The leadership of the Global Hope Coalition is composed of men and women from various backgrounds and cultures, united in the conviction that extremism and intolerance pose a grave threat to the future of our children, shared cultural heritage, and intercultural relations. This threat can only be overcome through the mobilization of civil society forces, international organizations and the private sector working in tandem with Member States of the United Nations.

Global Leadership Council

Irina Bokova

Director-General of UNESCO, Honorary President

Wided Bouchamaoui

Nobel Peace Laureate, President of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade Handicrafts (UTICA)

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian Foreign Minister and United Nations Peace Envoy

Demet Sabanci Cetindogan

Founder and President of the One Foundation, Turkey

Amb. Wendy Chamberlin

President of the Middle East Institute

Amb. Esther Coopersmith

Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO

Meera Gandhi

Founder and CEO of the Giving Back Foundation

Tarja Kaarina Halonen

Former President of Finland

Prof. David Khalili

Founder of the Khalili Collections, President of Maimonides Interfaith Foundation

Dr. Richard Kurin

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large, Smithsonian Institution

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Former President of Poland

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder

President of World Jewish Congress

Francine LeFrak

Harvard Women’s Leadership Board

Deborah Lehr

Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition

Jack Ma

Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group

Amin Maalouf

Acclaimed author, member of the French Academy

Emily Rafferty

President Emerita of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Catherine Reynolds

Founder and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

John Rogers

Executive Vice President, Goldman Sachs; Deputy Secretary of State (1991-1993)

Baron Eric de Rothschild

Banker and philanthropist

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Children Movement) in India

Gillian Sorensen

Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

Amb. Marianna Vardinoyannis

President of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation

Li Yongjun

President of Yong Xin Hua Yun Cultural Industry Group, China

Foundation Organization

The Global Hope Coalition is based in New York and aligned with two sister organizations—Global Hope Coalition Europe, based in Zurich, and Global Hope Coalition Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Honorary President:

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

U.S. Chairman:

Deborah Lehr, Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition

Asia Chairman:

Li Yongjun, President of Yong Xin Hua Yun Cultural Industry Group, China

Global Coordinator:

Abe Radkin, Special advisor to UNESCO Director-General, Executive Director of Project Aladdin

Counsel and Legal Affairs:

Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher (New York)

Bär & Karrer (Zurich)