Advisory Council Board Network Guidance Committee Paralegals Staff

Namati and Open Society Justice Initiative coordinated the “Global Legal Empowerment Initiative.” The initiative was guided by an international advisory council that provided strategic guidance and played an ambassadorial role. The Advisory Council consisted of:

Sir Fazle Abed

Abed is the founder and chairman of BRAC, one of the world’s largest development organizations. He is a member of the United Nations Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a global initiative that focused on the link between exclusion, poverty and law. He serves as Chairperson for the Advisory Council.

Madeline Albright

Albright served as the Secretary of State for the United States of America from 1997 to 2001. She is currently a member of the High Level Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. She is also Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.

Helen Clark

Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Throughout her tenure, Clark has consistently argued that legal empowerment of the poor is critical to achieving and sustaining the Millennium Development Goals.

Mo Ibrahim

Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career. He is the founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation hosts the Ibrahim index, which ranks African countries according to governance quality, and issues the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

Amartya Sen

Nobel-prize winning economist Sen is regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field of famine, poverty, social choice and welfare economics. His scholarship has notably observed that development is a measure of freedom, and that legal empowerment is an avenue by which the poor can increase freedom in the areas that most affect their capacity to progress.

George Soros

Soros is a prominent investor, philanthropist, and supporter of democratic ideals. He founded the Open Society Foundations, which support democracy and human rights in over 70 countries. He is also the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC. As one of history’s most successful financiers, his views on economic issues are widely followed.

Sir James Wolfensohn

Wolfensohn was the ninth president of the World Bank Group (1995-2005) and served as Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement for the Quartet on the Middle East. As president of the World Bank, he travelled to more than 120 countries in order to pursue the challenges facing the World Bank in regard to poverty and environmental issues. He successfully led initiatives on debt reduction, banking and finance, environmental sustainability, anti-corruption programs and AIDS prevention and treatment.

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