GLF Annual Meetings

Our Annual Meeting is a pivotal event in our calendar as it brings together the GLF family to create and develop opportunities 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 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.

The event 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 designed 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, with a range of different venues in the intervening years.  In 2017 the Meeting was in Malta and, in 2019, in Dublin.

GLF Annual Meeting 2020 and 2021

Our Annual Meetings in 2021 and 2021 were postponed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next Annual Meeting is currently scheduled for March 2022.

GLF Annual Meeting 2019

The 2019 event 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?”