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Board of Trustees

International Crisis Group's Board of Trustees has 43 members drawn from 33 countries. They bring a wide array of perspectives drawn from their experience at the highest levels of government, business and philanthropic institutions. Their wisdom, influence and global reach lend weight to Crisis Group policy recommendations to prevent, manage and resolve deadly conflict.

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President & CEO

Robert Malley

President & CEO


Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown

Former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs. He is currently Chairman of SGO and its elections division Smartmatic, a leading elections technology company. He is on the Boards of Investec and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He previously led FTI Consulting’s EMEA practice. He served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist. He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Centre for Global Development. Mark is also a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and was formerly a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation. He has a number of honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2007 for his contribution to international affairs. He is the author of /“The Unfinished Global Revolution”/ and in 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He continues to write, broadcast and lecture about international issues.


Fola Adeola

Founder and Chairman, FATE Foundation

Hushang Ansary

Chairman, Parman Capital Group LLC; Former Iranian Ambassador to the U.S and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs

Gérard Araud

Former Ambassador of France to the U.S.

Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden

Emma Bonino

Former Foreign Minister of Italy and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid

Cheryl Carolus

Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC)

Maria Livanos Cattaui

Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Ahmed Charai

Chairman and CEO of Global Media Holding

Nathalie Delapalme

Executive Director and Board Member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Alexander Downer

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Australia

Robert Fadel

Former Member of Parliament in Lebanon; Owner & Board member of the ABC Group

Sigmar Gabriel

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany

Frank Giustra

Founder, Radcliffe Foundation

Hu Shuli

Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media; Professor at Sun Yat-sen University

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founder, Celtel International

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former President of Liberia

Yoriko Kawaguchi

Former Foreign Minister of Japan; Former Environment Minister

Wadah Khanfar

Co-Founder, Al Sharq Forum; Former Director General, Al Jazeera Network

Nasser al-Kidwa

Chairman of the Yasser Arafat Foundation; Former League of Arab States Special Representative for Libya; Former Joint Deputy Representative for Syria; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestinian Authority; Former Permanent Observer of Palestine to UN

Bert Koenders

Former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Andrey Kortunov

Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

Ivan Krastev

Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia); Founding board member of European Council on Foreign Relations

Tzipi Livni

Former Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister of Israel

Helge Lund

Former Chief Executive BG Group (UK) and Statoil (Norway)

Susana Malcorra

Former Foreign Minister of Argentina

William H. McRaven

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral who served as 9th Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command

Shivshankar Menon

Former Foreign Secretary of India; Former National Security Advisor

Naz Modirzadeh

Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Saad Mohseni

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MOBY Group

Marty Natalegawa

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Permanent Representative to the UN, and Ambassador to the UK

Ayo Obe

Chair of the Board of Gorée Institute (Senegal); Legal Practitioner (Nigeria)

Meghan O'Sullivan

Former U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan; Professor of Practice, Harvard University

Thomas R. Pickering

Former U.S. Under Secretary of State and Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria

Ahmed Rashid

Author and Foreign Policy Journalist, Pakistan

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

Former President of Colombia; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2016

Wendy Sherman

Former U.S Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Lead Negotiator for the Iran Nuclear Deal

George Soros

Founder, Open Society Foundations and Chair, Soros Fund Management

Alexander Soros

Deputy Chair of the Global Board, Open Society Foundations

Jonas Gahr Støre

Leader of the Labour Party and Labour Party Parliamentary Group; Former Foreign Minister of Norway

Jake Sullivan

Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant to President Obama, and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden

Lawrence H. Summers

Former Director of the US National Economic Council and Secretary of the U.S. Treasury; President Emeritus of Harvard University

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

CEO of Save the Children International; Former Prime Minister of Denmark

Wang Jisi

Member, Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry; President, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University

Chairmen Emeriti


Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland

George J. Mitchell

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

President Emeritus

Gareth Evans

Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia

Founder and Trustee Emeritus

Mort Abramowitz

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey