Jane Wales

Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Jane Wales is the founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum; former CEO of the World Affairs Council; Vice President of the Aspen Institute; and host of the nationally syndicated National Public Radio interview show “World Affairs” (formerly It’s Your World).

Previously, Wales served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Director of the National Security Council for Science and Technology. She simultaneously served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where her office was responsible both for advancing sustainable economic development through science and technology cooperation and for developing policy for securing advanced weapons materials in the former Soviet Union. In the Carter Administration, Wales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

In the philanthropic sector, Wales chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and she directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. From 2007 to 2008, she served as acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and founded by Nelson Mandela. In 2008, Wales was Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Its international arm was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure.