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100 former Prime Ministers & Presidents demand G7 make world safe again by vaccinating poorer countries

  • Polling reveals overwhelming support for UK and western G7 countries paying for global vaccinating against Covid
  • 79% of Brits backed rich countries funding Covid costs
  • 70% of polled G7 nations support rich countries sharing cost burden

London, 7 June 2021 – More than 230 world leaders, including 100 former prime ministers, presidents and foreign ministers have issued an emotional plea calling on the G7 to pay for vaccinating the world against Covid-19.

Former UK Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, former leaders of Ireland, President Mary Robinson and Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern and leaders from every continent - former UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, former New Zealand Prime Ministers, Helen Clark  and Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shauket Aziz, former premier of Korea, Han Seung-soo, and 15 former African leaders including Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Mahama of Ghana, FW de Klerk of South Africa are just some of the global pantheon of first citizens insisting the G7 summit take the necessary actions to make us all Covid-19 safe.

The unprecedented pressure from former world leaders ahead of Friday’s G7 summit comes as an opinion poll commissioned by Save the Children across all the G7’s western members revealed 79% of Brits with a view either way back the G7 paying up to make the world safe again.

Across the US, France, Germany, Canada and the UK, over 70% people who gave a positive or negative view support the G7 paying a share of the $66bn needed for vaccines globally, which is in line with the size of their economies.

Across the five countries, among those who support or oppose the policy, the UK saw the highest level of support, with 79% compared to 21% opposing. The USA saw 76% support, 24% oppose; Canada: 73% support, 27% oppose; France: 63% support, 37% oppose; Germany: 71% support, 29% oppose.

Calling for 2021 to be “a turning point in global cooperation’”, the pan-global leaders insist the first step is for the G7 “to lead the way by guaranteeing to pay 67 per cent of ACT-A requirements for health” - around $30bn a year over two years - for what they say is ‘the best public investment in history’.

Former UK Premier, now UN Global Ambassador, Gordon Brown who has been pressing for a new global collaboration and G7 agreement on a burden-sharing plan to underwrite the cost of vaccinating the world said:

“For the G7 to pay is not charity, it is self protection to stop the disease spreading, mutating and returning to threaten all of us. Costing just 30p per person per week in the UK, is a small price to pay for the best insurance policy in the world. Savings from vaccination are set to reach around $9 trillion by 2025.”

Kirsty McNeill, executive director of Save the Children said that UK organisations representing 12 million people were calling for change:

“When it comes to vaccine justice what stands out is that people of different ages, in different locations and with different backgrounds are united. They want the G7 to make the world safe again. Their publics will not accept anything less than a serious and fully-funded plan to crack the global covid crisis.”

In the UK, more than 70% of adults have received their first dose and coverage rates in many rich countries are approaching half the adult population. Meanwhile much of sub-Saharan Africa has reached less than 2% of their adults.

The leaders pantheon also call for a global growth plan, debt restructuring and climate finance for the poorest countries and say that while “2020 witnessed a failure of global cooperation, 2021 can usher in a new era.”

The G7 leaders letter also calls for action to prevent an uneven and unbalanced recovery – and ensure a more inclusive, equitable and greener future. It calls for them to deliver on the proposed fund for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries; and ensure that their economic recovery plans boost renewables and green infrastructure.

Brown added: “The 230 names on the letter reveals the desire across every continent for leaders to set aside their differences and come together, show international cooperation can work and make the world the healthier, safer, greener and fairer place we all want to see.”

“I’m pleased Britain leads the way when asked whether each country should pay a proportion in line with the size of their economies. But in every country there is widespread support.

“As the figures reveal, in the UK: 79% support, 21% oppose. USA: 76% support, 24% oppose; Canada: 73% support, 27% oppose; France: 63% support, 37% oppose; Germany: 71% support, 29% oppose”.

“There is also majority support for countries sharing some of their vaccine doses and pushing pharmaceutical companies to share how to make Covid vaccines free of charge.”

