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Leadership in international organisations

Innovation in International Affairs Series

Good leadership of international organisations is key to their success, but leadership varies enormously across global agencies. This panel examined straightforward ways of ensuring better leadership at the executive head level. It drew on a recent report published by the WEF Global Agenda Council on international institutions, and researched by investigators at the Blavantik School of Government and the Hertie School. The report highlights best practices across 11 organisations, from the World Bank to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Health Organisation. It emphasises that international institutions could learn from each other’s practices in a number of areas.


Helmut K. Anheier (Dean and President, Hertie School)


Ngaire Woods (Dean and Professor of Global Economic Governance, Blavatnik School of Government)
Nina Hall (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Global Governance, Hertie School)


Javier Solana (former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; former Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union; former Secretary-General of NATO; Senior Fellow, Hertie School; President, ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics)


Thomas Bagger (Head of Policy Planning, German Federal Foreign Office)


Johanna Mair (Professor for Organisation, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School)