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Global Board of Advisors


The Global Board of Advisors (GBA) consists of prominent individuals, including business leaders, noted academics, and former government officials from developed and emerging-market countries. The prestigious group provides CFR with insight about their regions and also offers a mechanism for members of the GBA to join discussions on international relations and the U.S. role in the world. The GBA is chaired by David M. Rubenstein, CFR Board vice chairman.

Members of the Global Board of Advisors

Kofi Annan
Former Secretary-General of the UN

Hakeem Belo-Osagie
Etisalat Nigeria

David Cameron
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Claudio Descalzi

Paul Desmarais Jr.
Power Corporation of Canada

Mathias Döpfner
Axel Springer AG

José Antonio Fernández Carbajal

Tarja Halonen
Former President of the Republic of Finland

Fred Hu
Primavera Capital Group

Mo Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Gail Kelly

Ali Y. Koç
Koç Holding A.S.

Yorihiko Kojima
Mitsubishi Corporation

Strive Masiyiwa
Econet Wireless

Sunil Bharti Mittal
Bharti Enterprises

Takashi Niinami
Suntory Holdings Limited

Vladimir Potanin
Norilsk Nickel

Charles David Powell
House of Lords

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer

Nassef Sawiris

Javier Solana
The Brookings Institution

Tidjane Thiam
Credit Suisse

Patrick Walujo
Northstar Group

Zhang Xin
SOHO China