People : International Advisory Board
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Chair / Special Adviser :
H.E. Max van der Stoel
Board Members :
H.E. Lakhdar Brahimi
Lakhdar Brahimi is Chair of the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises. He was Special Advisor to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on issues including conflict prevention, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan from 2001-2004 and the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Afghanistan during 1997-1999. Mr. Brahimi served as Special Representative for Haiti (1994-1996) and for South Africa (1993-1994). Mr. Brahimi was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria from 1991 to 1993, and was from 1984 to 1991 the Under-Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. Mr. Brahimi is a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and lectures regularly in the US, Europe, Africa and the Arab world on international relations, conflict and conflict resolution.
H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal
Prince El Hassan bin Talal, of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes, committees and initiatives, such as the International Cultures Foundation and "Partners in Humanity". Prince El Hassan is President of the Club of Rome, and chairs and is a member of several other international committees and organisations. He was the Chairman of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation from 1999-2002, and is a former Member of the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group.
H.E. Inder Kumar Gujral
H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the President of Liberia and was an Independent Expert for UNIFEM. From 1992 to 1997, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf served as Assistant Administrator and then Director of the UN Development Program Regional Bureau for Africa, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf has been the Minister of Finance for Liberia, President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, Vice President of Citicorp, Vice President of the HSBC Equator Bank, and founder of Measuagoon, a non-profit supporting community development and girls education in Liberia. Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf has served as Governor representing Liberia for several financial institutions including the International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
Amb. Tommy Koh
H.E. Dr. Bernard Kouchner
Bernard Kouchner is Foreign Minister of France. Dr. Kouchner is also cofounder of Nobel Prize-winning Médecins sans Frontières and founder of Médecins du Monde. He has been French Minister of State for Health (1997- 1999), Minister of State for Humanitarian Action (1988-1992) and Minister of State for Social Integration (1988). From 1999 to 2001, he was Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the UN Mission in Kosovo. Dr. Kouchner was Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, in 2001.
H.E. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is former President of Sri Lanka (1994- 2005). Following nearly 20 years in Sri Lankan politics, she was elected to the Western Provincial Council and appointed Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's largest province before moving to national politics in 1994. President Kumaratunga has been a guest lecturer at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and at Bradford University in the United Kingdom. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London (1988-1991), and recently became a Member of the Club de Madrid.
H.E. Donald McKinnon
Mr. Juan E. Méndez
Juan E. Méndez is President Emeritus of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. Mr. Méndez was the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide from 2004-2007. Between 2000 and 2003 he was a member of the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and served as Commission President in 2002. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Méndez was Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica. He worked with Human Rights Watch for 15 years, including as General Counsel. He has taught Human Rights Law at Georgetown Law School, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and he teaches regularly at the Oxford Masters Program in International Human Rights Law in the UK.
H.E. Salim Ahmed Salim
H.E. Farooq Sobhan