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Sean Cleary

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Sean Cleary

Sean Cleary is chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd., founder and executive vice chair of the FutureWorld Foundation.

He served in the South African Navy on the staff of the Commander Maritime Defence before beginning a diplomatic career in the Middle East, the United States and Namibia. As chief director in Namibia in the mid-1980s, he initiated negotiations between all political parties, the release of political prisoners and the adoption of a Bill of Rights, paving the way for independence.

He is a faculty member of the Parmenides Foundation, a member of the Advisory Councils of EIT Climate-KIC, and the World-Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, a Senior Adviser and Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar; Special Advisor to the Global Solutions Initiative, Executive Consultant to the World Government Summit, Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Geopolitics. Co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of “Resilience to Risk” (Human and Rousseau, 2006), and “Global Risks” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

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