Tribute to Dr Surin Pitsuwan (1949 – 2017)
As a Swiss non profit Foundation, HD is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team and staff.
HD’s Board meets twice a year and has set up three committees: an Audit & Finance Committee which reviews the financial management of the organisation; an Operations Committee which is responsible for reviewing HD’s programme of work; and a Nominations Committee in charge of identifying suitable candidates for membership.
Ambassador Pierre Vimont is a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the European Neighbourhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy. From 2010 to 2015, Ambassador Vimont served as Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service of the European Union. Prior to this, he worked for thirty eight years in the French diplomatic service. During this time, he served as Ambassador to the United States (2007 to 2010); Ambassador to the European Union (1999 to 2002); and Chief of Staff to three former French Foreign Ministers. Ambassador Vimont holds the title of Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life on only a few French diplomats, and he is also a Knight of the French National Order of Merit. Ambassador Vimont joined HD’s Board in 2015 and was elected as its Chair in 2016.
Mr Eide is a Member of the Norwegian Parliament (2017-2020), where he represents the Norwegian Labour Party. Prior to his elections in September 2017, Mr Eide served as United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, chairing the negotiations aiming at reunifying the divided island, from August 2014 to August 2017. From 2014-2016, Mr Eide was also Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. Until October 2013, Mr Eide was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During his 10 years in government (2000-2001 and 2005-2013), he also held the positions of Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Defence. Apart from his posts in government, Mr Eide has pursued an academic career in political science. From 1993 to 2000, he was a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and from 2002 to 2005, he directed NUPI’s Department of International Politics. He has been involved in several United Nations reform and lessons-learned activities as well as in a number of peace negotiations worldwide. Mr Eide has been a member of HD’s Board since 2013 and he is now its Vice-Chair and Chair of its Operations Committee.
Mr Brooks is the former Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the anti-corruption civil society organisation Transparency International. He served on Transparency International’s Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2014. Mr Brooks continues to support the organisation’s work to improve corporate transparency and integrity. He was the initial independent Chair of the Global Network Initiative until 2014. Mr Brooks is also a former worldwide Chairman of Price Waterhouse and took a key role in the merger negotiations which resulted in the company becoming PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998. He has been a member of HD’s Board since 2011 and also holds the position of Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee which reviews the financial management of the organisation on behalf of the Board.
Sarah F. Cliffe is the Director of the Center on International Cooperation at the University of New York. Prior to that, she was Special Representative for the World Bank’s World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development as well as Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General of Civilian Capacities to the United Nations. Ms Cliffe has worked for the last twenty years in countries emerging from conflict and political transition, including Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, and Timor-Leste. At the World Bank, her work covered post-conflict reconstruction, community-driven development, and civil service reform. Ms. Cliffe was the Chief of mission for the Bank’s programme in Timor-Leste (1999 to 2002). She led the Bank’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group (2002-2007) and was also the Bank’s Director of Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific Region (2007 to 2009). Ms. Cliffe has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, the Government of South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions, as well as for a major management consultancy company in the United Kingdom on public sector reform issues. She joined HD’s Board in 2015.
Grace Forrest is a Founder of the Walk Free Foundation, a Director of the Minderoo Foundation, and currently works as a communications strategist on the Global Slavery Index. She previously worked as a researcher at the Legatum Institute, specialising in modern slavery and mass movements of people. Ms Forrest has spent extensive time on the ground working with modern slavery survivors and documenting the reality of modern slavery throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is also a representative on the Freedom Fund Counsel of Advocates, an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Group and The Freedom Hub, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Freedom United. Ms Forrest has represented Walk Free Foundation around the world, including in meetings with His Holiness at the Vatican and the United Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications. Ms Forrest joined HD’s Board in 2017.
Ms Ameerah Haq was Vice Chair of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the United Nations (UN) as well as UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support from 2012 to 2014. She has over 39 years of UN experience including 19 years of field experience. She was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. Ms Haq has also served as Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Sudan, Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan, as well as UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia and Laos. She has also held senior positions within the UN Development Programme. Ms Haq is a mother to a son aged 35 and a daughter aged 33. She joined HD’s Board in 2015. Following her retirement, Ms Haq has been a guest lecturer at many universities in the US and Europe, and she speaks at many think tanks and research institutions.
