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

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.

GLF congratulates Jose Ramos Horta

GLF congratulates Jose Ramos Horta who has been elected President of Timor-Leste once more. Ramos Horta previously served as his country's President 2007 - 2012 as well as Prime Minister 2006 - 2007. He will now become an inactive Member during this office.

GLF Secretariat moves office

The GLF Secretariat has moved offices from London Mayfair to London St Pauls. Our new coordinates are below: Address: 20 Little Britain, London, EC1A 7DH Main office tel: +44 203 457 1320

Passing of Ned Cloonan

GLF records with sadness the death from cancer in December 2021 of Ned Cloonan, member of the GLF Strategy and Development Committee since 2015. Read his full obituary here

GLF welcomes Elita de Klerk as a Patron

The Global Leadership Foundation is delighted to announce that Elita de Klerk has accepted the invitation from the Chair to join the foundation as a Patron.

Statement on the death of FW de Klerk

With deepest sadness, the Global Leadership Foundation announces the death today in Cape Town of its Founder, former President and Nobel Laureate FW de Klerk. In 1997, FW de Klerk left office after serving as President and then Vice President of South Africa.  He did...

Statement by Helen Clark

It is a special honour to be invited by the Chairman and Founder FW de Klerk, on behalf of the Members, to take the Chair of the Global Leadership Foundation. In so doing, I pay tribute to FW’s vision of an organisation that would allow former leaders to help today’s...

Articles & Speeches By GLF Members

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
How Women Can Break the Bias


Carl Bildt
NATO's Nordic Expansion


Ana Palacio
Germany Awakens


Mohamed ElBaradei
The Nuclear Threat is Back


Thomas R.Pickering
A Russia-Ukraine Exit Strategy


Kevin Rudd
How Ukraine Fits Into China's Long Game



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.