Democracy That Delivers

Global Leadership for Haiti´s Reconstruction

Task Force


Lionel Jospin

Prime Minister of France (1997-2002). 

Prime Minister from 1997-2002, Lionel Jospin was a diplomat (1965-1970) and then professor in university (1970-1981). Leader of the Socialist Party (1981-1988 and 1995-1997). A National Assembly Deputy (1981-1993, 1997-2002), Member of the European Parliament (1984-1988), Minister of State, Minister of National Education (1988-1992) and Prime Minister (1997-2002).


Ricardo Lagos

President of Chile (2000-2006).

In 1980’s, Mr. Lagos became politically active and emerged as a leader of the opposition to Augusto Pinochet. He served as Minister of Education (1992-1993) and Minister of Public Works (1994-1998). He was President of Chile from 2000 until 2006. He currently presides the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo (Democracy and Development) and co-chairs the Inter-American Dialogue’s Board of Directors. He was the President of the Club of Madrid from 2006 till 2009. In 2007, he was named by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Special Envoy on Climate Change. He also teaches at the Watson Institute for the International Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island.


Chandrika Kumaratunga

President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005).

Chandrika Kumaratunga entered mainstream politics in 1993 when elected Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council. She was Prime Minister in 1994 after her party won the general elections. She won the October 1994 presidential elections on the basis of a campaign built on ending corruption, good governance, a negotiated end to the ethnic crisis and peace acceptable to all communities. Days before being elected to her second term in 1999, she escaped a LTTE assassination attempt, however lost the use of her right eye. When the LTTE resumed its armed conflict, Kumaratunga urged the government forces to exercise caution and to minimize civilian casualties at all times. She was the only political leader to offer a political solution to the conflict but could not be translated into legislative bills as the government did not have the required 2/3 majority in parliament. Her government also implemented a successful economic development programme, which took the benefits of development to all sections of the population: Education, Health, Ports, Airport, Highways, Water Supply. 


Jorge Fernando Quiroga

President of Bolivia (2001-2002).

Jorge Quiroga´s public sector experience includes: President of Bolivia 2001-2002, Vice-President and President of Congress 1997-2001, Minister of Finance 1992, Vice-minister of Public Investment and Cooperation 1990-92, and several international consulting assignments. In the private sector he has worked as a Systems Engineer with IBM in Texas (1981-88), Vice-President of Banco Mercantil in La Paz (1993-97), and others. He is currently the President of FUNDEMOS -a Bolivian public policy think tank-, he leads the congressional opposition in his country, participates in several international boards and organizations and publishes analyses on Latin American economic and political issues.


Cassam Uteem

President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002)

In 1976, Mr. Uteem was elected to Parliament and successively re-elected in 1982, 1983, 1987, and 1991. Cassam Uteem served as Minister of Employment, Social Security and National Solidarity (1982-1983) and Lord Major of Port Louis (1986). He held the title of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Industrial Technology (1990-1991). Mr. Uteem is very active in the field of international public policy. He is currently Board Member of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Member of the Haut Conseil de la Francophonie, and Founder-Member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF).


International Expert


Juan Gabriel Valdés

Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2000).

Former Head of MINUSTAH (2004-2006). 

Mr. Valdes served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000 under President Eduardo Ruiz-Tagle. Before beginning his political career, he worked as a researcher for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.  Between 1994 and 1996, Mr. Valdes directed Chile’s admission into the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Under Ricardo Lagos, he became Chile’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the Security Council during the deliberations before the invasion of Iraq. More recently (2004-2006), Mr. Valdes led the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).







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