CEPA’s International Leadership Council (ILC) is a high-level group of global thought leaders and decision-makers who share CEPA’s core mission of strengthening the transatlantic alliance and advise on CEPA’s strategic vision.


H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow; Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Lieutenant General (Ret.), United States Army; Former US National Security Advisor

Annegret Kramp-KarrenbauerFormer Minister of Defence, Federal Republic of Germany


John AllenStrategic Advisor, Microsoft; Four-Star General (Ret.), United States Marine Corps; Former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US Forces in Afghanistan; Former Special Presidential Envoy, Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State

Karan BhatiaUS Deputy Trade Representative (2005-2007); Global Head, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Stephen BiegunSenior Vice President of Global Policy, The Boeing Company; Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center, University of Michigan

Carl BildtPrime Minister, Kingdom of Sweden (1991-1994); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Sweden (2006-2014); Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, World Health Organization

Francis FukuyamaPolitical ScientistAuthor of “The End of History and the Last Man”Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Timothy Garton AshHistorianPolitical AuthorProfessor of European Studies, Oxford University

Toomas Hendrik IlvesPresident, Republic of Estonia (2006-2016); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia (1996-1998, 1999-2002); Member of the European Parliament (2004-2006)

Boris JohnsonFormer Prime Minister, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2019-2022)

Matthew Kaminski, Editor-at-Large, POLITICO

David Kramer,US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (2008-2009); Executive Director, The George W. Bush Institute

Ivan KrastevPolitical ScientistAuthorChair, Centre for Liberal Strategies

Linas LinkevičiusMinister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania (2012-2020); Minister of National Defence, Republic of Lithuania (1993-1996, 2000-2004)

Anja Manuel, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum; Co-Founder and Partner, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

Zhanna NemtsovaCo-Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Ine Eriksen SøreideMinister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway (2017-2021); Minister of National Defense, Kingdom of Norway (2013-2017); Member of Parliament, Kingdom of Norway

Stephen Twitty, Lieutenant General (Ret.), Deputy Commander, US European Command (2018-2020); Founder, Twitty and Associates LLC

Eckart von KlaedenMember of Parliament, Federal Republic of Germany (1994-2013); Vice President and Head of External Affairs, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

ILC members serve in a voluntary and advisory capacity and do not have a role in institutional governance, which is the purview of CEPA’s Board of Directors.