“We are creating an enduring legacy as we shape the world together.”



The Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society is a global nonprofit organization created to bridge critical gaps by facilitating collaboration between public and private sector leaders. As a nonpartisan translator and global voice, we stimulate cooperation and meaningful action, leading to tangible results.

We bring together proven leaders from corporate foundations, government Institution, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, businesses, academia and other entities relevant to our goals and mission. Our Board of Governors and Advisory Council are made up of former heads of state, chief executive officers of major corporations, distinguished academics, award-winning journalists and other accomplished leaders who help define today’s global environment. The Council also includes young people who hold promise as tomorrow’s trailblazers.

We are fiercely independent and determined to address vital, often overlooked issues. Our decisions and actions are informed by decades of experience. We are not confined by a legacy to uphold. Rather, we are focused on the one we are creating today by shaping the world together.

Board of Governors

Founder and CEO, Washington Institute

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Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Chair, District of Columbia Commission on Nightlife and Culture

Former CEO, First Boston Corporation (Credit Suisse)

Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute

CEO, and Founder, Granahan McCourt Capital LLC

Author, “Total Rethink” 

Former Director, UNICEF

Former Secretary of Agriculture, USDA

Former Deputy Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency


Former Mayor of the District of Columbia (1999 to 2007)

Council of Advisors

Senior Advisor, Oxford Analytica

Batten Fellow, Darden Business School, University of Virginia

Former Vice President, Dow Corning Corporation  

Managing Director, Novel Investments Limited

CEO, Bai Xian Asia Institute

Group CEO of Consulus Global Network

Chief Brand & Innovation Marketing Officer at Visa

Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute


Former President of Mexico

Chief executive officer of Haggar Trading DMCC

Chinese entrepreneur and investor

CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Cofounder of the Internet

The Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap

Former President of Poland

Former President of Uruguay

Co-Founder and Vice President, Kiswe Mobile

Former CEO, First Boston Corporation (Credit Suisse)

Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute

CEO & Founding Partner, Ai.VEN

Founder of Global Social Enterprise Initiative, Georgetown University

Chair, Vero Communications

Founder and CEO, Real World Playbook

Principal, Deloitte LLP

CEO, Opus8, Inc.


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