The polling revealed that in the UK, 88% of those with a view either way backed rich G7 countries sharing some of the doses they have ordered. The equivalent figure was at least 80% in every country polled.

In the UK, 87% of those who gave a positive or negative view supported intellectual property sharing schemes, with the same figure reaching at least 79% in the other western G7 countries.

The results showed that across the five countries, supporters of every single mainstream political party except two – 2017 Alternative für Deutschland voters in Germany and 2017 Marine Le Pen voters in France – supported G7 countries boosting vaccinations in poorer countries.

Notes to editors:

For interviews or more information from Save the Children, please contact: d.stewart@savethechildren.org.uk | +44 (0)20 3763 0119 | +44 (0)7950 822494.

The Crack the Crises coalition is made up of 75 organisations representing 12 million people in the UK. Members include Save the Children, ActionAid, Global Citizen, National Union of Students, and WaterAid. They are united to demand concerted action on COVID, climate change and help for struggling communities at home and abroad. More info at crackthecrises.org.

Stack Data Strategy, commissioned by Save the Children, polled nationally representative samples in France, Germany, the UK, the USA and Canada to assess the popularity of the G7 countries paying for the part of the $66bn it would cost to supply Coronavirus vaccines in low-income countries, and intellectual property and dose sharing schemes from G7 countries to low-income countries. Full data available on request or online here, from 07.06.21: https://www.stackdatastrategy.com/data

In the polling, respondents were given the following options:

  • Strongly support
  • Somewhat support
  • Neither support nor oppose
  • Somewhat oppose
  • Strongly oppose
  • Don’t know

Polling samples:


Sample size

Dates in field



12 - 14 May



12 - 14 May



14 - 21 May



14 - 21 May



14 - 18 May


Full text of the letter to G7 leaders

Dear Prime Minister Johnson, Prime Minister Trudeau, Prime Minister Suga, Prime Minister Draghi President Biden, President Macron, President Von Der Leyen and Chancellor Merkel,

Let’s make 2021 the turning point!

The year 2020 witnessed a failure of global cooperation, but 2021 can usher in a new era.

No one anywhere is safe from COVID 19 until everyone is safe everywhere. The first step, that will pay for itself many times over, is to ensure mass vaccination in every affected country.  Support from the G7 and G20 that makes vaccines readily accessible to low- and middle-income countries is not an act of charity, but rather is in every country's strategic interest, and as described by the IMF is ‘the best public investment in history’.

The G7 and their invitees should lead the way by guaranteeing to pay 67 per cent of ACT-A requirement for $19 billion more funding this year, and a total of $66B over two years, based on a fair-share financing approach and financial burden-sharing formula proposed by the ACT-A Facilitation Council and its assessment of ability to pay. The G7 should also lead the way in support of dose sharing and voluntary licensing agreements, potentially including temporary patent waivers that would allow vaccines to be manufactured on every continent with the necessary knowledge and technology transfer. The international and regional financial institutions should be asked to release new resources for low- and middle-income countries to build capacity in their health systems and support the implementation of the report recently released by the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response. 

Global economic policy alignment is vital. We were fortunate that, over the last year, in the initial COVID-19 recovery phase, most countries followed similar policies, resulting in an acceptable level of policy alignment. What we need now, in this next phase, is an agreed global growth plan with coordinated monetary and fiscal interventions to prevent an uneven and unbalanced recovery – and ensure a more inclusive, equitable and greener future.

The IMF’s proposals for a synchronised push on infrastructure, including green infrastructure, across all continents, would, if adopted by the G7 and G20, raise global economic output by $2 trillion by 2025.

