Carolyn Hayman

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Since 2004, Carolyn Hayman has been chief executive of UK charity Peace Direct which ‘supports and promotes the work of people seeking to use non-violent methods to resolve conflict’. Hayman has previously worked in the UK civil service at DfID and the Cabinet Office.

Project Syndicate

Hayman is also part of Project Syndicate.[1] Somewhat reminiscent of Encounter and the CCF operation — funded by Soros’ Open Society Institute — this syndicates commentaries by a narrow range of ‘prominent figures’ to mainstream newspapers (the Guardian & Scotsman in the UK). They include Richard Haass President of The Council on Foreign Relations, Kofi Annan, former NATO Secretary General George Robertson, Zbigniew Brzezinski former US National Security Advisor, James D. Wolfensohn former President of the World Bank Group, George Soros, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf and so on.[1]

Project Syndicate is run by Anders Åslund (Director of the Russian and European Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Hans Bergström (formerly Editor-in-chief of "Dagens Nyheter," Sweden’s leading newspaper) and Christoph Bertram (formerly director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin). [2]


Hayman was also appointed by the UK FCO to the board of the Commonwealth Development Corporation from 1994 to 1999 with Pendarell Kent and Sir William Ryrie. Ryrie worked in the Colonial Office and then the Treasury, including four years on the Boards of the World Bank and the IMF. For two years he managed the British aid programme, as Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration. Then from 1984 to 1993 he was Head of the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group. also a member of the International Centre for Economic Growth.[3]

CDC provided assistance to commercial enterprises in some 54 developing countries around the world, and in the early 90s announced a programme for its own privatizations. Its sale was managed by Baroness Amos. Gone is the rhetoric of aid and development now: “CDC is one of the world’s leading equity investors in emerging markets.” [4]

Transformed from a statutory corporation by the “positive power of capital” in colonial investments.[5]

CDC owns a great deal of assets, such as copper mines in Zambia, a senior policy advisor at Oxfam, Tricia Feeny, has stated:

"A lot of (CDCs) African investments are in things like shopping malls stuffed with imported luxury goods, which cater to the wealthy elite or expatriate community. These have a neutral or even negative impact for the poor." [6]


After a career in DFID and the Cabinet Office and in Venture Capital, she joined the Foyer Federation as chiefexecutive in 1997. Over the next seven years she grew its turnover eightfold. She served as a Board member of the Commonwealth Development Corporation from 1994 to 1999 and in 2003 was awarded an OBE for services to young people.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Syndicate
  2. Columnists Project Syndicate
  3. Management International Centre for Economic Growth
  4. report & accounts 1999 CDC Group plc
  5. About Actis Capital
  6. at a Westminster Hall debate on CDC They Work For Us, Wednesday, 10 April 2002