ChairmanHis Excellency Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai served as a Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and concurrently Acting Minister of Culture. He was Chairman of Government Policy Drafting Committee in 2001. He was an Adviser to several Prime Ministers and a Member of Parliament. He was the first Thai Foreign Minister who completed a four-year term of elected government.
Vice-ChairmenHis Excellency Mr. José Manuel Ramos-Horta
Former President of Timor-Leste
The 4th President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense between and Foreign Affairs Minister. He is also a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
His Excellency Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
A Malaysian politician who served as the 5th Prime Minister, and also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
His Excellency Mr. Shaukat Aziz
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
His Excellency Mr. Shaukat Aziz was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served from 2004 – 2007, following five years as Finance Minister from 1999.
His Excellency Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer
Former Chancellor of Austria
An Austrian career politician who spent his entire professional life as a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) or as a Parliamentary Representative. He headed the SPÖ and served as Chancellor of Austria, then pursued a career as a consultant and lecturer, and as a member of supervisory boards of Austrian companies.
Council MembersHis Excellency Dr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Former President of Poland
A Polish politician and journalist who served as the President of Poland from 1995 to 2005, Dr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski was also a co-founding member and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland.
His Excellency Mr. Ricardo Froilán Lagos Escobar
Former President of Chile
Known as Ricardo Lagos. Ricardo Lagos is a social democrat politician, lawyer and economist who served as Minister of Education, Minister of Public Works and President of Chile from 2000 to 2006. He received a degree in Law from the University of Chile and doctorate degree in Economics from Duke University in North Carolina (U.S.A.).
His Excellency Mr. Romano Prodi
Former Prime Minister of Italy and Former President of the European Commission
An Italian politician and statesmen, who served as Minister of Industry, Prime Minister of Italy and the 10th President of the European Commission. Romano Prodi holds a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Milan and advanced degrees in Industrial Economics from the universities of Milan, Bologna, and the London School of Economics.
His Excellency Mr. Karim Massimov
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Karim Kazhimkanovich Massimov was born on June 15, 1965. He graduated from the Beijing Language and Culture University, the Institute of International Law at Wuhan University in China, and the Kazakh State Academy of Management. He has also studied at Columbia University in New York. Mr. Massimov holds a doctorate of science in economics.
His Excellency Mr. Jusuf Kalla
Vice President of Indonesia
An Indonesian politician who was the 10th Vice President of Indonesia from 2004 to 2009 and Chairman of the Golkar Party during the same period.
His Excellency Jigme Yoser Thinley
Former Prime Minister of Bhutan
A Bhutanese national, Mr. Thinley was born on 9th September 1952. Aside from his native languages, he speaks English, Hindi and Nepali.
The Honourable. Jose Claveria de Venecia
Former Speaker of the House of the Philippines
Also known as JDV or Joe De V, former Speaker of the House of Representative of the Philippines, the fourth highest-ranking official of the Philippine.
His Excellency Professor Shunmugam Jayakumar
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
Known officially as Jayakumar. Jayakumar served as the Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Law of Singapore, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bedok Constituency in the East Coast GRC, and also the Foreign Minister of Singapore.
His Excellency Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
Former Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs, currently the chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission, also a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), part of the ruling Barisan Nasional.
His Excellency Mr. Yashwant Sinha
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of India
A former Finance Minister of India, a Foreign Minister and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, currently the largest opposition party in India.
His Excellency Dr. Hassan Wirajuda
Advisor to the President and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
An Indonesian politician who was the Foreign Minister of Indonesia. He served during the presidencies of Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Her Excellency Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi
Member of the House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
A Japanese politician and diplomat, who served as the first woman who became Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2002 to 2004.
His Excellency Mr. Li Zhaoxing
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of China
A senior Chinese diplomat and an expert in international affairs, Li Zhaoxing is currently a member of the standing committee of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC), the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NPC, a member of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Honorable President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, and President of China Association for International Friendly Contact.
His Excellentcy Mr. Myung Hwan Yu
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
Mr. Yu is a senior adviser of Kim & Chang Law Office and also teaches at Sejong University as a chair professor. He retired in September of 2010 after 37 years of distinguished service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2008-2010.
The Honourable Mr. Jose Isidro Camacho
Former Secretary for Finance of the Philippines
Having served in the cabinet of President Arroyo as Secretary of Energy and later Secretary of Finance, he is currently Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse, based in Singapore.
His Excellency Dr. Tej Bunnag
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Dr. Tej Bunnag obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Exhibitioner (Hons) from King’s College, Cambridge University, UK in 1965. He has been conferred his Master Degree from Cambridge University and Ph.D. from Oxford University, who then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
His Excellency Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat
Former Minister of Tourism and Sport of Thailand
Weerasak Kowsurat, formerly served as Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports, who later became Chairman of the Board of the Sports Authority of Thailand and also Chairman of the Board of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. His political experience includes Deputy Leader of Chartthai Political Party, Vice Minister for Culture and Vice Minister for Social Development and Human Security. He once served as Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister in International Affairs.
Dr. Sorajak Kasemsuvan
Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand
A former Vice Foreign Minister of Thailand during H.E. Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai’s term as Foreign Minister.
Professor David Kennedy
Director of Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School
An American academic and legal scholar known for his work on, and criticism of, International Law, Professor David Kennedy holds an appointment as Vice President International Affairs at Brown University, and the endowed chair as David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations.
Mr. Juha Christensen
Director of Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance (PACTA), Finland
A Finnish businessman and researcher, mainly works in Aceh, Indonesia, as a General Manager of PACTA (Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance), a non-governmental organisation focusing on the transformation of conflict into peace; committed to advancing international and national conflict resolution and reconciliation with a view to alleviate suffering, poverty and distress and building social cohesion and trust within and between communities.