Helping Leaders Govern

Change happens – the choice is whether to lead it or be driven by it

Helping Leaders Govern

Every leader can benefit from discreet and confidential advice

Helping Leaders Govern

Leading change requires a vision of a better future

The Global Leadership Foundation exists to make available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders.

It does so through its network of Members – former Presidents, Prime Ministers, senior government ministers and other distinguished leaders – drawn together by a desire to give something back to the world. 

Working in small teams, in their personal capacity, Members offer private and confidential advice to Heads of Government.

GLF is a not-for-profit foundation, registered in Switzerland and is independent of any government or corporate interest.

Feature Videos

GLF Message from Chairman FW de Klerk

Tribute to GLF Founder FW de Klerk

Helen on BBC World Service

Helen Clark explores what it takes to be a leader

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the first female president of Latvia, tells her extraordinary life story.

Leadership with Cassam Uteem, a Grégoire Roos interview

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the first female president of Latvia, tells her extraordinary life story.

Her story made history, a BBC interview with Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Network News

Passing of Fidel Valdez Ramos

The Global Leadership Foundation records, with deepest regret, the death on 31 July 2022 of Fidel Valdez Ramos, President of The Philippines 1992 – 1998, and GLF Member since 2004. As Chair of the GLF, Helen Clark has extended the deepest condolences of the Foundation...

Sir David Davies Stands Down

Earlier this year, Sir David Davies informed the Chair of GLF that he wished to stand down from the chairmanship of GLF (UK). In accepting this request, Helen Clark has noted the long and loyal service of Sir David to the Foundation’s cause and has thanked him most...

Group on International Security Guarantees for Ukraine

GLF Members Carl Bildt and Kevin Rudd have been invited to join the Group on International Security Guarantees for Ukraine. The working group will be co-chaired by Head of the Office of the President, Andriy Yermak, and former Danish Prime Minister and NATO Secretary...

Barbara Barrett joins GLF Board

GLF is delighted that Barbara Barrett has accepted the invitation from the Chair to join the Board. Barbara joined GLF as a Member in 2021 but was previously part of the Strategy and Development Committee before serving as US Secretary of the Air Force 2019-2021.

Helen Clark to co-Chair Health Commission

Helen Clark has been appointed a co-chair of the Chatham House Commission on Universal Health. She will be co-chairing the commission with Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania 2005-2015. For more information about the work of the commission, click here.

Stuart Brooks joins Strategy and Development Committee

GLF is delighted that Stuart Brooks has joined the Strategy and Development Committee as well as the board of GLF (UK). He worked at Chevron for 20 years and served on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board during that period.

GLF welcomes Helle Thorning-Schmidt

GLF is delighted that Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark, has accepted an invitation to join the Foundation as a Member. Ms Thorning Schmidt, also served as the CEO of Save the Children.

Roelf Meyer joins GLF as a Member

GLF is delighted to announce that Roelf Meyer has accepted an invitation from the Chair, Helen Clark, to join GLF as a Member. Meyer served as Minister of Defence, Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Communication and Minister of Constitutional Development and...

Benjamin Curley joins Strategy and Development Committee

GLF is delighted that Benjamin Curley has accepted an invite to join the Strategy and Development Committee. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School in New York and was previously Vice President in credit trading at Barclay’s Investment Bank....

GLF congratulates Juan Gabriel Valdes

GLF sends its warm congratulations to Juan Gabriel Valdes who has been appointed Chile's Ambassador to the United States. Juan Gabriel previously served in the same post from 2014-2018. We wish him well in his return to office.

Articles & Speeches By GLF Members

Ana Palacio
Is China Winning Latin America?

by ANA PALACIO

Carl Bildt
The Necessity of Territorial Integrity

by CARL BLIDT

Helen Clark
Pandemic Unpreparedness

by HELEN CLARK

Kevin Rudd
China's Lessons in Russia's War

by KEVIN RUDD

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
How Women Can Break the Bias

by ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

George Robertson
The Future of European Security after Ukraine

by GEORGE ROBERTSON

GLF ANNUAL MEETINGS

Our Annual Meeting is a pivotal event in our calendar as it brings together the GLF family to create and develop opportunities to achieve what GLF has sought to do since its earliest days.