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Known as the International Peace Academy until early 2008, the International Peace Institute was founded by a group of individuals from both within and outside of the United Nations who believed that a thoroughly independent institution, free from official constraints, could make a unique contribution to multilateral efforts to prevent and settle armed conflicts around the world.

The Board of Directors

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Honorary Chair
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Rita E. Hauser, Esquire
Chair of the IPI Board of Directors
President of the Hauser Foundation

Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen
International Peace Institute

Mr. Richard P. Brown, Jr.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Professor Michael W. Doyle
Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs,
Law & Political Science, Columbia University

Mr. Whitney MacMillan
Chairman Emeritus
Cargill, Inc.

Ms. Ann Phillips
Member of the Board of the World Policy Institute
Member of the Advisory Board of the Council on Global Initiatives of the New School

Mr. James P. Rubin
Visiting Scholar, The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford-UK
Assistant Secretary of State and Chief Spokesman, U.S. Department of State (1997-2000)

Mr. Kevin Rudd
Co Vice-Chair
Former Prime Minister & Labor Party leader, Australia

Mrs. Brigitte Wertheimer
President, Project Peace by Tourism

Mr. Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer
Chairman of the Board of Boston Properties
Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, US News & World Report

The Vienna Advisory Council

H.E. Mohammed A. Al- Salloum
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Austria

H.E. Bente Angell-Hansen
Ambassador of Norway to Austria

H.E. Gertraud Auer Borea d'Olmo
Secretary General
Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue

Dr. Erhard Busek
Former Vice Chancellor of Austria

H.E. Nils Gustav Daag
Ambassador of Sweden to Austria

H.E. Yuri Viktorovich Fedotov
Director General of UNOV in Vienna
Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

H.E. Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Former European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood

H.E. Thomas Greminger
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to United Nations (Vienna), CTBTO
Ambassador of Switzerland to the OSCE

H.E. Jean Marc Hoscheit
Ambassador to the UN in Geneva

H.E. Yerzhan Kh. Kazykhanov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom

H.S.H. Maria-Pia Kothbauer, Princess of Liechtenstein
Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Austria

H.E. Richard Kühnel
Head of Representation of the European Commission in Germany

H.E. Dr. Johannes Kyrle
Former Secretary General
Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

H.E. Katja Pehrman
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the OSCE

H.E. Liselotte Plesner
Ambassador of Denmark to Austria

H.E. Alexa L. Wesner
Ambassador of the United States of America to Austria

H.E. Hubert Wurth
Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Austria

H.E. Kandeh Yumkella
Chair of UN Energy
Sustainable Energy for all (SE4ALL)

The International Advisory Council

H.R.H. Prince Turki Al-Faisal
The King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies

H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein
High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates

H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani
Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, State of Qatar

H.E. Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
Former Secretary-General
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

H.E. Mr. Vitaly Churkin
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN

Mr. Koen Davidse
Director of Multilateral Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

Professor Ibrahim Gambari
Joint Special Representative

H.E. Mr. Claude Heller
Ambassador of Mexico to Japan
H. E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas
Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the UN

H.E. Mr. Thomas Mayr-Harting
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UN

The Honorable Olara A. Otunnu
Former Under-Secretary-General and Sepcial Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
President of LBL Foundation for Children

Mr. Geir O. Pedersen
Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN

Professor Ghassan Salamé
Dean, the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris
Joint Professor at Columbia University

Sir Brian E. Urquhart
Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs

H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser
Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the UN

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