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 on geopolitics, Brexit and leadership

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

Michael Webb joins Strategy and Development Committee

Michael (Mike) Webb has accepted the invitation of Victor Blank, Chairman of the Strategy and Development Committee, to join the Committee. Mike most recently served as the Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer of Nutrien, the world’s largest agricultural...

One Year Anniversary of the Passing of FW de Klerk

Today we mark the first Anniversary of the sad passing of GLF’s Founding Father, former President and Nobel Laureate FW de Klerk.  He dedicated his life to making a difference, not only in his own Country, for which he is justly recognised as a figure of historic...

Thomas Pickering Awarded The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award

GLF Member Thomas Pickering has been awarded the The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy. The annual award in given by the American Academy of Diplomacy in recognition of an individual or group who has made exemplary contributions to the...

GLF Members Sign Letter on Transforming Education

18 GLF Members signed the recent Gordon Brown op-ed article entitled 'Transforming Education'. The letter calls for the doubling of education budgets in low and middle income countries as well as the modernisation of the education system.

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 as Chairman of GLF (UK)

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.

Articles & Speeches By GLF Members

Javier Solana
The US and China After Zero-Covid


Gareth Evans
Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights


Helen Clark
The Conflict in Ukraine: Cushioning the Global Impact


George Robertson
Either Vladimir Putin Loses or The West Does


Kevin Rudd
The World According to Xi Jinping


Ana Palacio
The Arctic Heats Up



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.