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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.

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.


Ayo Obe*

Chair of the Board of Gorée Institute (Senegal); Legal Practitioner (Nigeria)
Ayo Obe (née Ogunsola) is a legal practitioner and a partner, with Olasupo Shonibare, in the Lagos-based law firm, Ogunsola Shonibare.  She chairs the Board of Trustees of the Gorée Institute in Senegal and is Vice Chair of the Brussels-based think tank, International Crisis Group.  In Nigeria, she is on the boards of the Z.O. Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries and the inner-city Ajegunle Community Project.  She is also on the Steering Committee of the State Peer Review Mechanism of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and is an active member of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Ms. Obe was President of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Nigeria’s oldest indigenous human rights organisation from 1995 to 2003, a period spanning the despotic rule of General Sani Abacha and Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in May 1999.  She chaired the Transition Monitoring Group, an election-monitoring/democracy-building coalition of independent NGOs, from 2000 to 2002.  From 2004 to April 2008, she was chair of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy and was on the African Democracy Forum’s steering committee.   Ms. Obe represented Nigerian Human Rights NGOs on the Police Service Commission, the civilian oversight body established under the Constitution for the Nigeria Police Force, from November 2001 to 2006.   She has been a member of the board of the Dakar-based Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and of Walmart’s International Advisory Council.  As a member of the Transparency Task Force of Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue, she contributed the chapter on Nigeria’s quest for freedom of information legislation to the C.U.P.’s publication The Right to Know.  She participated as an international advisory group member on the Managing Global Insecurity project of the Brookings Institution, and New York and Stanford Universities.  For three years from April 2006 she headed the Elections Program of the National Democratic Institute’s Nigeria office in Abuja.  She chaired Nigerian civil society’s Panel on Police Reform and until December 2015 was a Trustee of the CLEEN Foundation (formerly the Centre for Law Enforcement Education). In addition to articles published both at home and abroad, Ms. Obe has written weekly columns on current affairs for leading Nigerian newspapers such as /The Guardian/, Next and Sunday Punch. She presented the Nigerian Television Authority’s “/You and the Constitution/” on nationwide television in Nigeria, and “On Point”, a current affairs programme for NTA International.  She has delivered several lectures and papers on a range of human rights and democracy-related subjects, including the 2nd Annual lecture of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, papers on Shari’a Law in Nigeria at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at Yale University.  She has been a panellist at the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France, the Oslo Forum, the Beijing Forum and the Chinua Achebe Colloquium in Providence R.I. among others. Ms. Obe was born in the United Kingdom on the 24th May 1955 and is a Nigerian and British citizen by birth.  She schooled in Britain and Nigeria, received her LLM from the University of Wales and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.  She lives in Lagos and has one daughter.


Fola Adeola

Founder and Chairman, FATE Foundation

Celso Amorim

Former Minister of External Relations of Brazil; Former Defence Minister

Hushang Ansary*

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

Nahum Barnea

Political Columnist, Israel

Kim Beazley

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Ambassador to the US; Former Defence Minister

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

Wesley Clark

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Sheila Coronel

Toni Stabile Professor of Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University

Frank Giustra*

President & CEO, Fiore Financial Corporation

Mo Ibrahim

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

Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Former German Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the UK and U.S.

Yoriko Kawaguchi

Former Foreign Minister of Japan; Former Environment Minister

Wadah Khanfar

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

Wim Kok

Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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

Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Former International Secretary of PEN International; Novelist and journalist, U.S.

Helge Lund

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

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

Roza Otunbayeva

Former President of the Kyrgyz Republic; Founder of the International Public Foundation “Roza Otunbayeva Initiative”

Thomas R. Pickering*

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

Olympia Snowe

Former U.S. Senator and member of the House of Representatives

Javier Solana

President, ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics; Distinguished Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Alexander Soros

Deputy Chair of the Global Board, Open Society Foundations

George Soros*

Founder, Open Society Foundations and Chair, Soros Fund Management

Pär Stenbäck

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Education, Finland; Chairman of the European Cultural Parliament

Jonas Gahr Støre

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

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

* Ex officio, and member of Board of Directors.