The G20 and G7 must also address the growing divergence caused by differences in health outcomes and uncoordinated macroeconomic policy approaches. While most advanced economies can look forward to strong growth and widely available vaccines, much of the emerging and developing world must face the new waves and new variants of the virus with depleted economic and social buffers. Many countries face rising debt and falling tax revenues, as well as declining aid flows following a slow recovery in global trade and foreign direct investment. With up to 150 million more people forced into poverty, and with widespread cuts in healthcare and education budgets, COVID-19 may have delayed progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals by up to five years, with girls and women suffering most.  We call on the G7 to extend their initiative on girls’ education and to support the UNICEF plan for digital connectivity that ensures the inclusion of all young people.

The G7 and G20 can help to bridge the financing gaps faced by vulnerable countries and act to restore a viable path towards the SDGs. This will require the multilateral development banks to deploy more finance, more efficiently, optimising their balance sheets and reviewing their capital adequacy framework, as already requested by the G20. In this respect we need to examine new guarantee-based instruments to crowd in private sector finance for health, education, and social. safety nets, and we need to make progress on international agreements to curtail tax avoidance.

We must redouble our efforts to ensure debt sustainability for low and even middle-income countries, with an extension of the debt service suspension initiative as long as it is needed, and with broader participation by private creditors, and possibly by non-G20 official creditors, in the new Common Framework for debt treatment. Its success will depend on greater transparency on the part of both debtors and creditors.

2021 is a vital year for progress towards reaching net carbon zero by 2050. In advance of COP 26, the G7 and G20 countries must announce bold national commitments which require companies to disclose their carbon footprints, deliver on the proposed fund for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries and ensure their economic recovery plans boost renewables and green infrastructure with corporates, cities and multilateral institutions all encouraged to be at the centre of efforts to achieve a sustainable net carbon zero environment.

Full list of signatories:

