilitation (certificates of origin, ATA carnets) and networks management (EEN, ASCAME, CPCCAF, WCF, WCN, WTC). 

Mr. Fischer has directed projects for the Paris CCI, Francophone - African CCI’s association, UN and others. He is a Co-founder and senior advisor for Next @ction (Paris and St. Stail, France) and has extensive experience in ICT consultancy, e-strategy & e-international trade. He is the founder of Fischer Corporate Consulting International (Paris, France). 

Mr. Fischer has taught strategy, finance and project management for MBAs at HEC and ISC who major in entrepreneurship, and MBAs at Novancia business school. 

Mr. Fischer is Chevalier in the Ordre du Merite.
After completing his M.A. in Applied Economics, Joachim Knauf worked in that field for the private and public sectors for over a decade, This included  directing R+D projects in economics and co - / authoring and presenting publications on labour market economics, the rise of Asia Pacific trade and the impact of digitization and globalization on our economies

He subsequently co-founded a business software firm and is its President & CEO. In addition to almost twenty years in business -related software, Mr. Knauf has designed several prototype, record-breaking computer hardware systems.

Mr. Knauf has been a Director and CTO of the World Chambers Network since 2005, and became its CEO and President in 2016.

He also served as a senior advisor to companies and organizations in the private and public sectors on digitization of knowledge-based assets, e-trade and the impact of disruptive technologies



Ian MacLeod,

Chair - Advisory Board

Renée Plong
Management Assistant 

Ian MacLeod has had a varied career, ranging from logging to bank management and corporate law...

At Scotia Bank, he  focused on administration, commercial lending and management. After returning to school for a law degree, he eventually became a partner at Lawson Lundell, LLP, a firm with over 100 lawyers and active in international business. 

He practiced mainly in the areas of commercial lending, secured transactions (usually in major project financings) and asset securitizations and often instructed programs and published papers on loan commitment letters and on mortgages and secured lending.

Ian MacLeod served as Chair, BC Chamber of Commerce and is a Fellow of The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He was also awarded a life membership, Vancouver Board of Trade. 

Ian MacLeod was also awarded 
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Governor General of Canada “Canada 125” Medal


Management Assistant
Paris Île-de-France / Greater Paris Region
Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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