21st Century Trust

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The 21st Century Trust "brings together the rising generation of leaders worldwide, now aged under 40, from government, business, NGOs, academe, the media and other sectors." To this end it arranges conferences. The idea is that these are "open, creative thinking, informal, off-the-record discussion" and draw on people from "a wide range of professional backgrounds." Its conferences are small, with 25 participants, and generally a week long.


The Senior Fellows (who lead each conference) have included:

Michael Ignatieff, Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (Senior Fellow for Media Power and Responsibility); Heizo Takenaka, Japanese Minister for Economic Policy (Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Scenarios for 2020); Dominique Möisi, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris (Globalization: Challenges and Discontents); Ronald Dworkin, New York University and University College London (Genetics, Identity and Justice); Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism); Ambassador Olara Otunnu, United Nations, New York (Human Rights in International Relations); Sir Marrack Goulding, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General (The International Community and its Role in Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict)

The list of Senior Fellows given is

Lord Andrew Adonis: Under Secretary of State, UK Department of Education and Skills.

Neal Ascherson: Journalist and Author.

Prof Kevin Boyle: Director of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK.

Dr Vincent Cable: Member of Parliament (LiberalDemocrats).

Prof Christopher Coker: London School of Economics.

Robert Cooper: Director-General for External and Politico-Military Affairs, Council of the European Union.

Dr Lynn Davis: Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs 1993-1997.

Lord Alfred Dubbs: House of Lords.

Prof Ronald Dworkin: Professor of Law, New York University.

Dr Shereen El Feki: American University, Cairo.

Prof Abdelwahab El-Messiri: Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Robin Gorna: HIV/AIDS Team Leader, DFID.

Sir Marrack Goulding: Former Warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford, former UN Under-Secretary-General responsible for Peace-keeping (1986-1993) and Political Affairs (1993-1997).

Prof Fred Halliday: International Relations at LSE, London.

Michael Ignatieff: Member of Parliament, Canada, former Carr Professor of Human Rights Practice, Harvard University.

  • Dr Martin Jacques: Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics Asia Research Centre.
  • Dr Josef Joffe: Co-Publisher, Die Zeit.
  • Dr Vina Mazumdar: Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.

Doris Meissner: Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC.

Dominique Moïsi: Deputy Director, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris

Prof Konrad von Moltke: d. 2005.

Edward Mortimer: Director of Programs, Salzburg Global Seminar.

Lord Claus Moser: Chairman Emeritus, British Museum Development Trust.

Ambassador Olara Otunnu: President of LBL Foundation for Children.

Sir Geoffrey Owen: Director of Business Policy Programme, London School of Economics.

Dr Fred Sai: Former President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ghana.

Prof Edward Said: d. 2003.

Richard Sandbrook: d. 2005.

Professor Dr Michael Stürmer: Chief Correspondent, Die Welt.

  • Prof Heizo Takenaka: Professor, Keio University, Former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.
  • Lord William Wallace: Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, House of Lords, United Kingdom.
  • Dr Michael C Williams: UK Prime Minister's Special Envoy to the Middle East
  • Prof Heinz Wolff:

Previous speakers have included: Field Marshal Lord Carver, Nik Gowing, Will Hutton, Mark Moody-Stuart, Geoff Mulgan, The Rt Hon Lord David Owen, Lord David Puttnam, Lord George Robertson, Mary Robinson, John Simpson, General Sir Rupert Smith, Edson Spencer, Prof Norman Stone, Harris Wofford

Patron, Trustees, and Advisers

Founder: Sir David Wills

Chairman: Lord Patten Chancellor of Oxford University, former European Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong

Patron: Sir John Major: former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


Dr Clemens Börsig: Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank.

Lakhdar Brahimi: former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, former Foreign Minister of Algeria.

Baroness Brenda Dean: former General-Secretary of the print union SOGAT.

Sir Matthew Farrer: former Senior Partner, Farrer & Co., solicitors.

Dudley Fishburn: Chairman, HFC Bank.

Sir Michael Palliser: former Permanent Head of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lord Giles Radice: Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom.