Title First Name Last Name Position
  Philippe Aghion Professor of Economics, Collège de France & LSE
  María Elena Agüero Secretary General of Club de Madrid¹
  Bertie Ahern Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (1997-2008)³
  Shamshad Akhtar 14th Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. Former Vice-President of the World Bank for the Middle-East and North Africa. ²
  Rashid  Alimov Secretary General Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2016-2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan 1992-1994³
  Farida Allaghi former Ambassador of Libya to EU³
  Amat Alsoswa Yemen's first female ambassador and minister. She served as the Assistant Secretary- General, Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Arab States.²
  Abdulaziz Altwaijri former Director General of ISESCO³
  Rosalia Arteaga President of Ecuador (1997)³
  Shaukat Aziz Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007)³
  Jean Badershneider Vice President Exxon Mobile (2000-2013), CEO & Founding Board Member Global Fund to End Modern Slavery³
  Jan Peter  Balkenende Prime Minister of The Netherlands (2002-2010)¹
  Joyce Banda President of Malawi (2012-2014)¹
  Ajay Banga Executive Chairman, Mastercard 
  Kaushik Basu - President of the International Economic Association; Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-2016)
  Oliver Bäte CEO, Allianz Group
  Marek Belka Prime Minister of Poland (2004-2005), President of the National Bank of Poland (2010-2016)³
  Carol Bellamy Former chair of the board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). Former director of the Peace Corps, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and president and CEO of World Learning. She is also the chair of children's rights advocacy organization ECPAT International. Former President of the New York City Council.²
  Nicolas Berggruen Chairman of the Berggruen Institute⁴
  Erik Berglof EBRD Chief Economist (2006-2015); Professor of Economics, LSE
  Sali Berisha President of Albania (1992-1997), Prime Minister (2005-2013)³
  Catherine Bertini Former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program. Former UN Under-Secretary for Management.²
  Suman Bery Chief Economist at Royal Dutch Shell (2012-2016); Director-General of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi
H.R.H  Prince Turki  bin Faisal Al Saud Chairman of King Faisal Foundations Center for Research and Islamic Studies³
  Ana Birchall deputy Prime Minister of Romania (2018-2019), Minister of European Affairs (2017), Minister of Justice (2019)³
  Valdis Birkavs Prime Minister of Latvia (1993-1994)¹
  Tony Blair Prime Minster of the United Kingdom (1997-2007)
Dr Mario Blejer Governor of the Central Bank of Argentina (2002); Director of the Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England (2003-2008)
  Irina Bokova Former Director-General of UNESCO.²
  Patrick Bolton Professor of Finance and Economics, Imperial College London; Professor, Columbia University
  Kjell Magne Bondevik Prime Minister of Norway (1997-2000;2001-2005)¹
  Dumitru Bragish Prime Minister of Moldova (1999-2001)³
Sir Richard  Branson Co-Founder, The B Team and Founder, Virgin Group
  Mayu  Brizuela de Avila Former Foreign Minister of El Salvador.²
  Jesper  Brodin CEO, Ingka Group (IKEA)
  Gordon Brown Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2007-2010)
  Gro Brundtland Prime Minister of Norway (1981; 1986-1989; 1990-1996)
  John Bruton Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994-1997)⁵
  Robin Burgess Professor of Economics, LSE
  Sharon  Burrow Vice-Chair, The B Team and General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  Micheline Calmy-Rey President of Switzerland (2007;2011)⁵
  Kathy Calvin Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation.²
  Fernando Henrique  Cardoso President of Brazil (1995-2003)¹
  Wendy Carlin Professor of Economics, University College London
  Hikmet Cetin Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (1991-1994)³⁵
  Lynda Chalker former Minister of Overseas Development UK⁵
  Laura Chinchilla President of Costa Rica (2010-2014), Vice President of the Club de Madrid¹
Professor Bai Chong-En Dean, Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
  Helen Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008)¹³⁵
  Joe Clark Prime Minister of Canada (1979-1980)⁵
  Marie-Louise Coleiro-Preca President of Malta (2014-2019)¹³
  Emil Constantinescu President of Romania (1996-2000)³
Professor Diane Coyle CBE Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  Chester Crocker former Assistant Secretary of State USA⁵
  Mirko Cvetkovic Prime Minister of Serbia (2008-2012)³
  Marzuki Darusman former Attorney General of Indonesia⁵
  Herman  De Croo Minister of State, Honorary Speaker of the House Belgium³
  Nathalie  de Gaulle Founder and Partner SOCIETER³
  FW de Klerk President of South Africa (1989-1994)⁵
  Dominique de Villepin Prime Minister of France (2005-2007)¹
