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

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

Vaira Vike-Freiberga tells her extraordinary life story

GLF Message from Chairman FW de Klerk

GLF Message from Chairman FW de Klerk

Helen on BBC World Service

Helen Clark explores what it takes to be a leader

Network News

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf receives Emily Winifred Dickson Award

GLF Member Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been awarded the Emily Winifred Dickson award from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. The award recognises women who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. Find out more about the award here.

Helen Clark elected President of Chatham House

GLF Vice Chair Helen Clark has been elected President of Chatham House, replacing Sir John Major who is retiring from the role. Helen Clark will serve alongside Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller and Lord Darling as the institution's three Presidents. For more...

GLF Members Sign Letter to G7

Twenty Five GLF Members and Three GLF Patrons have signed a letter to G7 governments ahead of their meeting on 11 June. The letter asks that those leaders support dose sharing of Coronavirus vaccines and financially assist in the rebuilding of the global economy. The...

GLF Welcomes Barbara Barrett as a Member

The Global Leadership Foundation is delighted that Barbara Barrett has accepted an invitation to join the GLF as a Member. She served as the United States' Secretary of the Air Force (2019-2021) and Ambassador to Finland (2008-2009).

Carl Bildt appointed WHO Special Envoy for the ACT-Accelerator

GLF Member Carl Bildt has been recently appointed Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator). He will help to lead the mobilisation of support and resources for the ACT-Accelerator as well as support...

GLF Letter to UN Secretary General on Myanmar

On 29th March 2021, GLF Chairman FW de Klerk wrote to UN Secretary General António Guterres concerning the situation in Myanmar. The letter urges the Secretary General to use Article 99 to call for an immediate formal meeting of the Security Council, as well as to...

GLF Members sign letter to UN Secretary General

GLF Members, in coordination with the World Refugee & Migration Council, have signed a letter to the UN Secretary General on the situation in Ethiopia. The letter requests for an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council be convened to consider the...

Articles & Speeches By GLF Members

Helen Clark
The Anguish of Myanmar

by HELEN CLARK and 6 other GLF Members

Carl Bildt
Competition and Coexistence


Ana Palacio
European Strategic Autonomy After Aghanistan


Gareth Evans
The Real Risks of Australia's Submarine Deal


John Bruton
Afghan Lessons For The World


Javier Solana
Three Lessons From A Two Decade Failure



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.