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Board of Trustees

International Crisis Group's Board of Trustees has 47 members drawn from 30 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.

Watch our Board Members explain why they act to support conflict prevention,  to end Yemen's civil war and to resolve Venezuela's crisis.

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 has been engaged widely in government, international organisations, business and civil society during his career. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Eurasia Group, addressing questions of political risk for its clients. He serves on several commercial boards of international businesses and on the advisory boards of two international Private Equity Funds. He also chairs Best For Britain, an advocacy group engaged in the debate about Britain’s relations with the EU. He served as Deputy Secretary‐General and earlier 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 sat in Prime Minister 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 has also served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist and subsequently ran refugee assistance programmes around the world. He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation, the UN Foundation and BRAC. He formerly chaired the Business Commission on Sustainable Development and the Royal Africa Society and was on the board of Save the Children International.

Frank Giustra

Founder of The Giustra Foundation and Acceso
Frank Giustra is President and CEO of the Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, specialising in food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, and natural resources. Mr. Giustra's entrepreneurial success includes founding Lionsgate Entertainment, and since then is a major shareholder of Thunderbird Entertainment Group. Mr. Giustra is a strong believer in philanthropy, and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes both locally through The Giustra Foundation and globally with Acceso. Since 2005, Mr. Giustra has been an active Board Trustee with the International Crisis Group. Mr. Giustra sits on a variety of non-profit, private and public boards.


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

Hailemariam Desalegn

Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of AGRA

Alexander Downer

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

Sigmar Gabriel

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany

Stephen Hadley

Former U.S. Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs (2005-2009); Principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC

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

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; Former Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General

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

Federica Mogherini

Former Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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

Ghassan Salamé

Former UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya; Former Minister of Culture of Lebanon; Founding Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University

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

Former 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