  Kemal Derviş Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey (2001-2002); Administrator of UNDP (2005-2009); Senior Fellow Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institute
HE Hailemariam Desalegn Prime Minister of Ethiopia (2012-2018)
  Mathias Dewatripont Professor of Economics, Université libre de Bruxelles
  Beatrice Weder di Mauro President, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute in Geneva
  Božidar Djelić Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia (2007-2011)
The Hon. Mark Dybul Former United States Global AIDS Coordinator (2006-2009) and Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaris (2012-2017)
Dr Victor J. Dzau President of the National Academy of Medicine
Professor  Karolina Ekholm Stockholm University; Deputy Finance Minister (2014-2018)  and Deputy Governor Bank of Sweden (2009-2014).
  Barry Eichengreen Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Dr Mohamed El Erian President of Queens' College, Cambridge
  Susan Elliott CEO and President National Committee on American Foreign Policy³
  Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés President of the UN General Assembly 73rd session, Minister of National Defense of Ecuador 2012-2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs 2017-2018²³
  Gareth Evans former Foreign Minister of Australia⁵
  Emmanuel Faber Former CEO and Chairman, Danone
Professor Jeremy Farrar Director of the Wellcome Trust
  Leonel Fernandez President of the Dominican Republic, (1996-2000; 2004-2012)¹
  Christiana Figueres Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).²
  Jan Fisher Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (2009-2010)³
  Vincente Fox President of Mexico (2000-2006)¹
  Abraham Foxman National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (1987-2015)³
  Franco Frattini Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2002-2004); (2008-2001), European Commissioner (2004-2008)³
  Louise Fréchette UN Deputy Secretary-General (1997-2006)⁵
  Julio Frenk President of the University of Miami (2015-Present) and Former Secretary of Helath of Mexico (2000-2006)
  Robert Fulton Chief Exectuive, Global Leadership Foundation⁵
  Chiril Gaburici Prime Minister of Moldova (2015)³
  Ahmed Galal Finance Minister of Egypt (2013-2014)
  Felipe Gonzales Prime Minister of Spain (1982-1996)⁴
  Lawrence Gonzi Prime Minister of Malta (2004-2013)⁵
  Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic President of Croatia (2015-2020)³
  Mats  Granryd Director General, GSMA
  Ameenah  Gurib-Fakim President of Mauritius (2015-2018)³
  Sergei Guriev Chief Economist of the EBRD (2016-2019); Professor of Economics, Sciences Po
  Afred Gusenbauer Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008)¹
  Tarja Halonen President of Finland (2000-2012)³
  Diane Havlir Professor of Medicine and Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at the University of California, San Francisco
Dr Noeleen Heyzer Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations 2007-2015, Executive Director United Nations Development Fund for Women 1994-2007²³
  Bengt Holmström Nobel Laureate for Economics (2016); Professor of Economics, MIT
Dr Fred Hu Chairman and Founder, Primavera Capital⁴
  Arianna  Huffington Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
Dr Mo Ibrahim Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  Enrique Iglesias former Foreign Minister Uruguay⁵
  Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Secretary General of OIC (2004-2014)³
  Dalia Itzik Interim Presdient of Israel (2007), Speaker of the Knesset (2006-2009)³
  Mladen Ivanic President of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014-2018)³
  Asad Jamal Chairman, GoodPlanet Foundation
  Harold James Professor of European Studies & Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University
  Rob  Johnson  President, Institute for New Economic Thinking 
HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia (2006-2018)
  Mehdi Jomaa Prime Minister of Tunisia (2014-2015)¹
  T. Anthony  Jones Vice-President and Executive Director of GFNA¹
Dr Lee Jong-Wha Professor of Economics, Korea University; Chief Economist & Head of the Office of Regional Economic Integration at the Asian Development Bank (2007-2013)
  Ivo Josipovic President of Croatia (2010-2015)¹³
  Yolanda Kakabadse Former President, World Wildlife Fund International
  Angela Kane Vice President of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, and Senior Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.²
  Kostas Karamanlis Prime Minister of Greece (2004-2009)³
  Caroline Kende-Robb Former Executive Director, Kofi Annan's Africa Progress Panel and former Secretary General, CARE International
  Kerry Kennedy President Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights³
  Karim Khalili Vice President of Afghanistan (2004-2014), Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council³
  Jakaya Kikwete President of Tanzania (2005-2015)
  Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016)¹
