The Brazzaville Foundation is governed by an experienced Board of Trustees chaired by Jean-Yves Ollivier.
The work of the Foundation is managed by a small team led by Richard Amalvy. An international Advisory Board made up highly distinguished individuals assists its work. Our Patron is HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former French Judge
A distinguish former French Judge internationally known for his work on antiterrorism cases. He was Senior Deputy President of the « tribunal de grande instance de Paris » and played a key role in the investigation of a number of high profile terrorism cases, including of Carlos « the jackal » one
He was later nominated by the European Union to carry out in the US a review of the “Finance Tracking Programme”, an intelligence program dedicated to the fight against financing terrorism.
He sits on the board of advisers of the Chertoff group and helps the Foundation in its work on substandard and falsified medicines.
FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE OAU
Amara Essy has had a long and distinguished diplomatic career leading to his appointment as Foreign Minister of the Ivory Coast in 1990. He was later Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity and presided over its transition to become the African Union in 2001-2.
He has particularly close links with the United Nations. He was the Ivory Coast's Permanent Representative to the UN in both Geneva and New York and in 1994 he was elected President of the 49th Session of the UN General Assembly.
In 2000 he was appointed the UN Special Envoy for the DRC. He is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation.
Dr Joyce Banda
FORMER PRESIDENT OF MALAWI
Dr Joyce Banda was Malawi’s first female President and Africa’s second. She had previously served as a Member of Parliament, Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Foreign Minister, and Vice President of Malawi.
She has been a long-standing champion of the rights of women and girls. During the two years of her presidency, Malawi made significant advances in maternal and child health, reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 675 deaths per 100,000 live births to 460, a reduction of 32%. In 1997 she established the Joyce Banda Foundation which has since reached 1.3 million Malawians in areas such as education, maternal health and women’s rights and empowerment.
Dr Banda has received numerous international awards and honours and has regularly been voted one of the most powerful women in Africa.
ARMENIAN PHILANTHROPIST AND ENTREPRENEUR
Ruben Vardanyan is an Armenian philanthropist and entrepreneur who has had a distinguished career in business.
He served as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Troika Dialog, one of the leading investment banks in Russia and the CIS. An active philanthropist in Russia and Armenia,
Mr. Vardanyan is engaged in numerous activities, including the Initiatives for Development of Armenian (IDeA). Together with his wife Veronika Zonabend, he led the collaboration to open UWC Dilijan College, a world-class education institution in Dilijan, Armenia.
Mr. Vardanyan is also a Founding Partner and Vice-Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. In addition, Mr. Vardanyan serves on the International Advisory Boards of business schools in Japan and Brazil.
FORMER FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Jan Kohout is a Czech diplomat and former Foreign Minister.
He began his career as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague and, following the Velvet revolution, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1995 he was director of the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and, from 1995 to 2000, served as Deputy Head of the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN and to the OSCE in Vienna.
After returning to Prague he held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Ambassador to the EU in Brussels as well as Deputy Foreign Minister. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2004 and again in 2013.
HRH Michael of Kent
HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO
His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the fourth son of King George V and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and of Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia.
Prince Michael has formally represented the Queen on numerous occasions, at home and abroad.
A qualified Russian interpreter, also fluent in French and with a working knowledge of German and Italian, the Prince runs his own consultancy company, and uses his international expertise to develop commercial relationships for British companies overseas. He has always had strong emotional ties to Russia, which he first visited in 1992, following the collapse of communism.
Now Patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, he was presented in 2009 with the Order of Friendship by President Medvedev.
Despite his protocolary and professional activities, the Prince devotes a high proportion of his tie to the support of charities and not-for-profit organisations. He is Patron or President of over 100 such organisations both in the UK and internationally. His commitment is particularly strong in the field of conservation and animal welfare.
Board of Trustees
Founder and Chairman of the Foundation
Jean-Yves Ollivier played a vital behind-the-scenes role in facilitating the Brazzaville Accords, thanks to his extensive network of high-level contacts. He is the only foreigner to have received South Africa’s highest award, first in 1987 – under the apartheid regime – for having organised an unprecedented regional exchange of prisoners, and then in 1995 from Nelson Mandela for his contribution to peace.
Along side his career as a businessman and commodities trader in Africa, China and the Middle East, Jean-Yves Ollivier has continued to pursue a career in parallel diplomacy, harnessing his professional contacts to the cause of peace.
Among many other peace initiatives in which he has been involved, he played a pivotal role in the 2002 talks in Sun City which led to a power-sharing agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between President Joseph Kabila and four rebel leaders. He also had an important role in the reconciliation process between Uganda and Sudan which paved the way for the independence of South Sudan.
Jean-Yves Ollivier is an “Officier de la Légion d’honneur” in France and has received awards from a number of other countries.
Oliver is an Associate in the Charity & Social Enterprise department of the UK legal firm, Bates Well. After reading English at Durham University, he worked as a researcher for an MP and subsequently spent two years as Project Officer with the International Centre for Reconciliation (Middle East conflict resolution agency) focused on Israel/ Palestine and Iraq with regular travel to those regions. He subsequently took a degree in law and qualified as a solicitor. He is also accredited as a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) mediator.
Nicholas Chance, CVO
Nick Chance was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets, seeing active service during the “Confrontation” conflict in Borneo and Malaysia during the 1960s. He subsequently joined the Foreign Office and later left to work as journalist on the Financial Times. He has served on the Boards of a number of City and industrial companies and was a Magistrate from 1985 until his retirement from the Westminster Bench in 2013. He was Private Secretary to HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Kensington Palace from 1997-2016. He was awarded the CVO (Commander of the Victorian Order) in 2014.
Charles Carr is the founding partner of C&F Partners and a specialist in risk consulting with 25 years of global experience advising his clients on a wide range of risk matters related to financial crime, anti-money laundering, sanctions, regulatory compliance, fraud investigations and other risk management matters. He has worked with multiple worldwide financial institutions and governments and assisted them on their development of their economic crime prevention initiatives and financial intelligence functions.
For 25 years, Richard Amalvy has been involved at the international level in several NGOs and IGOs in fields as varied as youth policies, non-formal education, conflict resolution. He has also led a career as a political and strategic consultant.
On the NGO side, he was one of the co-founders of the European Youth Forum (Brussels, 1996-1998). He co-designed programmes for conflict resolution in the Great Lakes region of Africa (1996), the Middle East (1999) and the former Yugoslavia (2001-2004). Former Director of External Relations of World Scouting (Geneva, 2004-2010), he was Vice-Chairman of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (New York, 2008-2010).
On the IGO side, he has been administrator of the NorthSouth Centre of the Council of Europe (Lisbon, 1996-1998), Youth Policy consultant for the World Bank (Paris, 2004), and strategic consultant for Public and General Affairs at the OECD (Paris, 2010-2012).
He has advised business and NGO leaders in France and the United States (2013-2020). He teaches Public Affairs Management at HEIP (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales et Politiques) in Paris.
The Brazzaville Foundation is proud to work with a range of organisations which share our aims.
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 : Moustapha Niasse (Honorary Member of the Brazzaville Foundation), Richard Attias, Fatima Bennis, Farid Bennis, Dr. Jaromír Císař, Donald Duke, 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, Nigel de N. Winser DSc (Hon. Westminster) FRGS as well as Alexandra and Neville Cook.