Our people

The Brazzaville Foundation is made up of distinguished individuals who have great experience and who can assist our work.

The Brazzaville Foundation is managed by an experienced Board of Trustees chaired by Jean-Yves Ollivier, supported by a Chief Executive and by an international Advisory Board made up of highly distinguished individuals whose experience and expertise enable them to give guidance to the Foundation and assist it in its work. Our Patron is HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.

Advisory Board

Kabiné Komara

Kabiné Komara

Former Prime Minister of Guinea (OMVS)

As the Guinea’s former Prime Minister, Mr Komara is a well-known banker in the African continent and a former director at the African Export-Import Bank in Cairo, Egypt. He used to be the Former High Commissioner of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS).

Rising in business and government, he was appointed to the Guinean Conseil Transitoire de Redressement National ruling council in charge of Economic Planning & Cooperation in 1990. He also served as Assistant Director for Personnel in the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée and as director of the Alumina Company of Guinea Aluminum.

Sundeep Waslekar

Sundeep Waslekar

President of the Strategic Foresight Group, India

Sundeep Waslekar is President of Strategic Foresight Group, a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges (water diplomacy, terrorism, foresight for countries and societies).

He has been involved in parallel diplomatic exercises to find common ground in the times of crisis. He has facilitated dialogue between Indian and Pakistani decision makers, heads of Nepalese political parties and water authorities in Africa and the Middle East.

He has been a faculty at World Economic Forum annual meetings at Davos and a senior executive at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm.

Dr Mathews Phosa

Dr Mathews Phosa

Leading member and former Treasurer General of the ANC in South Africa

Nakedi Mathews Phosa was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (formerly the Eastern Transvaal) on

He was one of four ANC members (among them Jacob Zuma) to be sent back to South Africa in 1990 to start the negotiation process with the former government for a peaceful end of apartheid and the transition to democracy.

Dr Phosa was appointed as the first Premier of Mpumalanga Province in 1994 by President Mandela. In 1999, he left politics to pursue a career in business. He re-entered the political arena in 2007 when he was elected Treasurer-General of the National Executive Committee of the ANC, a capacity in which he served until December 2012.

As Treasurer-General of the ANC, Dr Phosa has had extensive international exposure at the highest level engaging with leaders across Africa and beyond. He was also part of numerous peace and mediation efforts, namely in Mozambique, Angola, Burundi, Northern Island and Iraq.

He is also chairs the Council of the University of South Africa (UNISA) – Africa’s biggest leading open distance learning institution.

Dr José Ramos-Horta

Dr José Ramos-Horta

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former President of East Timor

1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. José Ramos-Horta is internationally known as a peacemaker for his work toward a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in Timor-Leste. After a five year term as Timor-Leste President, he went to serve as Special Representative of the Secretary General to the African nation of Guinea-Bissau. Most recently he was asked by the United Nations Secretary-General to chair the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

When Indonesia invaded his country in 1975, José Ramos-Horta exiled and served as the international voice of the Timorese people, addressing constantly and tirelessly the United Nations, including the Security Council and General Assembly.

As a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he is a Member of PeaceJam and frequently gives conferences. He is also a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation. Moreover, he is a Senior Associate Member of the University of Oxford’s St Antony’s College.

Pär Stenbäck

Pär Stenbäck

Leading member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and former Finnish Foreign Minister

Pär Stenbäck was born in Borgå in Finland. In the early 1980, he served as Minister of Education and then Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Pär Stenbäck has had a long association with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, becoming General Secretary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFCR) from 1988 -1992.

He is a specialist in crisis management and has been a Founding Board Member of the International Crisis Group since 1995. Between 2007 and 2013, he helped initiate humanitarian agreements in Israel and Palestine with the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

Among his numerous other international positions, he worked with Commission for Investigation, Asia Disaster and he was a member of the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA).

Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein

Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein

Chairman of the LGT

Prince Philipp holds the position of Chairman of the LGT Group since 2001. He manages the family’s fortune and he has also expanded LGT Bank opening offices all around the world.

After beginning his banking career at Hambros Bank, London, he joined Rothschild Bank in Paris. He went back to Liechtenstein in 1979, joined LGT Bank, gradually rose through the ranks and is now Chairman in LGT.

In addition of his activities as a banker, he is a Governor of the European Financial Forum in London, a Founder-Member of the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

Cécilia Attias

Cécilia Attias

Former First Lady of France

Born in France, Cécilia Attias occupied various positions in ministerial offices, at the Assemblée Nationale and at Neuilly’s city hall.

In 2007, as First Lady of France, Cécilia Attias twice visited Tripoli in efforts to persuade Colonel Gaddafi to release five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya’s death row. Having successfully negotiated the extradition of the prisoners to Bulgaria, she was awarded honorary citizenship of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Cécilia Attias currently lives in New York where she works as Vice President of Public Affairs at Richard Attias & Associates, part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group.

She is also the President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women which aims to be a guiding force in fostering positive change for women across the globe.

