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 chairman.

Members of the Global Board of Advisors

Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management, Allianz SE, Germany

Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman of the Board, FSDH Holding Company Limited, Nigeria

Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni, Italy

Paul G. Desmarais Jr., Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada, Canada

André Esteves, Senior Partner, BTG Pactual, Brazil

José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, Executive Chairman of the Board, FEMSA, Mexico

Fred Hu, Founder and Chairman, Primavera Capital Group, China

Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Sudan

Ali Y. Koç, Vice Chairman, Koç Holdings A.Ş., Turkey

Frank Lowy, Chairman of the Board, Lowy Institute, Australia

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Group, Zimbabwe

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India

Takeshi Niinami, President and Chief Executive Officer, Suntory Holdings Limited, Japan

Victor Pinchuk, Founder, EastOne Group, Ukraine

Vladimir Potanin, President and Chairman of the Management Board, MMC Norilsk Nickel, Russia

Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Interbank, Peru

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Chairman, Akbank, Turkey

John Sawers, Former Chief, Secret Intelligence Service MI6; Founder and Executive Chairman, Newbridge Advisory, United Kingdom

Nassef Sawiris, Chief Executive Officer, OCI NV, Egypt

Javier Solana, Former Secretary-General, NATO; President, ESADEgeo–Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, Spain

Tidjane Thiam, Special Envoy on Covid-19, African Union; Executive Chairman, Freedom Acquisition I Corporation, France and Ivory Coast

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark, Denmark

Patrick Walujo, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Northstar Group, Indonesia