The World Leadership Alliance was launched late last year by its President, Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands Wim Kok in Little Rock, Arkansas, who announced that the world needs all the wisdom and experience of its leaders in these times of major global turmoil.
“The World Leadership Alliance will play an important role by providing current leaders and civil society with access for countries to the collective wisdom and experience of more than 90 former world leaders from more than 60 countries.” Mr Kok said.
Australian businessman Professor Clive Palmer is President of the World Economic Council, and is also Joint Secretary General of the World Leadership Alliance.
“The coming together of the World Leadership Alliance and the World Economic Council will forge a powerful alliance,’’ Professor Palmer said.
“It will draw upon the individual and collective leadership experience as well as its members’ profiles to support current leaders who are facing challenges of democratic development in a turbulent environment,’’ he said.
Members of the World Leadership Alliance include, among many others, William J Clinton, President of the USA (1993-2001); Aung San Suu Kyi – Opposition Leader, Burma; Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations (1977-2007); Jimmy Carter, President of the USA (1977-1981); and Jacques Delors, President of the EU Commission (1985-1995), as Honorary Members; Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil (1995-2000) and Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile (2000-2006); who preceded Kok as Presidents of the Club de Madrid; Tuto Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002) and Jennifer Shipley, PM of New Zealand (1997-1999).
The World Economic Council is made up of global business leaders who bring their own experience in addressing global challenges to support for the work of the World Leadership Alliance.
The World Economic Council will operate through regional Conventions to be established in Asia, Europe, Australasia and the Pacific Islands, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East, and Russia.