Advisory Board

Deepa Narayan │Development Advisor and Scholar

Deepa Narayan is a development advisor and scholar who has worked on global poverty issues for the last 25 years, with international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as civil society.  From 2002 to 2008, she was senior adviser to the vice-president in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

A member of the Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum, Narayan was named as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers by the U.S. Foreign Policy magazine, as one of 35 great minds by India Today magazine in 2011, and one of 100 disruptive heroes to bring about changes in large organizations by Hackers Work, 2013.  Narayan has authored more than 15 books including the Voices of the Poor series for the World Bank and Womanhood: Made in India, which will be published in 2016.

Her current interests include gender, reducing inequality, shared and sustainable living, ethical development and economic policies that help create wealth for poor people. She also conducts experiential workshops on creative leadership for women and youth.



Joseph S. Nye, Jr. │ University Distinguished Service Professor,  Harvard University

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1958, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a PhD in Political Science from Harvard where he joined the faculty in 1964. In 2008, a poll of  2700 international relations scholars listed him as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and a 2011 poll rated him the fourth most influential scholar in international relations over the past 20 years. From 1977-79, he was a deputy Undersecretary of State and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1993-94 he chaired the National Intelligence Council which prepares intelligence estimates for the president, and in 1994-95 served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He won Distinguished Service medals from all three agencies.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. has published thirteen academic books, a novel, and more than 150 articles in professional and policy journals.  His most recent books include Soft Power, The Powers to Lead, and The Future of Power which The Economist called “rigorous and convincing.”  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is the recipient of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award, the Charles Merriam Award from the American Political Science Association, France’s Palmes Academiques, and various honorary degrees.



Ghassan Salamé  Professor of International Relations, Sciences-Po (Paris)

Ghassan Salamé is professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs/PSIA. Born in1951 in Lebanon, he studied Law (DEA), Humanities (PhD); and Political science (PhD). He taught international relations at the American and Saint-Joseph universities in Beirut and at Paris I University. In 2000-2003, he was Lebanon’s Minister of Culture, in charge of national heritage and the arts; Chairman of the Organization Committee and Spokesman for the Arab Summit (March 2002) and for the Francophone Summit (October 2002) in Beirut. Salamé was Political Advisor to the UN Mission in Iraq (2003) and Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General (2003-2006). He is presently vice chairman of the board of the International Crisis Group (Brussels) and sits on the board of the Open Society Institute (New York), the Centre for International Conflict Resolution (New York), the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva) and a few other not-for-profit organizations. He is the founding chairman of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut).

Ghassan Salamé is the author of (inter alia) Quand l’Amérique refait le mondeAppels d'empire : ingérences et résistances à l'âge de la mondialisationState and Society in the Arab Levantand editor (inter alia) of Democracy Without Democrats: Politics of Liberalization in the Arab and Muslim WorldThe Politics of Arab Integration and The Foundations of the Arab State. His essays have been published in Foreign PolicyRevue française de science politiqueEuropean Journal of International AffairsThe Middle East Journal and other scholarly journals. He was given the Phenix (Beirut) and ADELFI (Paris) Prizes for his book Appels d’empire (1996), and the Medaille of the Academie francaise (2003), made chevalier de la Legion d’honneur (France 2004), was named the ‘The Arab Cultural Personality of the Year’ (UAE, 2005), and was awarded the Al-Idrissi Prize (Italy, 2012).



Anne-Marie Slaughter   │ President and CEO, New America Foundation

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of the New America Foundation, and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Anne-Marie Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009, where she rebuilt the School's international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She received a BA from Princeton, an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a JD from Harvard.



Javier Solana  │ President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics

Javier Solana is president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, chairman of the Aspen Institute España, honorary president of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva), member of the board of the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Human Rights Watch, as well as senior visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an Honorary Degree in December 2010.

He is the former secretary general of NATO, was the European Union high representative for common foreign and security policy from 1999 to 2009 and was secretary-general of the Council of the European Union.



Yasmin Sooka  │ Executive Director, Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa

Yasmin Sooka, the inaugural George Soros Visiting Chair, is a leading human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa. An international expert in the field of Transitional Justice, Sooka served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and chaired the committee responsible for the final report from 2001-03. Sooka has been part of many advisory missions on Transitional Justice for the United Nations and has also assisted many governments in setting up transitional bodies such as Truth Commissions and has advised on reparation programs. 

Alexander G. Soros  │ Founder of the Alexander Soros Foundation

A graduate of New York University, Alexander Soros founded the Alexander Soros Foundation in 2012 while pursuing his current doctorate in Modern European History at University of California, Berkeley. Based in New York City, the Foundation promotes social justice and human rights through a grant-making program that focuses on innovative organizations throughout the world.

Alexander Soros also sits on the boards of the Global Public Policy Institute, a Berlin-based think tank which develops strategies for effective and accountable governance, Bend the Arc, which supports grassroots efforts to strengthen lower-income neighborhoods across the United States; Global Witness, which exposes and breaks the links between natural resources, conflict and corruption; and the Open Society Foundations.