Independent Diplomat is guided by an advisory council of experienced former and serving diplomats, international lawyers and leaders of human rights organisations:

A. Whitney Ellsworth, In Memoriam 1936-2011

Publishing consultant; former publisher of The New York Review of Books; former member and vice-chairman of Amnesty International USA; former member and vice-chairman of AI International Executive Committee; board member and secretary of Human Rights First and board member The Andrei Sakharov Foundation (USA). 

Hiruy Amanuel

Former Regional Director for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; former Head of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Capacity Building Program against Terrorism; former Ethiopian Ambassador to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic; former Head of the Ethiopian Embassy in Paris and Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

Gareth Evans

President Emeritus of International Crisis Group; Chancellor of the Australian National University; Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne; Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All (Brookings, 2008) and former Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-96).

Søren Jessen-Petersen  

Professor at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and guest scholar at United States Institute of Peace; former Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1998-2001); former Director of UNHCR Liaison Office in United Nations Headquarters in New York (1994-1998); former Chairman of the European Union Stability Pact’s Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI); former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo and head of UNMIK (2004-2006).

Edward Mortimer

Senior Vice-President and Chief Programme Officer of the Salzburg Global Seminar; until end-2006 Director of Communications, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and former Foreign Affairs Editor, Financial Times.

Thomas R. Pickering

Vice Chairman of Hills & Company; former Senior Vice President, International Relations of Boeing Company; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan and the United Nations; former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Sir Kieran Prendergast

Former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Head of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the UN Secretary-General’s principal adviser on the prevention, containment and resolution of conflict; former British Ambassador to Turkey and former British High Commissioner to Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Marjatta Rasi

Former Finnish Ambassador to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan (1991-95); Director General of the Department of International Development Cooperation within the Finnish MFA (1995-1998); former Finnish Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (1998-2005); former Member of the Board of the International Peace Academy (2000-2002); Vice President of ECOSOC (2002-2003); And Chairman of ECOSOC (2004-2005); Under Secretary of State for Development Policy at the Finnish MFA (2005-2009); Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to UN organizations in Vienna until 2013.

Danilo Türk

Former Slovenian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Department of Political Affairs , President of Slovenia from December 2007 until December 2012.

Francesc Vendrell

Senior Visiting Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) and the Frederick H. Schultz Professor of International Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School; former EU Special Representative in Afghanistan; former UN Special Representative in Afghanistan and former Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Political Affairs, UN Secretariat.

Former Members

Former members of ID’s advisory council include Ian Martin former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in East Timor and former Secretary-General of Amnesty International; Alyson Bailes (In Memoriam 1949-2016), Visiting Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland; former head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and former British Ambassador to Finland.