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 (GLF Members) who seek to assist developing countries improve governance, bolster democratic institutions and resolve conflicts. The organisation does so by arranging for GLF Members to provide confidential peer-to-peer advice to current heads of governments committed to peace, democracy and development. The Global Leadership Foundation is active across the world. It works by invitation from a head of government and does does not publicize the countries in which it works.


The Global Leadership Foundation was set up in 2004 by its current Chairman FW de Klerk as a way for former presidents, prime ministers, cabinet ministers and other distinguished former leaders to make use of their experience to help those in power today to make better decisions on behalf of their people.

There are currently 45 GLF Members. New members are selected by existing members.

In addition to the provision of direct but discreet advice on an ever-increasing range of topics to serving national leaders, GLF Members engage in mediation, discussions with leaders below the national level, consultative forums on key issues, dialogues with the heads of key institutions, regional public conferences, and other forms of engagement with like-minded organisations.

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:

M. Hamid Ansari India, Vice President 2007-17, Ambassador to the UN 1993-95, Carl Bildt Sweden, Prime Minister 1991-94, Foreign Minister 2006-14, UN Special Envoy to the Balkans 1999-01, Lakhdar Brahimi Algeria, Foreign Minister 1991-93, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General 2004-05, UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria 2012-14, John Bruton Ireland, Prime Minister 1994-97, EU Ambassador to the United States 2004-09, Micheline Calmy-Rey Switzerland, President of the Swiss Confederation 2007 and 2011, Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs 2003-11, Hikmet Çetin Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister 1978-79 & 1995, Foreign Minister, 1991-94, Lynda Chalker UK, Minister of Overseas Development 1989-97, Helen Clark (Vice Chairman) New Zealand, Prime Minister, 1999-08, Administrator of the UNDP 2009-17, Joe Clark Canada, Prime Minister 1979-80, Secretary of State for External, Affairs 1984-1991, Chester Crocker USA, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs 1981-89, Marzuki Darusman Indonesia, Attorney General 1999-01, UN Special Rapporteur Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) 2010-16, FW de Klerk South Africa, President 1989-94, Alvaro de Soto Peru, UN Under-Secretary-General 1999-07, Mohamed ElBaradei Egypt, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency 1997-09, Interim Vice President 2013, Amara Essy Côte d’Ivoire, Foreign Minister, 1990-00, Secretary General OAU, 2001-02, Chairman AU Commission 2002-03, Gareth Evans Australia, Foreign Minister 1988-96, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group 2000-09 Vicente Fox Mexico, President 2000-06, Louise Fréchette Canada, UN Deputy Secretary-General 1998-06, Lawrence Gonzi Malta, Prime Minister 2004-13, Minister of Finance 2004-08 and Minister of Social Policy 1998-04, Enrique Iglesias Uruguay, Foreign Minister 1985-88, President of Inter-American Development Bank 1988-05, Donald Kaberuka Rwanda, Finance Minister 1997-05, President of the African Development Bank 2005-15, John Kufuor Ghana, President 2001-09, Hervé Ladsous France, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations 2011-17, Ricardo Luna Peru, Minister of Foreign Affairs 2016-18, Donald McHenry USA, Ambassador to the UN 1979-81, Festus Mogae Botswana, President 1998-08 Ana Palacio Spain, Foreign Minister 2002-04, Supachai Panitchpakdi Thailand, Secretary General UNCTAD 2005-13, Director General WTO 2002-05, Deputy Prime Minister 1997-03, P.J. Patterson Jamaica, Prime Minister 1992-06, Thomas Pickering USA, Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs 1997-00, Ambassador to the UN 1989-92, Jean-Pierre Raffarin France, Prime Minister 2002-05, Fidel Valdez Ramos The Philippines, President 1992-98, José Ramos-Horta Timor-Leste, President 2007-12, Prime Minister 2006-07, George Robertson UK, Secretary General NATO 1999-04, Secretary of State for Defence 1997-99, Kevin Rudd Australia, Prime Minister 2007-10, 2013, Foreign Minister 2010-12, Ghassan Salamé Lebanon, Lebanon, Minister of Culture, 2000-03, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General 2003-06, Salim Ahmed Salim Tanzania, Prime Minister 1984-85, Secretary General OAU 1989-01, Wolfgang Schüssel Austria, Federal Chancellor 2000-07, Foreign Minister 1995-00, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia, President 2006-18, Javier Solana Spain, Secretary General Council of European Union 1999-09, Secretary General NATO 1995-99, Foreign Minister 1992-95, Eduardo Stein Guatemala, Vice President 2004-08, Foreign Minister 1996-00, Cassam Uteem Mauritius, President 1992-02, Juan Gabriel Valdés Chile, Foreign Minister 1999, Ambassador to the UN 2000-03, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga Latvia, President 1999-07, Kaspar Villiger Switzerland, President of the Swiss Confederation 1995 & 2002, Minister of Defence 1989-95, Minister of Finance 1996-03


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