Global Leadership Foundation

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The Global Leadership Foundation (GLF) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation comprising a network of former heads of state or government and other distinguished leaders who seek to assist developing countries improve governance, bolster democratic institutions and resolve conflicts. The organisation does so by providing free confidential advice to current heads of governments committed to peace, democracy and development. It was formed in 2004 by former South African President F. W. de Klerk and is active across the world. It does not publicize the countries in which it works.


The Global Leadership Foundation is based on the General Assembly of members (GLF members), who are led by a board of directors and served by a small secretariat.

There are currently 44 GLF members, all former heads of government and distinguished leaders. New members are selected by existing members.

The GLF Board is responsible for the objectives of the Global Leadership Foundation and for all decisions relating to the foundation's structure, governance, strategic aims and financial management, including the secretariat work plan and budget. The chairman of the GLF Board is F. W. de Klerk.

The board is advised on the strategic direction and evolution of the foundation by a strategy and development committee. The chair of the committee is Sir Victor Blank.

The activities of the organization are coordinated by a small secretariat based in London. The secretariat is the hub of the GLF network, linking GLF members with other parts of the network, including the foundation's business, governmental and non-governmental partners. The CEO of GLF is Sir Robert Fulton.

The foundation is supported by the GLF International Council, which consists of organisations and individuals who recognize the importance of GLF's work and support the foundation financially. A limit is placed on the size of each donation to preserve the foundation's independence.

GLF is registered in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. It has two associate foundations: GLF (USA), a 501(c)(3) foundation registered in Delaware, US; and GLF (UK), a charity registered in England and Wales.

List of GLF members:

  • Carl Bildt Sweden, prime minister, 1991–1994, foreign minister 2006–2014, UN special envoy to the Balkans 1999–2001
  • Lakhdar Brahimi Algeria, foreign minister 1991–1993, special adviser to the UN secretary-general 2004–2005, UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria 2012–2014
  • John Bruton Ireland, prime minister 1994–1997, EU ambassador to the United States 2004–2009
  • Micheline Calmy-Rey Switzerland, president of the Swiss Confederation 2007 and 2011
  • Hikmet Çetin Turkey, deputy prime minister 1978–1979 & 1995, foreign minister, 1991–1994
  • Lynda Chalker UK, minister of overseas development 1989–1997
  • Helen Clark New Zealand, prime minister, 1999–2008, administrator of the UNDP 2009–2017
  • Joe Clark (Vice Chairman) Canada, prime minister 1979–1980, secretary of state for external affairs 1984–1991
  • Pascal Couchepin Switzerland, president of the Federal Council 2003 & 2008
  • Chester A. Crocker US, assistant secretary for African affairs 1981–1989
  • Marzuki Darusman Indonesia, attorney general, 1999 – 2001, UN special rapporteur, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 2010–2016
  • FW de Klerk (Chairman) South Africa, president 1989–1994
  • Mohamed ElBaradei Egypt, director general, International Atomic Energy Agency 1997–2009, interim vice president 2013
  • Amara Essy Côte d'Ivoire, foreign minister, 1990–2000, secretary general, OAU 2001-2, chairman, AU Commission 2002-3
  • Gareth Evans Australia, foreign minister 1988–1996,
  • Vicente Fox Mexico, president 2000–2006
  • Louise Fréchette Canada, UN Deputy Secretary-General 1998–2006
  • Lawrence Gonzi Malta, prime minister 2004–2013 Minister of Finance, 2004–2008 and minister of social policy, 1998–2004
  • HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal Jordan
  • Enrique Iglesias Uruguay, foreign minister 1985–1988, president of Inter-American Development Bank 1988–2005
  • Donald Kaberuka Rwanda, finance minister 1997–2005, president of the African Development Bank 2005–2015
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga Sri Lanka, president 1994–2005
  • John Kufuor Ghana, president 2001–2009
  • Hervé Ladsous France, United Nations under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations 2011 – 2017
  • Ricardo Luna Peru, minister of foreign affairs 2016–2018
  • Donald F. McHenry US, ambassador to the UN 1979–1981
  • Festus Mogae Botswana, president 1998–2008
  • Mike Moore New Zealand, prime minister 1990, director-general, World Trade Organisation 1999–2002
  • Ana Palacio Spain, foreign minister 2002–2004
  • P.J. Patterson Jamaica, prime minister 1992–2006
  • Thomas R. Pickering US, under-secretary of state for political affairs 1997–2000, ambassador to the UN 1989–1992
  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin France, prime minister 2002–2005
  • Fidel Valdez Ramos The Philippines, president 1992–1998
  • Kevin Rudd Australia, prime minister 2007–2010 and 2013, foreign minister 2010–2012
  • Ghassan Salamé Lebanon, Lebanon, minister of culture, 2000–2003, senior advisor to the UN secretary-general, 2003–2006
  • Salim Ahmed Salim Tanzania, prime minister 1984–5, secretary general OAU, 1989–2001
  • Wolfgang Schüssel Austria, federal chancellor 2000–2007, foreign minister 1995–2000
  • Jaswant Singh India, foreign minister 1998–2002, defence minister 2001, finance minister 1996, 2002–2004
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia, president 2006–2018
  • Javier Solana Spain, secretary general, Council of European Union 1999–2009, secretary general, NATO 1995–1999, foreign minister 1992–1995
  • Eduardo Stein Guatemala, vice president 2004–2008, foreign minister 1996–2000
  • Cassam Uteem Mauritius, president 1992–2002
  • Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga Latvia, president 1999–2007
  • Kaspar Villiger Switzerland, president of the Federal Council 1995 & 2002


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