Xavier Guerrand-Hermès

Xavier Guerrand-Hermès

Ex Director and Vice Chairman of Hermès of Paris, Inc

He has a long-standing interest in interfaith dialogue and was active participant (treasurer for 20 years) in the World Conference of Religions for Peace, a United Nations-affiliated international organization.

He is an honorary fellow of Harris and Manchester College, Oxford. He graduated from the Harvard Divinity School and served as a member of the Advisory Board of the School’s Center for the Study of World Religions from 1981 to 2004.

He received the Tolerance Prize of The European Academy of Arts and Science in Salzburg and was awarded a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour and a Commander of the Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite.

He is the Founder and Chairman of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace and the Chairman of Eden Development and a board member of Hermès International.

Amama Mbabazi

Former Prime Minister of Uganda

Amama Mbabazi is a former Prime Minister of Uganda (2011-14). He studied law at Makerere University and is a lawyer by profession. He played an important role in the resistance to dictatorship in Uganda (1972-86) and was a founding member and later Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). He was a member of Parliament for 20 years. Before becoming Prime Minister, he held several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Defence, Minister of Security and Attorney General. As Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, he negotiated the Lusaka Peace Agreement that ended hostilities in the DRC, secured the withdrawal of foreign forces and re-established central government administration. He also represented Uganda in the IGAD mediation in the Sudan conflict. In the 2016 Presidential election, he was the only candidate to criticise discrimination against the LBGT community. Among his many other positions, he was a member of the University Council of the Islamic University of Uganda, a founding member of the Uganda AIDS Commission (1990-1995) and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Joint Clinical Research Centre which contributed to vaccine development and HIV care.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria

Olusegun Obasanjo was born in the south west region of Nigeria and spent 21 years in the army which included serving in UN peacekeeping mission in the former Zaire and commanding the Third Marine Commando Division during Nigeria’s Biafran civil war. He was first appointed President of Nigeria in 1976 following a failed military coup and oversaw the restoration of civilian rule in 1979, becoming Nigeria's first military ruler to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government. He was elected President in 1999 and re-elected for a second term in 2003, standing down in 2007. His election on 29 May 1999 is now commemorated as Democracy Day, a public holiday in Nigeria. Obasanjo is regarded as a Father figure in Nigeria. Since leaving office, he has taken on a number of high-profile diplomatic missions including Special Envoy to the Ivory Coast on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2011; head of African Union electoral observation missions in Togo, Zimbabwe and Senegal; and the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes in 2008.


Kgalema Motlanthe

Former President of South Africa

Kgalema Motlanthe has had an illustrious political career. He served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009 following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki. He was subsequently appointed Deputy President of South Africa from 2009-2014.

He played a long and distinguished role in the African National Congress (ANC), beginning as a student activist, trade unionist and member of the ANC's military wing during the struggle against apartheid. In 1976, he was arrested for furthering the aims of the ANC and later imprisoned by the apartheid regime for ten years on Robben Island. Following his release, he held senior roles with the ANC, including serving as Deputy President of the ANC from 2007 until 2012.

He is regarded in South Africa as an ‘elder’ and now heads the Motlanthe Foundation which is committed to social causes, including education and human rights. Recently, he was asked to chair the Parliamentary High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and The Acceleration of Fundamental Change.


Ilmas Futehally

CEO of the Strategic Foresight Group

Ilmas Futehally is co-founder and CEO of the Strategic Foresight Group, an international think tank that has advised governments and institutions from 60 countries. She has been instrumental in launching several initiatives in parallel diplomacy to resolve trans-boundary water conflicts, measure the costs of protracted conflicts and used media from rival countries as catalysts for peace. She is the co-author of Big Questions of Our Time and several other publications. Before founding the Strategic Foresight Group, Ilmas was Assistant Director of the International Centre for Peace Initiatives, where she was engaged in conflict resolution in South Asia.


The Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation is proud to work with a range of organisations which share our aims while maintaining the same ethical standards.

  • Stop Ivory
  • King Baudouin Foundation Us
  • Alma Chamber Orchestra
  • African Oral History
  • Ichikowitz Family Foundation
  • Harvard

    Friends of the Brazzaville Foundation

    The Friends of the Brazzaville Foundation enjoy a close relationship with the Foundation.
    They have all expressed a willingness to contribute to the success of the Foundation in different ways. Sharing the same goals, our Friends are very special to us. They benefit from several advantages including:

    • Regular updates on the progress of the Foundation ;
    • Opportunities to discuss the work of the Foundation at exclusive events hosted by the Foundation ; and
    • Involvement in specific projects that matter most to them.

    Our friends include : Richard Attias, Fatima Bennis, Farid Bennis, Dr. Jaromír Císař, Donald Duke, Ilmas Futehally, Renee Harper, Barbara James, The Dowager Viscountess Rothermere, Jeong Shun Lee (Maiko), Michael Ledeen, Rula Lenska, Michel Roussin, Robin Major General RV Searby CB, Herbert Simon , Pavel Smutný, Alannah Weston and Nigel de N. Winser DSc (Hon. Westminster) FRGS

    Individuals interested in peace and conservation who would like to know more about the Foundation and how they can support our work with a view to joining our Friends are invited to write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..