Global Board Member Since: July 2007
Executive Board Member
International Advisory Board Chair
Global Forums Advisory Board Member
Sean Cleary is chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd, managing director of the Centre for Advanced Governance, chairman of Atlantic Holdings (Pty) Ltd, vice chairman of Meridian Worldwide LLC, a member of the Advisory Board of Abraaj Capital Limited and a director of companies.
He served in the South African Navy on the staff of the Commander Maritime Defence before commencing a diplomatic career in the Middle East, USA 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 member of the faculty of the Parmenides Foundation and lectures on global corporate strategy at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology, Henley Management College, the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria, and the International Centre for Management Development. He also lectures on conflict resolution, the challenges of globalization and development economics at a number of US and European universities and institutes.
Mr. Cleary is a lecturer on the National Security Management Course at the South African Defence Staff College, a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs, a fellow of the World Economic Forum and strategic adviser to the chairman, a member of the WEF's African Task Force, a trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation, an EXCO member of the NEPAD (New Programme for Africa's Development) Business Steering Group and senior adviser to the Arab Business Council.
He was a member of the facilitating and preparatory committees of the South African Peace Accord and chairman of the working group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations, and served on national advisory committees in Namibia.
He is a recipient of academic and public service awards and has been published in South African, German, Portuguese and U.S. journals. Mr. Cleary studied social sciences and law at the University of South Africa, the University of Cape Town and Pahlavi University in Iran, and holds an MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University in the United Kingdom.