Advisory Council

INP’s International Advisory Council is comprised of distinguished scholars and political, business, and media leaders from all over the world.

This prominent network of advisors supports the mission of INP to build theory and practical ideas to help tackle the world’s most challenging conflicts. Senior Advisors play any of a number of roles, including offering advice to INP, providing observations about regional or global conflict trends that may benefit from INP’s rigorous analysis, recommending real-world contexts where INP might field-test ideas, assisting with development efforts, and offering suggestions on potential speakers for the INP Speaker Series.

Members of the International Advisory Council include:

Bertie Ahern is a former Irish politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 1997 to 2008. He has the unique distinction in modern Irish politics of being the first person in over sixty years to have been elected to that office on three successive occasions. A defining moment in Irish history was the successful negotiation by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair of the Good Friday Agreement between the British and Irish Governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland.

alghanimOmar K. Alghanim serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Alghanim Industries and the Chairman of Gulf Bank. He is also a founding shareholder of Perella Weinberg Partners. Omar serves as the Chairman of INJAZ (Junior Achievement)  Kuwait and as a founder and member of the Regional Board of INJAZ Al Arab. He is a Member of the MENA and Central Asia Advisory Board (MCAB) for Harvard Business School (HBS). He also serves as MENA Advisory Council Member for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New York University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon Parme is Special Envoy for Natural Resources at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his career in the ministry, he was responsible for peacekeeping operations in Africa, and set up the Netherlands’ embassy in Baghdad. Jaime is a member of the advisory boards of Triodos Private Banking and Conservation Company. He holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Brown University.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, and the author of more than a dozen novels. In 1988, Coelho published The Alchemist, which has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 41 languages. Coelho is not only an internationally acclaimed author, but also an outspoken activist for peace and social justice. He is a Messenger of Peace for the UN, an Ambassador to the European Union for Intercultural Dialogue, and a Board Member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Julien Hawari is the Chief Executive Officer of Mediaquest Corp. and Editor-in-Chief of  Trends, an international magazine on Arab affairs. Hawari holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.


Yasar Jarrar is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East. Prior to joining PwC, Yasar worked as the Executive Dean of the Dubai School of Government and as a Fellow at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. Yasar also served as the Strategy Advisor at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai. He is the author of numerous reports and papers on strategy and performance management.
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., is Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). His tenure at NIMH has been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illnesses. Prior to his appointment as NIMH Director in the Fall 2002, Dr. Insel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, where he founded the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Insel graduated from the combined B.A.-M.D. program at Boston University in 1974.
Jeanne Robertson is former Chairman of the McLean National Council, a group of dedicated individuals who act as global mental health ambassadors in their individual communities around the world. She also has served as the Director of the UCSF Foundation.


Malvinder Singh is Group Chairman of Fortis Healthcare. Currently, he is spearheading the creation of the first integrated pan Asian healthcare delivery model. Prior to this, he served as CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories. Singh has been a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the board of the Indian Council for Research on Economic Relations. He was awarded Indian Entrepreur of the Year 2011 by Horasis, a Zurich-based think tank.

International Academic Advisors

Jiro Tamura