People

Our team

The strength of the Foundation is in its wide-reaching network; as such, our leadership team is small. The Global Foundation is led by its founder and Secretary General, Steve Howard, and supported by a small secretariat based in Australia. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and guided by a Global Advisory Council consisting of some of the world’s most eminent business, academic, and civil society leaders.

Our Team

The strength of the Foundation is in its wide-reaching network; as such, our leadership team is small. The Global Foundation is led by its founder and Secretary General, Steve Howard, and supported by a small secretariat based in Australia. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and guided by a Global Advisory Council consisting of some of the world’s most eminent business, academic, and civil society leaders.

Board

Ms Louise Watson
Chairman
Mr Steve Howard
Secretary General
Prof Paul Wellings OBE
Board member
Mr Brian Loughnane AO
Board member
Ms Christine Christian AO
Board member

Global Advisory Council

Dr Mark Cutifani CBE

Chair of the Global Advisory Council

Mark Cutifani was Chief Executive of Anglo American from 2013- 2022, and currently acts as special adviser to the new Chief Executive. He has more than 45 years of broad experience of projects, operations, marketing, business development and finance.

Mark has considerable experience in mining, having been associated with the industry since 1976 and has a practical working knowledge of most of the commodities produced and sold across the globe. He has had line experience and responsibility for mining and industrial businesses across six continents. Prior to joining Anglo American, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at AngloGold Ashanti based in South Africa, and before that he was the Chief Operating Officer for Inco and then Vale’s global Nickel business, based in Canada. Prior to his Vale role he held senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA.

Mark was until recently also the Chairman of De Beers Group of Companies and a non-Executive Director of Anglo American Platinum Limited. Mark continues as a non-executive director of Total SA. He is currently the Chair of Vale Base Metals.

Ms Sharan Burrow AC

Deputy Chair of the Global Advisory Council

Sharan Burrow is a global advocate for human and labour rights, climate action and Just Transition. She is the former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation 2010-2022. Previously, she was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000-2010.

Sharan is well known for her international advocacy on labour standards, corporate responsibility, climate action with just transition, investment in infrastructure and the green economy, investment in the care economy, women, equality and diversity, global migration and employment.

She has represented workers in civil society groups in global policy discussions in United Nations bodies, on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization as well as at the tables of the G7, G20, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund.

Sharan is currently a visiting professor in practice at the LSE, a board member of the European Climate foundation, a co-chair of the IEA Labour Council, Deputy Chair of the B Team, a member of the Commission on Global Climate Governance and chair of the Curtin Institute for Energy Transition.

Mr Dennis Bracy
CEO at Avatar Dimension;
Chairman at Avatar Studios
Former CEO US-China Clean Energy Council
Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC
Chair, Australian Advisory Council
Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ SSI PC
Patron of The Helen Clark Foundation;
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand;
Former United Nations Development Program Administrator
Rt Hon Charles Clarke
Former UK Home Secretary;
Senior Network Member European Leadership Network
Dr Michael Crow
President, Arizona State University
Mr John Denton AO
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
Dr Dino Patti Djalal
Founder and CEO, 1000 Abrahamic Circles Project;
Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Indonesia
Prof Enrico Giovannini
Professor, Department of Economics and Finance (DEF), University of Rome Tor Vergata
Mr Steve Howard
Secretary General, The Global Foundation
Professor Ian Jacobs
Former President & Vice Chancellor, University of New South Wales
Mr Jeyakumar Janakaraj
CEO, Adani Global Singapore & AdaniConneX
Dr Keyu Jin
Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Ms Sue Kench
Global Chief Executive, King & Wood Mallesons
Mr Robert Knott
Chairman, GHD
Mr Pascal Lamy
Vice President, Paris Peace Forum;
Coordinator of the Jacques Delors Think Tanks (Paris, Berlin, Brussels)
Mr Brian Loughnane AO
Member of the Board, The Global Foundation
Mr John McCarthy AO
Senior Adviser, Asialink;
Former Australian Ambassador to India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and United States
Dr Selena Ng
Manager Consulting, Social Ventures Australia
Dr Giuseppe Parigi
Head of International Relations and Economic Directorate, Bank of Italy
Professor Dr Stefania Proietti
Mayor of Assisi and President of the Province of Perugia, Italy
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University;
President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO
Partner & Chair of the Australian Practice, The Asia Group;
Former Ambassador to United States
Dr Wang Huiyao
President, Centre for China and Globalisation
Ms Louise Watson
Chairman, The Global Foundation
Dr Steve Waygood
Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Professor Paul Wellings
Member of the Board, The Global Foundation
Professor Xiang Bing
Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Tan Sri Dr Michael O.K. Yeoh
President, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific

Our team

Mr Steve Howard
Secretary General
Ms Natalia Cikorska
Chief of Staff
Ms Willow Osborne-Rigby
Executive Assistant
Ms Natasha Kerr
Program & Event Coordinator
Mr Daniel Hoogstra
Communication Coordinator
Ms Tara Highet
Communications & Content Coordinator
Ms Perri Harper
Graphic Designer
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