For its research, conferences and services, the GDI maintains an international network of renowned thought leaders and entrepreneurs.  


Nathan Gardels

Co-founder of and senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute, editor-in-chief of "The WorldPost" and author of, inter alia, "Intelligent Governance" and "The Changing Global Order".  

Susie Ellis

Susie Ellis is chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), and heads up the organization’s annual Global Wellness Summit and Global Wellness Tourism Congress. 

Chris Sanderson

Co-founder of trend consultancy The Future Laboratory. Chris is a SuperBoard member of The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust.


Alain Caparros
Alain Caparros

Former CEO of fashion retailer C&A. Until 2017 Caparros was the CEO of Rewe Group. Prior to leading Rewe, Caparros worked for Yves Rocher, was a general director of Aldi France, and a member of the board of the Swiss Bon Appétit Group.

Tyler Cowen

US-American economist. Tyler Cowen is an economics professor at George Mason University and serves as director of the Mercatus Center think tank. Cowen was ranked #72 among the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" in 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine. At the beginning of 2017 he released his latest book "The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream".

Moisés Naím

Distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the bestseller "The End of Power". Naím is former minister of trade and industry for Venezuela and executive director of the World Bank.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim not only invented the basic technologies of the WWW. Rather, he has worked tirelessly for a Web that is open to all people.

GD awardee 2015

Ernst Fehr

The Vorarlberger, who teaches at the University of Zurich, was honored for his groundbreaking research on the role of fairness in markets, organizations and individual decisions.

GD awardee 2013

Jimmy Wales

The founder of Wikipedia invented the free online encyclopedia to democratize access to knowledge.

GD awardee 2011