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 two-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. 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. The event has been held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada in 2008, Amman, Jordan in 2010, Windsor, UK in 2013, Boston, USA in 2015 and Valetta, Malta in 2017.
Report on 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 56 individuals representing 33 Members of the International Council. Twelve partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The Boards of GLF and GLF (USA) met over the weekend as did the GLF Strategy and Development Committee. GLF Members also had two formal meetings, at the start and at the end of the programme. The programme was structured around seven Plenary Discussions. The Regional Discussions covered The Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. In each case the open discussion was followed by a Caucus meeting for Members to define what GLF activity might be undertaken in each region. The remaining three Plenary Discussions addressed “The Shifting Sands of Global Economic Power”; “Managing Diversity and Combatting Extremism” and “Europe in Turmoil, America in Transition: a World of Uncertainty”.