Baron Hermann von Richthofen: former Ambassador of Germany to NATO and to the United Kingdom

Lord George Robertson: Chairman of Cable & Wireless International and former Secretary-General of NATO

Dr Friedrich-Peter Schmitz: former Member of Board, Commerz Bank

Anthony Smith: former President of Magdalen College, Oxford

Baroness Elizabeth Smith of Gilmorehill: Trustee, The John Smith Memorial Trust

Dr Catherine Wills: Trustee, Ditchley Foundation

Other Advisers and Supporters include:

Sebastian Cody: Founder, OpenMedia.

Professor Christopher Coker: Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.

Dr Joe Duffey: Senior Vice-President, Laureate Education; former Chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ziad Bahaa-Eldin: Lawyer, Bahaa-Eldin Law Office, Cairo.

Lord Gilbert: former United Kingdom Minister of State for Defence.

Duncan Lewis: Senior Adviser, Carlyle Group.

Theresa Lloyd: Theresa Lloyd Associates, fundraising strategists.

Andrew Marshall: Kroll Associates.

Lord Moore: former Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen.

Edward Mortimer: Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Seminar, former Adviser to the United-Nations Secretary-General.

Jane Nelson: Director of Business Strategy, International Business Leaders Forum.

Ambassador Yoshio Okawara: former Ambassador of Japan.

Carla Potok: Lawyer, Quastels Solicitors, Paris and London.

Marie-Louise Rossi: Former Chief Executive, International Underwriting Association, London.

Susan Steele: Director, Human Resources, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Russell Willis-Taylor: President and CEO, US National Arts Strategies; former Managing Director, English National Opera.

John Lotherington, Director The Associate Network of the Council for a Community of Democracies which is advised by Frank C. Carlucci Deputy Director of the CIA (1978-81), Hodding Carter III, William E. Brock III, chairman emeritus of the National Endowment for Democracy, the late Walter Raymond Jr., Former President (1929-2003) who established the National Endowment for Democracy, from 1987-1992 he was Assistant Director of the United States Information Agency, and many other which puts the organisation well within the confines of US public diplomacy if not an outright psychological operation. [1]

21st Century Trust 25 Museum Street London WC1A 1JT


The conferences cost £2,750 and are sponsored by The Dulverton Trust, the Ford Foundation HDH Wills, the British Council, Global One, Glaxo-Smithkline, the Wellcome Trust, Deutsche Bank, Sasakawa Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, Haniel Stifung, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Philip Fleming Charitable Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Asquith & Granovski, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Goethe Foundation.[2]

Events & Views

The 2008 Fellowship Programme includes Fellowship Events including:

  • Democracy and Sustainability, The Science Museum, London, 18 March (with the Environment Foundation and the Science Museum's Dana Centre; postponed from October 2007) For the web debate surrounding this event visit: http://democracy.sustainability.com.

SustainAbility include John Elkington its Founder & Chief Entrepreneur: BusinessWeek described Elkington in 2004 as "a dean of the corporate-responsibility movement for three decades." He is a World Economic Forum Faculty member, 2002-ongoing (moderating sessions in Davos, New York, Palo Alto and Dalian, China),


The 1997 Fellowship Meetings 'Democracy and Foreign Policy An Uneasy Relationship' involved Thomas L. Hughes: President, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, John Barker United States Department of State, Melvin Goodman Former member of Central Intelligence Agency, now at National War College and Sir Michael Weir (Director, 21st Century Trust).

The 1998 Conference Programme included 'Corruption and Its Victims - Business, Government, Society The Search for Higher Standards' featuring George Moody-Stuart (Chairman of Transparency International (UK) and (his brother) Mark Moody-Stuart (Chairman and Chief Executive, Shell International), Jeremy Pope Director of Planning, Transparency International UK — this was organised in collaboration with Transparency International.

Members of Demos seem to feature quite regularly including Ian Hargreaves. Robert Cooper (author of The Post-Modern State and the World Order), Dr Christopher Coker (something of a regular) and Geoff Mulgan made up most of 'The Future of the Nation State' (1999) at Klingenthal Castle, near Strasbourg.

Frank Furedi, Esther Dyson have also been speakers at the events.

The 21st Century Trust, has also recently worked in collaboration with:

  • The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association [4]