Global Leadership Council

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Mercy Corps' Global Leadership Council focuses on how to optimize our global strategy and positioning. They advise on new partnerships and emerging global networks that will help expand our scale and impact in a rapidly changing world.

Linda Mason, GLC Chair
Linda Mason is Chair and Founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education. Bright Horizons operates more than 850 high quality child development centers for employers in 45 states, Europe and India. She is the former co-director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan. Ms. Mason currently serves as Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Read Linda's full bio ▸

Carolina Barco
Carolina Barco is a former Colombian Foreign Minister (2002-2006) and Ambassador to the United States (2006-2010) and is currently an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank on sustainable urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a Master’s in City Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MBA at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain.

Mohamed A. El-Erian
Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz. He chairs President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council, is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. Dr. El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has a master’s and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University.

Fadi Ghandour
Fadi Ghandour is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex. He is currently Executive Chairman of Wamda Ventures, a new Venture Capital fund focusing on technology investments in the Arab World, and Managing Partner of MENA Venture Investments. He is Member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, Member of the Board of Endeavor Global, Member of the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab and Member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is also Founding Investor in Maktoob.com sold to Yahoo in 2009. He is the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, and Chairman of Ruwwad Micro-Venture Fund, an equity-based fund providing seed capital and support for microbusinesses and micro-entrepreneurs.

Mo Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Dr. Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa. In 2008, Dr. Ibrahim was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Ibrahim was made Commander of the Order of the Lion (Senegal) by President Macky Sall (February 2014) and Commandeur of the Wissam Arch by H.M. King Mohammed V1 of Morocco (July 2014).

Indra K. Nooyi
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi is also the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s goal to deliver sustained financial performance by providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize the company’s impact on the environment, lowering costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for PepsiCo employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities in which the company operates. She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Senior Adviser at Lazard and Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She was previously the Minister of Finance in Nigeria and Coordinating Minister for the Economy (2011 to 2015). Prior to this, she was Managing Director of the World Bank (2007 to 2011). Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also held the positions of Finance Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of these positions. As Finance Minister she was lauded for ridding Nigeria of $30 billion dollars of external debt with the Paris Club. In 2015, she was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. In 2014, TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes has named her one of the 100 most powerful women in the world for 5 years consecutively since 2011 and one of the three most powerful women in Africa. She is also the author of several books and articles including Reforming the UnReformable: Lessons from Nigeria, published by the MIT Press. She was educated at Harvard University and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

George Papandreou
George Papandreou has served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections. He was named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 for “making the best of Greece’s worst year.” After completing his university studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts and graduate studies at the LSE, Papandreou won an MP seat for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party in 1981. He has served in the Greek parliament ever since. As Foreign Minister from 1999-2004, he was widely praised for his diplomatic bridge building. He successfully negotiated better relations with former rival Turkey. In 2004, Papandreou was elected leader of PASOK in the country's first open primary — a move highly symbolic of his commitment to participatory governance — and held that position until March 2012. He is also the president of Socialist International, an international association of 168 social democratic, socialist and labor parties.

Robert B. Zoellick
Robert B. Zoellick is the Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors. He serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. Zoellick is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the boards of the Congressionally-created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.