Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF) is in London. Kumaratunga attended its AGM held on 25 April 2013 held at London’s Savill Court Hotel.
The current Chairman of the GLF is Nobel Laureate, President F. W. de Klerk, whom together with President Nelson Mandela was responsible for the abolition of apartheid in South Africa
The GLF makes available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It does so through its network of members - former Presidents, Prime Ministers, senior ministers and other distinguished leaders, drawn together by a desire to give something back to the world.
Among the attention-grabbing discussions this year were;
‘Transition from authoritarian rule’, an open discussion on the major factors that make for successful and peaceful transitions and how GLF might play a facilitation role in particular cases.
‘Coming to grips with the resource curse’, an open discussion focusing on how developing countries with oil and mineral resources to be extracted can get the best advice on how to negotiate with foreign investors, manage the impact on the environment, deal with employment issues and put revenues to best use.
Working in small teams, in their personal capacity, members offer private and confidential advice to heads of government on any issues of concern to them.
The GLF is a not-for-profit foundation, registered in Switzerland and is independent of any government or corporate interest.
Some of the other distinguished participants at the London meeting were GLF members former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans; former Mauritian President Cassam Uteem and former Indian Foreign and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh.