Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors, in alphabetical order, include:

 

Innocent Chukwuma – Regional Director for the Ford Foundation’s office in West Africa, Founder of the CLEEN Foundation (Nigeria).

 

 

 

Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah – Former Head of the African Union Border Program.

 

Stanley Johnson – Former politician, author, Former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held several European Commission positions.  Award-winning environmentalist.

Mr. Johnson is a former senior official of the European Commission and a former Member of the European Parliament (1979-1984) where he was Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment. Mr. Johnson is currently an Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).  He is the author of numerous books about the environment, including UNEP: Forty Years of International Environmental Policy; The Environmental Policy of the European Community; and World Population and the United Nations, as well as ten novels and two volumes of autobiography.  Mr. Johnson has been honoured with awards for his services to the environment by Greenpeace, RSPCA, WWF and the RSPB, notably in connection with his work on the EU Habitats Directive and the creation of the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas.

 

 

Caroline Kende-Robb – Chief Adviser of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.

Ms. Kende-Robb was the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a foundation chaired by Kofi Annan. Prior to joining the Africa Progress Panel, Ms. Kende-Robb worked at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for 16 years as a senior manager and technical expert in the regions of Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific. From 1989 – 1993, she lived in The Gambia, as a VSO volunteer for the European Union and The Gambian Government and then as the West Africa Field Director for Africa Now, a small civil society organization. Ms. Kende-Robb later joined the UNDP, in The Gambia, as Poverty Alleviation Focal Point. Caroline is a Non-Executive Director for Mara Social Media and Mara Sonkoni. Ms. Kende-Robb was a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Councils on Africa and later on Justice, and is currently a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion. Ms. Kende-Robb is the author of many publications and holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from Liverpool University and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

 

Wim Kok – Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Former President of Club de Madrid and has held several Supervisory Board positions in the business sector and in national and international Non-Governmental Organizations. Awarded honorary title of Minister of State.

Mr. Kok served two consecutive terms as Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002). Before that he was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister (1989-1994). He was leader of the Dutch Labour Party for 16 years: from 1986 to 2002. After having studied at the Nijenrode Business School, Mr. Kok started his career in the Netherlands Confederation of Trade Unions. He was President of that Confederation from 1973 till 1985. Next to that he served as President of the European Trade Union Confederation (1979-2002). After having stepped down as Prime Minister in 2002 he served –amongst others- as a non-executive director of some large international companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell, ING Group, TNT, Post NL, KLM and China Construction Bank (Beijing). In 2004, he headed a High Level Group advising the European Council on revitalising the European economy and improving its competitiveness. Mr. Kok held and still holds positions in some non-profit organisations, including the Anne Frank Foundation, where he chaired the board of trustees. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and member of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). In 2003 Mr. Kok was appointed Minister of State. From 2010 to 2014 Mr. Kok served as President of the Club de Madrid, the world’s largest organisation of former Heads of State and Government, of which he is still a board member.

 

Prof. Dr. Sang-Hyun Song – President of UNICEF/Korea, former President and Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (2003-2015) and Professor emeritus and former Dean of Seoul National University Law School (1972-2007).

 

Dr. Sang-Hyun Song studied law in Korea, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Germany and taught as a visiting professor at several law schools worldwide, notably at Melbourne Law School, New York University Law School and Harvard Law School.

 

 

 

 

Lousewies van der Laan – member of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Ms. van der Laan is a former Member of the European and the Netherlands Parliaments and Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Ms. Van der Laan has served as chief of staff of the President of the International Criminal Court and currently works as a consultant on politics, communication, human rights and the rule of law. Ms. van der Laan holds a Law Degree from Leiden University and a diploma in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna.

 

 

Dr. A.H.E.M. “Nout” Wellink – Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

 Dr. Wellink was President of the Dutch Central Bank (1997-2011). During his Presidency he also served as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank and the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements. His secondary functions have included membership of the supervisory boards of a number of profit and non-profit organisations. At present Dr Wellink is, a.o., an independent non-executive director of the Bank of China and vice-chairman of the supervisory board of PwC Netherlands. Dr. Wellink was awarded a Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion and is Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau.