Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Chairs and Co-Chairs by Institutional Affiliation

The seventy-five chairs, co-chairs, and vice-chairs of GRI’s Global Agenda Councils 1  were predominately men involved in higher education from the U.S. and the UK. 

Roughly one-half of the leadership posts 2 were held by faculty from universities, colleges, and other higher educational institutions. Of these academic leaders, 60% hail from American universities. One university, in particular, has a disproportionate number of these academic chairs. Harvard University provided over one-fifth chairs (8) 3 from the academic community and over 10% of all of the chairs, co-chairs, and vice-chairs. The only institutions that had more than one representative as a taskforce leader were The Economist (UK), Georgetown(USA), INSEAD (France), Keio University (Japan), and Tsiughua University (China).

Of the leadership posts not based in higher education, multinational corporations, banks, and business associations provided 40-plus percent of the remainder; 4 governments and international organizations provided 20-plus percent. 5

On a geographic basis, the 80% of the Global Agenda Council leaders were from G20 countries. One-half of these were from Anglophone countries (US, UK, Australia); one of ten were from Southern G20 countries. Less than 5% that were based in non-G20 African countries, non-G20 Asia countries or non-G20 European countries.  

A complete listing of leadership of the taskforces is in Annex B. A list of the essayists is in Annex A.

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  • 1. ^ The leadership of the Global Youth Leaders groups was not included in the report; some the Global Agenda Councils had co-chairs; some had vice-chairs. This tally includes all the chairs, co-chairs, and vice-chairs.
  • 2. ^ 48%
  • 3. ^ 22%
  • 4. ^ 27 % of the total GAC leadership
  • 5. ^ 12% of the total GAC leadership
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