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Seán M. Cleary

Chairman, Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd

Seán Cleary is chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd, executive vice chair of the FutureWorld Foundation, and a director of companies. He is on the faculty of the Parmenides Foundation, and lectures on global corporate strategy, conflict resolution, and development economics in South Africa, the U.S., and Europe; and on national security at the South African Defence Staff College. He chairs the Advisory Boards of the Global Economic Symposium, is a trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation, and serves as a strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum. He served in the South African Navy, before a diplomatic career in the Middle East, U.S., and Namibia, where he initiated negotiations between Namibia's political parties, the release of political prisoners, and the adoption of a Bill of Rights, en route to independence. He was a member of the Facilitating and Preparatory Committees of the South African Peace Accord and chairman of the Working Group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations, an executive committee member of the New Programme for Africa's Development Business Steering Group, and chair of the International Advisory Board of Operation Hope and a member of its Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Board of LEAD International, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Carbon War Room. He further served on national Advisory Committees in Namibia, and as senior advisor to the Arab Business Council. He is a recipient of academic and public service awards and has been published in international journals. He is the co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of two books on risk, Resilience to Risk and Global Risks, and has contributed chapters to several others, including Learning from Catastrophes. Seán graduated in social sciences and law and received an M.B.A. from Brunel University. Seán is a member of the Board of Directors of Salzburg Global Seminar.