  Jadranka Kosor Prime Minister of Croatia (2009-2011)³
Professor Anne Krueger - First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF (2001-2006); Senior Research Professor of International Economics, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  Leonid Kuchma President of Ukraine (1994-2005)³
  John Kufuor President of Ghana (2001-2009)
  Chandrika Kumaratunga President of Sri Lanka 1994-2005³
  Aleksander Kwaśniewski President of Poland (1995-2005)¹³
  Hervé Ladsous UN Under-Secretary-General (2011-2017)⁵
  Ricardo Lagos President of Chile (2000-2006)¹⁴
  Zlatko Lagumdzija Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2002), deputy Prime Minister (2012-2015)¹³
  Pascal Lamy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (2005-2013)⁴
  Guilherme  Leal Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Natura & Co
  Yves Leterme Prime Minister of Belgium, (2008, 2009-2011)¹³
  Doris Leuthard President of the Swiss Confederation (2010 and 2017)¹
Professor Justin Yifu Lin Chief Economist & Senior Vice-President of the World Bank (2008-2012); Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University³
  Andrew  Liveris Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO, Dow Chemical
  Tzipi Livni Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel (2006-2009)³
  Petru Lucinschi President of Moldova (1997-2001)³
  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero President of the Government of Spain (2004-2011)¹
  Igor Luksic Prime Minister of Montenegro (2010-2012)³
  Nora Lustig President Emeritus of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association; Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University
  Jessie Rose  Mabutas Member of Audit and Risk Committee of the Executive Board at The African Capacity Building Foundation.²
  Graça Machel Former Education Minister for Mozambique
  Mauricio Macri President of Argentina (2015-2019)¹
  Susana Malcorra Dean of IE School of Global & Public Affairs at IE University, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Worship of Argentina (2015-17)²
  Mark Malloch-Brown President of the Open Society Foundations
  Purnima Mane Former President Pathfinder International, (2012-2016) and former Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, UNFPA (2007-2011).²
  Juan Manuel Santos President of Columbia (2010-2018)
  Cristina Manzano Representative of Constituent Foundation FRIDE¹
  Moussa Mara Prime Minister of Mali (2014-2015)³
  Giorgi Margvelashvili President of Georgia (2013-2018)³
Dr Dalia Marin Professor of International Economics, TUM School of Management, Munich
  Paul  Martin Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006)⁴
HE  Taher Masri Prime Minister of Jordan (1991), Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jordan (1993-1995)³
  Colin Mayer CBE Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  Carolyn McAskie Former assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping at the United Nations.²
  Peter Medgyessy Prime Minister of Hungary (2002-2004)³
  Rexhep Meidani President of Albania (1997-2002)¹³
  Stjepan Mesic President of Croatia (2000-2010)³
  James Michel President of Seychelles (2004-2016)¹
  Hiro  Mizuno Special Envoy of U.N. Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments and Board Member, Tesla
  Festus Mogae President of Botswana (1998-2008)¹⁵
  Torben Möger Pedersen CEO, PensionDanmark
  Amre Moussa Secretary General Arab League (2001-2011), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt (1991-2001)³
  Rovshan Muradov Secretary General Nizami Ganjavi International Center³
  Joseph Muscat Prime Minister of Malta (2013-2020)³
  Mustapha Kamel Nabli Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (2011-2012)
  Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi Programme Director of the Institute of Global Affairs, LSE; Director of Policy, EBRD (2009-2015)
  Dawn Nakagawa Executive Vice President, Berggruen Institute⁴
  Professor Ngaire Woods Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  Bujar Nishani President of Albania (2012-2017)³
  Olusegun Obasanjo President of Nigeria (1976-1979; 1999-2007)
  Raila Odinga African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa and Prime Minister of the Replubic of Kenya (2008-2013)
  Jean Oelwang Founding CEO and President, Virgin Unite
  Paul  Olman  Chair, The B Team, Co-Founder & Chair, IMAGINE and CEO (2009-2018), Unilever
Lord Jim O'Neill Chair of Chatham House
  Djoomart Otorbayev Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan (2014-2015)³
  Roza Otumbayeva President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011)¹
  George Papandreou Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)
  Georgi Parvanov President of Bulgaria (2002-2012)³
  Andres Pastrana President of Colombia (1998-2002)¹
  P.J. Patterson Prime Minister of Jamaica (1992-2006)¹⁵
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering US Under Secretary of State (1997-2000)⁵
