Members of the Global Commission

The initiative is overseen by a Global Commission comprising former heads of government and finance ministers, and leaders in the fields of economics, business and finance. All members serve in a personal capacity. A list of our Emeritus Commissioners is available here.

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa

Honorary Chair, Former President of Mexico
Mexico

Felipe Calderón was President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. During his presidency he prioritized the rule of law and public security; a competitive and job-creating economy; equal opportunities; sustainable development; effective democracy; and a responsible foreign policy.

Paul Polman

Co-Chair, CEO of Unilever
Netherlands

Paul Polman, KBE, Chief Executive Officer Unilever

Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact.

Nicholas Stern is Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Nicholas Stern

Co-Chair; IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the Royal Economic Society
United Kingdom

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and President of the British Academy.  He is Chairman of the LSE's Asia Research Centre and of its Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.  

Sharan Burrow is a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Sharan Burrow

Commissioner; General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Australia

Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in 2010.  She was ITUC President from 2006-10, and before that President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (2004-06). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions.

Suma Chakrabarti is a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Suma Chakrabarti

Commissioner; President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
United Kingdom

Sir Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The Bank’s Board of Governors elected Sir Suma as President of the EBRD for a four year term starting July 3, 2012.

Helen Clark is a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Helen Clark

Commissioner; Former Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
New Zealand

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and was the first woman to lead the organization. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

John Flint

Commissioner; Executive Director and Group Chief Executive of HSBC Holding plc.
UK

John Flint is the Executive Director and Group Chief Executive of HSBC Holdings plc, Mr Flint joined HSBC as an International Officer in October 1989. He spent the first 14 years of his career with HSBC in Asia helping to establish and expand the HSBC Global Markets business in the region before moving back to London in 2004.

Jamshyd Godrej

Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co. Ltd.
India

Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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