"In the peer to peer, one to one relationship, Members of GLF, especially former Heads of State and of Government, share their experiences of success and failure with the current leadership of a country showing, for example, how they often succeeded in turning failures into opportunities. The current leaders can thus avoid certain mistakes when faced with similar situations. This is why, when required, my own advice is not so much what should be done as what shouldn’t."


Cassam Uteem,
GLF Member


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Lakhdar Brahimi

Foreign Minister, Algeria 1991-93
UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General 2004-05

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Armen Sarkissian

Prime Minister, Armenia 1996-97

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Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister of Australia, 2007-2010 and 2013
Foreign Minister,  2010-2012

Gareth Evans

Foreign Minister, Australia 1988-96
President and CEO of the International Crisis Group 2000-09

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Wolfgang Schüssel

Austria, Federal Chancellor 2000 – 2007
Foreign Minister 1995 - 2000

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Sir Ketumile Masire

President, Republic of Botswana 1980-1998

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Joe Clark

Prime Minister, Canada 1979-80
Secretary of State for External Affairs 1984-1991

Louise Fréchette

UN Deputy Secretary-General, 1998 – 2006

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Juan Gabriel Valdés

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chile, 1999
Chilean Ambassador to the UN, 2000-03

Côte d'Ivoire
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Amara Essy

Foreign Minister, Côte d'Ivoire 1990-2000
Secretary General, OAU 2001
Chairman, AU Commission 2002-3

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Mohamed ElBaradei

Director General,  International Atomic Energy Agency 1997-2009
Interim Vice President, Egypt 2013

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Elisabeth Rehn

UN Under-Secretary-General, SRSG in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1998-99
UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights 1995-97
Finnish Minister of Defence 1990-95 and Equality Affairs 1991-95

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Eduardo Stein

Vice President, Guatemala, 2004-08
Foreign Minister 1996-2000

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Jaswant Singh

Foreign Minister, India 1998-2002
Defence Minister, India 2001
Finance Minister, India 1996, 2002-04

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Marzuki Darusman

Attorney General, Indonesia 1999 to 2001

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Prime Minister, Jamaica 1992-2006

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His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal

Crown Prince of Jordan 1965 - 99

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Vaira Vike-Freiberga

President of Latvia, 1999 – 2007

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Ghassan Salamé

UN Special Advisor to Secretary-General, 2003-06
Lebanese Minister of Culture, 2000-03

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Lawrence Gonzi

Prime Minister, Malta 2004-13
Minister of Finance, 2004-08
Minister of Social Policy, 1998-2004

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Cassam Uteem

President, Mauritius 1992-2002

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Vicente Fox

President, Mexico, 2000-06

New Zealand
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Mike Moore

Prime Minister of New Zealand 1990
Director General of the World Trade Organisation 1999-2002

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Javier Solana

Secretary General, Council of the European Union 1999-2009
Secretary General, NATO 1995-1999
Foreign Minister, Spain 1992-1995

Sri Lanka
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Chandrika Kumaratunga

President, Sri Lanka 1994-2005

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Fidel Ramos

President, Republic of the Philippines 1992-98

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Alvaro de Soto

UN Under-Secretary-General 1999-2007

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Carl Bildt

Prime Minister, Sweden 1991-94
Foreign Minister 2006-14
UN Special Envoy to the Balkans 1999-2001

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Micheline Calmy-Rey

President of the Swiss Confederation 2007 and 2011

Pascal Couchepin

President, Swiss Confederation 2003 & 2008

Kaspar Villiger

President, Swiss Confederation 1995 & 2002

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Moustapha Niasse

Prime Minister of Senegal 1983 & 2000-01

South Africa
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F.W. de Klerk

President, Republic of South Africa 1989-94

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Salim Salim

Prime Minister of Tanzania, 1984 – 1985
Secretary-General of the OAU, 1989 – 2001

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José Ramos-Horta

President, Timor-Leste 2007-12

Prime Minister 2006-07

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Hikmet Çetin

Deputy Prime Minister, Turkey, 1978-79 and 1995
Foreign Minister, 1991-94

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Chester A. Crocker

US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs 1981-89

Tom Daschle

US Senator 1987-2005
Member of the US House of Representatives 1979-1987
Majority Leader of the US Senate

Donald F. McHenry

US Ambassador to the UN 1979-81

Thomas R. Pickering

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs 1997-2000
US Ambassador to the UN 1989-92

United Kingdom
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Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy 2009-14
Vice President of the European Commission 2009-14

Lynda Chalker

Minister of Overseas Development, UK 1989-97

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Enrique Iglesias

Foreign Minister, Uruguay, 1985-1988
President of the Inter-American Development Bank 1988-2005




The work of the Global Leadership Foundation to improve the quality and effectiveness of governmental leadership and governance improves stability, assist development and reduce suffering and poverty.