Mr Neil Janin is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and currently counsels senior executives on matters of strategy and leadership. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Georgia, and a member of the Board of Ipsos SA, as well as that of a number of non-profit organisations. He spent twenty-seven years with McKinsey & Company, conducting engagements in every area of organisational practice – design, leadership, governance, performance enhancement, culture change and transformation. Before joining the management consulting firm, Mr Janin worked for Chase Manhattan in New York and Paris, as well as Procter & Gamble in Toronto. He has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2013 and chairs its Nominations Committee in charge of identifying suitable candidates for membership.
Ms Khan is the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), a position she formally took up on 1 January 2012. An international thought leader on human rights, gender and social justice issues, Ms Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at its headquarters and in various field operations. She was Visiting Professor at the State University of New York Law School (Buffalo) in 2011. Ms Khan has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2010 and also sits on the Boards of several international human rights and development organisations. Ms Khan received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights has been translated into seven languages.
Ambassador Loretan is a founding partner of the consulting firm Fasel Balet Loretan Associés. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Swiss broadcasting corporation (SRG SSR) from 2012 to 2015. A former Swiss Ambassador and Diplomatic Secretary to the Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Loretan also worked as personal adviser to the Minister of Defence and of Justice and Police. He was Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore and Consul General in New York, and served as Secretary-General of the Swiss Christian Democratic Party from 1993 to 1997. Ambassador Loretan has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2011 and he is also Chairman of the Genolier Swiss Medical Network Group, as well as a Member of the Boards of several other companies.
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International of King’s College London, where she teaches Security, Leadership and Development. She also served as Director of the African Leadership Centre, which she founded in order to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting-edge knowledge for security and development in Africa. Prof Olonisakin also served as Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College from 2003 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (UNSG) on Children and Armed Conflict. She is also one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture by the UNSG, and sits on the Advisory Group of Experts for the UN Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. In January 2016, Prof Olonisakin was appointed as Extra-Ordinary Professor in the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pretoria. She has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice. Her most recent research has focused on “Reframing narratives of Peace and State Building in Africa” and on “Future Peace, Society and the State in Africa”. She has been has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2013 and also chairs the International Advisory Council of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
Ambassador Herman Schaper holds the Peter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University in The Hague and a Member of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Prior to this, Ambassador Schaper had a distinguished career with the Dutch Foreign Ministry, serving as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York (2009 to 2013) and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO (2005 to 2009). He has also held several other positions at the Ministry including Deputy Director General for Political Affairs, Director of the Security Department, and Director of the European Department. From 1981 to 1982, Ambassador Schaper was Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament for the political party D66. He has published extensively on Dutch foreign policy, European security, transatlantic relations, NATO and the United Nations. Ambassador Schaper joined HD’s Board in 2015.
Mr Steimer is the Vice-President of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank. He was also the Chairman of the Board for the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise from 2002 to 2017. Mr Steimer has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2009 and also sits on the Boards of Chubb Ltd and Allreal Holding AG.
Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009); Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999); Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain (1992–1995). Currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics; Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution; Chairman of the Aspen Institute Spain; Senior fellow at the Hertie School of Governance; Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics; and Member of the Boards of the International Crisis Group and the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr Andrew Forrest is a Co-founder and Chairman of the Minderoo Foundation, a philanthropic entity which he established alongside his wife, Nicola, in 2001. Through the Minderoo Foundation, Mr Forrest is now invested in both local and international ventures that protect and support the under-privileged and communities. Mr Forrest is also the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the Fortescue Metals Group, the iron ore company of which he remains Chairman. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia for outstanding service to the community, to his nation and beyond. Mr Forrest is an Adjunct Professor of the China Southern University and a longstanding Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is Co-Chairman of the Senior Business Leaders’ Forum, the leading formal dialogue platform for China and Australia’s most senior business leaders. Mr Forrest is also a Councillor of the Global Citizen Commission, which reported to, and made a series of human rights recommendations to, the United Nations Secretary General in April 2016. He was named 2014 Business Leader of the Year at the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia Pinnacle Awards. In 2017, he was also named West Australian of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community, and was a national finalist for the Australian of the Year.