Leadership Council

The Council is the body of last appeal, takes a lead in the funding for the Foundation, gives strategic advice and safeguards ethical standards

Nicolas Berggruen

Chairman, Berggruen Institute

Ouided Bouchamaoui

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate



Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, NOW

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Laura Chinchilla

Former President, Republic of Costa Rica

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Mete Coban

Founder and Chief Executive, My Life My Say

Achilles V. Constantakopoulos

Chairman & CEO, TEMES S.A.

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Brunello Cucinelli

Chairman and C.E.O., Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.


Olafur Eliasson

Danish-Icelandic Artist


Ibijoke Faborode

Co-founder and Executive Director, ElectHER

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Clover Hogan

Climate Activist

Chaker Khazaal

Palestinian-Canadian author, reporter, and speaker

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Nathan Law

Politician and Activist

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Kishore Mahbubani

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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Bernard-Henri Lévy

Philosopher, Filmmaker and Activist

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Eric Li

Venture Capitalist and Political Scientist, Shanghai

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Kabelo Mahlobogwane

Chief Ambassador, THUMA Foundation

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George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic


Maria Schmidt


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Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

Chairperson, Qatar Museums Board of Trustees

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Mark Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Times Company

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George Tsopelas

Managing Director, McKinsey & Company Greece


Andrea Venzon

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, NOW

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Ai Weiwei


Itzik Yahav 

Co-Founder and President of Sapienship


Fatima Zaman

Advocate, Kofi Annan Foundation