Its way of working enables former Heads of State to share their experience with today’s leaders; this is especially relevant in fragile and developing countries where institutions are immature or do not yet exist and, as a result, the role of the individual leader is proportionately greater.  In such countries, improved leadership and governance are vital to improving political and economic development and reducing corruption, instability, suffering, poverty and distress.

Owing to the confidential nature of its work, GLF does not publish the names of countries in which it has worked in order to protect the integrity of the relationship with the Head of State. What we can observe, however, is that GLF has made a definable difference in a number of countries through its work on:

Security and conflict management

  • GLF’s advice to a Head of Government at a critical moment in his negotiations with opponents in a civil war facilitated regional mediation which led to the release of hostages, a reduction in the fighting and improved prospects for a negotiated settlement;
  • At the request of the UN, GLF combined with military expertise to help lower tensions between police and military which had led to open conflict. GLF involvement resulted in the successful resumption of a vital UN programme of security sector reform;
  • Discreet discussions with a president and his advisors led to a country adopting a regional, as opposed to a purely national, response to a conflict in its neighbouring country.


  • GLF’s presence at the first free elections run by a newly independent state and their separate conversations with the leaders of all participating political parties helped ensure a peaceful and transparent election;
  • GLF assisted the Election Commission in a country with a history of electoral violence which held peaceful elections under a new Constitution;
  • GLF contributed to the lawful and peaceful conduct of elections in a potentially divisive situation through meetings with leaders of main political parties, military leadership and electoral commissioners. 


  • GLF, through its Members, brought the personal experience of successful transition in South Africa and Indonesia to a country itself undergoing a difficult transition, with private meetings with all parties involved;
  • GLF’s engagement with the Head of State of a country facing significant political transition at a time of renewed conflict helped ensure that the transition was peaceful and negotiations replaced conflict.

Trade and economic management

  • GLF involvement with the development budget process led to a three year programme which transformed the management of a Ministry of Finance;
  • GLF helped a developed but formerly isolated country with accession negotiations to a global trade body;
  • GLF advised a leader and members of parliament on macro-economic policy challenges in relation to the exploitation of natural resources;
  • GLF advised a Head of State on matters relating to FDI, relations with multilateral lending agencies, land tenure reform and micro-financing.

Efficient governance and constitution building

  • GLF arranged for a former Speaker of Parliament to give personal, peer to peer training to an untried Speaker of a brand new Parliament post-independence, changing some standing orders to enable the Parliament to function;
  • GLF instigated and supervised the re-organisation of a President’s office to remove blocks to the effective delivery of the government’s programme and the successful communication of the leader’s message;
  • GLF brought the regional expertise and experience of one of its Members to advise on the drafting of a new Constitution;
  • GLF helped a presidency realize its stated intention to fully implement the signed peace agreement with particular reference to the internal political and constitutional issues.

Examples in the public domain, where a leader has indicated he is happy for GLF to publicize its involvement, are as below:

Ghana, 2013-14
GLF has helped ease political tensions following a disputed election and brought independent advice on resource management and fiscal responsbility to parliamentary oversight committees.

Kenya, 2011-13
GLF teams supported the newly created Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission before and after the closely contested elections in 2013.

Timor-Leste, 2007-09
GLF involvement has helped to strengthen democratic institutions, ease pre-election tensions, maintain positive relationships between parties working towards security sector modernisation, and improve the efficiency of the Ministry of Finance.

Haiti, 2011
In partnership with Club of Madrid, GLF helped the Haitian government set political and economic priorities in relation to security, the delivery of public goods, the relationship between
political parties,  parliament and local authorities; and judicial and penitentiary reform.