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 – to make available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to help today’s leaders manage the challenges they face.
During the three-day programme GLF Members and associates are joined by key business leaders and other supporters to take stock of what the Foundation has done over the past year and to establish direction and priorities for the year ahead. The main objective is to pool the wealth of experience and immense breadth of knowledge of the GLF family to identify challenges facing governments around the world and plan ways in which the Foundation might assist political leaders through private and discreet diplomacy.
Each event includes meetings of the GLF and GLF (USA) Boards as well as the GLF Strategy and Development Committee. GLF Members also hold private meetings, to decide on new Members and to define what GLF activity might be undertaken in each region. The rest of the event is open to all invited participants and is structured around plenary discussions, both regional discussions covering the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, as well as topical dicussions. While the gathering is first and foremost about deciding where to focus the Foundation’s resources in the year ahead, the event is also an important networking opportunity and the programme is structured to enable both formal and informal opportunities for all participants to share ideas on all aspects of politics and business.
As a Swiss-registered foundation, GLF holds its Annual Meetings in Switzerland every second year. In addition to events in Rüschlikon, Vevey, Wolfsberg and Bern, our Annual Meetings have been held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada (2008), Amman, Jordan (2010), Windsor, UK (2013), Boston, USA (2015) and Valetta, Malta (2017).
GLF Annual Meeting 2019
GLF Annual Meeting 2019 was held outside Dublin 04-07 April 2019. A total of 125 people participated, including 23 GLF Members and 32 Members of the International Council. Fourteen partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The programme included plenary discussions titled "Strategic Perspectives on a Changing World" and "Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy?"
GLF Annual Meeting 2018
GLF Annual Meeting 2018 was held in Bern 26 - 29 April 2018. A total of 115 people attended, including 21 GLF Members and 29 Members of the International Council. Eleven partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The programme included plenary discussions titled "Strategic Perspectives on a Changing World" and "Facebook and Democracy: Maintaining Election Integrity"
GLF Annual Meeting 2017
GLF Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Malta 30 March – 2 April 2017. A total of 147 people attended, including 22 GLF Members and 33 Members of the International Council. Fifteen partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The programme included plenary discussions titled “The Shifting Sands of Global Economic Power”; “Managing Diversity and Combatting Extremism” and “Europe in Turmoil, America in Transition: a World of Uncertainty”.
GLF Annual Meeting 2016
GLF Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Wolfsberg 21-24 April 2016. A total of 104 people attended, including 22 GLF Members and 27 Members of the International Council. Seven partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The programme included plenary discussions titled “Europe and the World: New Calculations", "The China Effect" and "The Middle East and the World: New Equations".