  Navi Pillay Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Former Judge of the International Criminal Court. Former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.²
  François-Henri  Pinault Chairman and CEO, Kering
Sir Christopher Pissarides Nobel Laureate for Economics (2010); Professor of Economics & Political Science, LSE
  Rosen Plevneliev President of Bulgaria (2012-2017)³
  Richard Portes CBE  Professor of Economics, London Business School; Founder and Honorary President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research
  Jorge ‘Tuto’ Quiroga President of Bolivia (2001-2002)¹
  Jean-Pierre Raffarin Prime Minister of France (2002-2005)⁵
  José Manuel  Ramos-Horta President of Timor Leste (2007-2012)¹
HE Abelraouf  Rawabdeh Prime Minister of Jordan (1999-2000), President of the Senate (2013-2015)³
  Hélène Rey Professor of Economics, London Business School
  George Robertson Secretary General of NATO (1999-2004)⁵
  Mary Robinson President of the Republic of Ireland (1990-1997)
  Dani Rodrik President-Elect of the International Economic Association; Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University
  Gérard Roland Professor of Economics & Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  Petre Roman Prime Minister of Romania, (1989-1991)¹³
  Ismail Serageldin Co-Chair NGIC. Vice-President of the World Bank (1992-2000)³
  Fatiha Serour Justice Impact Lab Co-founder, International consultant/adviser (Africa Group for Justice and Accountability). Former Deputy Special Representative and Assistant Secretary General in Somalia (United Nations).²
  Han Seung-Soo Prime Minister of the Rep. of Korea (2008-2009)¹
  Karin  Sham Poo Former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Interim Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict.²
  Robert  Shapiro US Under Secretary of Commerce (1997-2001)
Dame Jenny Shipley Prime Minister of New Zealand (1997-1999)¹
  Mari Simonen Deputy Executive Director, External Relations, United Nations Affairs and Management of UNFPA.²
  Juan Somavia Director General of the ILO (1999-2012)¹
  George Soros Founder & Chair of the Open Society Foundations
  Michael  Spence Nobel Laureate for Economics (2001); William R. Berkley Professor in Economics & Business, NYU⁴
  Devi Sridhar Professor of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh
Dr Eduardo Stein Vice President of Guatemala (2004-2008)⁵
  Joseph Stiglitz Chief Economist of the World Bank (1997-2000); Nobel Laureate for Economics (2001); Professor, Columbia University⁵
  Petar Stoyanov President of Bulgaria (1997-2002)³
  Laimdota Straujuma Prime Minister of Latvia (2014-2016)³
  Alexander Stubb Prime Minister of Finland (2014-2015)¹
  Boris Tadic President of Serbia (2004-2012)³
  Eka Tkeshelashvili deputy Prime Minister of Georgia 2010-2012, Minister of Foreign Affairs 2008³
  Aminata Touré Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014)¹
  Elbegdorj Tsakhia President of Mongolia (2009-2017)¹
  Danilo Türk President of Slovenia (2007-2012), President of the Club de Madrid¹
  Hamdi Ulukaya Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani
  Cassam Uteem President of Mauritius (1992-2002), Vice President of the Club de Madrid¹⁵
  Marianna V  Vardinoyannis Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO³
  Harold Varmus Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1989³
  Raimonds Vejonis President of Latvia (2015-2019)³
  Melanne Verveer Executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.²
  Vaira Vike-Freiberga Co-Chair NGIC, President of Latvia (1999-2007)³
  Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden President, Mannheim University (2012-2019); Professor, Economics Department
  Filip Vujanovic President of Montenegro (2003-2018)³
  Leonard Wantchekon Founder & President of the African School of Economics; Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  Shang-Jin Wei Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (2014-2016); Professor of Chinese Business and Economy & Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
  Michelle Williams Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  Yashar Yakish Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (2002-2003)³
Professor Yu Yongding President of the China Society of World Economy (2004-2006); Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, China Academy of Social Sciences
  Jigme Yoser Thinley Lyonchhen Prime Minister of Buthan (2008-2013)¹
Professor Muhammad Yunus Chairman, Yunus Centre
  Viktor Yuschenko President of Ukraine (2005-2010)³
  Kateryna Yushchenko First Lady of Ukraine (2005-2010), President Ukraine 3000 Foundation³
  Valdis Zatlers President of Latvia (2007-2011)³
  Ernesto Zedillo President of Mexico (1994-2000)



¹ Member of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid

² Member of the Global Women Leaders@ Voice for Change and Inclusion

³ Member of Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC)

⁴ Member of the Berggruen Institute 21st Century Council

⁵ Member of the Global Leadership Foundation