In June 2017 Mr De Klerk visited Calgary, Alberta to address the Canadian Energy Executive Association. During his stay he was met by Senior Executives of of Nutrien; Vice Chairman Joe Clark and GLF Strategy Committee Members Francis Saville and Randy Gossen also attended. The Chairman then visited New York to meet some members of the GLF International Council before returning to South Africa.
GLF is delighted that Ricardo Luna accepted the Chairman's invitation to join the Foundation. Ricardo Luna served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for Peru from 2016 – 2018. In a distinguished diplomatic career, he was Peru’s Ambassador to the UK (2006-10), USA (1993-99) and the UN (1989-1992) and also served in key positions in Tel Aviv, Geneva, Paris and Quito.
GLF is delighted to report that former President Festus Mogae accepted the Chairman's invitation to become a GLF Member.
Mr Mogae led the Republic of Botswana from 1998 to 2008 during which time the country experienced steady economic growth. Earlier he served as Vice President from 1992 to 1998. In 2008 he received the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
In May 2018, Robert Fulton made a short visit to Washington DC to extend GLF’s links with the wider business and professional communities, to make GLF better known to key decision makers and to explore the opportunities for new contacts to support GLF.
Amitav was invited to the Tana High-level Forum on African Security in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, in April 2018. He availed himself of the opportunity to meet senior officials from the African Union Commission, the Ethiopian Government and a number of diplomats, academics, representatives of think tanks and civil society organisations from across Africa and beyond, including some donor governments that have significant programmes of development assistance for Africa.
A delegation of GLF Members visited Vienna in late April, for discussions with the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Dr Thomas Greminger, in Vienna. The delegation consisted of Micheline Calmy-Rey, Wolfgang Schuessel and Hikmet Çetin, with Amitav Banerji accompanying from the Secretariat. The talks with SG Greminger and his senior team covered ways in which GLF could support the OSCE as an institution, as well as possible opportunities for engagement with OSCE member states.
In April 2018, Micheline Calmy-Rey, supported by 3 former senior Swiss officials, addressed Chatham House and LSE on the Swiss experience of living and working alongside, but outside, the European Union.
From January – March 2018, GLF Member Vaira Vike-Freiberga spent 6 weeks at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University as the Scholar in Residence initiated by Barbara Barrett and arranged by GLF. The aim of the visit was to provide an opportunity for the Honors College students to hear at first hand the experience of a former leader and to add to the opportunities for GLF Members to add the perspectives of future leaders to their own extensive experience.
As Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led Liberia from 2006-18, through reconciliation and recovery following the nation’s decade-long civil war, as well as the Ebola Crisis, winning international acclaim for achieving economic, social, and political change.
Projects Director Amitav Banerji attended the World Government Summit in Dubai in February 2018, as an invitee of the Government of the United Arab Emirates. He participated as a member of a senior international group assembled to make recommendations on the promotion of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (which calls for ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ to promote sustainable development). The group met under the chairmanship of Helen Clark, herself a GLF Member.