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Advisory Council

Namati and Open Society Justice Initiative coordinate the “Global Legal Empowerment Initiative.” The initiative is guided by an international advisory council that provides strategic guidance and plays an ambassadorial role. The Advisory Council consists of:  

SIR Fazle Abed

Abed is the founder and chairman of BRAC, one of the world’s largest development organizations. He is a  member of the United Nations Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a global initiative that  focused on the link between exclusion, poverty and law. He serves as Chairperson for the Advisory Council.


Madeleine Albright

Albright served as the Secretary of State for the United States of America from 1997 to 2001. She is currently a member of the High Level Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. She is also Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.


Helen Clark

Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to her appointment with  UNDP, Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Throughout her tenure, Clark has  consistently argued that legal empowerment of the poor is critical to achieving and sustaining the  Millennium Development Goals.


Mo Ibrahim

Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career. He is the founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation hosts the Ibrahim index, which ranks African countries according to governance quality, and issues the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.


Amartya Sen

Nobel-prize winning economist Sen is regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field of famine, poverty, social choice and welfare economics. His scholarship has notably observed that development is a measure of freedom, and that legal empowerment is an avenue by which the poor can increase freedom in the areas that most affect their capacity to progress.

George Soros

Soros is a prominent investor, philanthropist, and supporter of democratic ideals.  He founded the Open Society Foundations, which support democracy and human rights in over 70 countries. He is also the chairman of Soros Fnd Management LLC.  As one of history’s most successful financiers, his views on economic issues are widely followed.

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