Club of Three

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The Club of Three was set up by George Weidenfeld, Prince Schwarzenberg and the Institute for Human Sciences based in Vienna.[1] It is an elite networking and policy-planning venture bringing together French, German and British elites. Its dedicated website has now been abolished and it runs as part of one of Weidenfeld's other ventures, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.



  • Peter Baldwin is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests focus on the comparative development of the modern state and the long historical roots of much seemingly modern policy. His latest book, Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (Berkeley and New York, 2005), for example, investigates contemporary epidemic disease policy as the outcome of long-established public health strategies dating back at least to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
  • Helena Kennedy
  • General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE: Charles Guthrie
  • Sir Ronald Grierson After a military career spanning twelve years (1940-1952) Sir Ronald Grierson became a banker and industrialist but continued his public service by holding at different times government and government-related posts.
During the war Sir Ronald held a commission in the Black Watch Regiment and was seconded to the Special Air Service (SAS) from which he was demobilised at the end of 1947. He subsequently commanded the first peace-time SAS unit as a Territorial officer from 1948 until 1952. During a short interval in his military service (1948) he was attached to the United Nations in Geneva as personal assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe.
From 1952 until 1996 Sir Ronald served both as Managing Director of S.G. Warburg, the merchant bank, and as Vice Chairman of the General Electric Company (ultimately chairman of GEC International) as well as on the boards of other US and European corporations.
His commercial career was punctuated on four occasions by government service: (1) as Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the U.K. Industrial Reorganisation Corporation (2) as Director-General of the European Commission in Brussels (3) as Executive Chairman of the South Bank Arts Centre in London (4) as adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He continues to be on boards and advisory boards in Europe and the USA and is chairman of several international philanthropic bodies in the fields of medicine, education and music, among them Action Against Hunger, The Voices Foundation, The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, etc.
He is Commander of the Légion d’honneur (France), of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy and of the Order of Merit (Germany) and holder of the Decoration of Honour (Austria).
From 1991 to 2000 and prior to establishing Cheyne Capital, Mr. Fiertz worked for Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for the development and implementation of customised portfolio strategies and for credit research in the convertible bond management practice, latterly as an Executive Director. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Fiertz was, in chronological order, an equity research analyst for the Value Line Investment Survey from 1984 to 1986, and a high yield credit analyst in Boston at Merrill Lynch from 1986 to 1988 and in New York at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1990.
Mr. Fiertz is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst who was educated at the International School of Geneva from 1976 to 1980 and from 1980 to 1984 at Dartmouth College where he was awarded a BA degree in Political Science and Economics.
  • Adair Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He is currently Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe, a director of United Business Media plc, Chair of the UK Low Pay Commission and Chair of the UK Pensions Commission. He is also a Visiting Professor at the London

School of Economics.

He studied History and Economics at Cambridge University from 1974 - 1978, and taught Economics there part-time from 1979 – 1982, in parallel with his business career. He worked for British Petroleum and Chase Manhattan Bank, before joining McKinsey & Company in 1982. He became a Partner in 1988 and a Director (senior partner) in 1994. From 1992 – 1995 he built McKinsey's practice in Eastern Europe, opening offices in Moscow, Warsaw and Prague. From 1995 to 1999 he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry.
Adair Turner is a trustee of the World-Wide Fund for Nature and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also from 2001 - 2002 a member of the Prime Ministers Panel of Independent Strategic Advisors focussing on health service issues. His recent book 'Just Capital – The Liberal Economy' is published by Macmillan. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the City University.


  • Sasha Havlicek - Executive Director, Club of Three. Sasha Havlicek was appointed Executive Director of the Trialogue Educational Trust and Club of Three at the beginning of 2006. She came to the organization from the European-American think-tank, the EastWest Institute (EWI), where she served since 1999 in Prague and then in Brussels as Senior Director of the Centre for Border Co-operation (CBC). There she initiated and developed the Institute’s prominent portfolio of cross-border co-operation, border management and conflict mitigation projects, setting up successful long term field operations across the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Her responsibilities included policy advocacy vis-à-vis the European Union and national governments and a wide range of publications and policy briefs linked to managing borders, multi-ethnic societies, and EU enlargement. Ms. Havlicek also served on the strategic group of one of the Stability Pact for SouthEastern Europe’s (SP) Task Forces. She continues to serve as Policy Advisor to the EastWest Institute.
A specialist in East European, Balkan and European Union Affairs, Sasha Havlicek worked previously as both an analyst and program manager in the fields of post-communist transition/democratization, local governance and conflict resolution at a number of international organizations including the European Commission in Brussels. Ms. Havlicek is a British national educated at undergraduate and Masters levels (BA and MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science; she also holds a graduate diploma in International Relations from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques, Paris.
  • Hella Pick - Ameurus Co-ordinator. Hella Pick is a graduate of the London School of Economics and was on the staff of the Guardian newspaper from 1961- 1997. She worked first as UN correspondent and afterwards became Washington correspondent, East-West affairs correspondent, Diplomatic Editor, and Associate Foreign Affairs Editor. She has been a frequent contributor to BBC news programs and has made regular appearances on German and Austrian TV. She has served two terms on the Council of the Royal Institute of International Relations and is the author of Simon Wiesenthal - A Life in Search of Justice and of Guilty Victim - Austria from the Holocaust to Haider published in 2000 - an updated English language version of Und welche Rolle spielt Oesterreich published in 1999. In 2000 she was awarded a CBE - Commander of the British Empire.
  • Michael Maclay - Senior Adviser, Club of Three. Michael Maclay is Executive Chairman of Montrose Associates, which provides strategic analysis and advice to corporate and government clients. He has been closely involved with the Club of Three since helping Lord Weidenfeld to set it up in 1995/6. He was eight years a career diplomat, serving in Lagos, the British Mission to the United Nations, and in the Foreign Office, and eight years in the media, where he worked as a television producer and reporter, and a newspaper journalist and editor. Returning to the Foreign Office, he was then Special Adviser to Douglas Hurd, dealing mainly with the politics of the European Union and the Balkans. After signature of the Dayton Agreement he joined Carl Bildt , High Representative for Bosnia, as his Special Adviser and Chief Spokesman.
Publications include Multi-Speed Europe (Chatham House , 1992), Maastricht Made Simple (The European 1993), and the Pocket History of the European Union (Sutton 1998). He is Chairman of the Citizenship Foundation, a British charity which encourages active and effective citizenship, especially among young people. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the British American Project.


  1. IWM Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen Newsletter Winter 2002/No.1, p. 1, accessed 30 March 2009