Sigrid Kaag

On 26 October 2017, Ms. Sigrid Kaag assumed her new position as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. In this context, Ms. Kaag had to step down as a GCSC Commissioner

Ms. Sigrid Kaag was appointed Under Secretary-General and the Special Coordinator for Lebanon by the UN Secretary-General in December 2014. Prior to that she served as Under Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations – Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (UN-OPCW) Joint Mission to eliminate the declared chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ms. Kaag has gathered a wealth of experience in the political, humanitarian and development affairs during her career in Middle East, Geneva and New York. Ms. Kaag served as Assistant Secretary-General with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for several years. In addition, Ms. Kaag obtained extensive experience on refugee and migration issues serving with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). Before joining the United Nations, she served with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Shell International.

Ms. Kaag was awarded with the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize in November 2016. She holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University, and a Master in Middle East studies from Exeter University. Ms. Kaag was awarded an honorary degree in Law by Exeter University in 2014. Ms. Kaag is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German, and proficient in Arabic and Spanish. She is married with four children.

Michael Chertoff

Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Michael Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen.

Mr. Chertoff is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman at the Chertoff Group, where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. “Risk management has become the CEO’s concern,” he says. “We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.”

Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

Marina Kaljurand

Former Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Marina Kaljurand was elected in March 2019 to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDE). In this context, she announced during the GCSC meeting in Kobe, Japan, that she has handed over the chairmanship of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. Her chairmanship will be continued by the two Co-Chairs Michael Chertoff and Latha Reddy.

Previously, Marina served as Estonian Foreign Minister from 2015 July – 2016 October. She has also been appointed as Ambassador of Estonia to several countries, including the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the State of Israel, Mexico, and Canada.

Ms. Kaljurand has been appointed twice to serve as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security.

She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and had since held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She has played an important role as expert and negotiator in the process of Russian troop withdrawal and in negotiations on land and maritime boundaries agreements between Estonia and the Russian Federation, as well as in the accession negotiations of Estonia to the European Union and to the OECD.

Marina Kaljurand graduated with cum laude from Tartu University (M.A. in Law), she also has a professional diploma from Estonian School of Diplomacy and an M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, she has undergone professional training at the Universities of Lapland, Pittsburgh and Durham and at the Civil Service College in London. She is a founding member of the Estonian branch of the International Law Association and of WIIS-EST (Estonian branch of Women in International Security). She has been awarded the Order of White Star, III class, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms, III class, by the President of Estonia. She is fluent in Estonian, English and Russian.

Latha Reddy

Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Latha Reddy is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. In addition to assisting National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, Ms. Reddy was responsible for cybersecurity and other critical internal and external security issues. She also served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Ms. Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975-2011. During her diplomatic career she served in Lisbon, Washington D.C., Kathmandu, Brasilia, Durban, Vienna and Bangkok. She served as Ambassador of India to Portugal (2004-2006) and to Thailand (2007-2009). She was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi (2010-2011) with overall charge of India’s bilateral and regional relations with Asia. She was then appointed as India’s Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2011-2013.

Ms. Reddy has extensive experience in foreign policy, and in bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations. In addition, she has expertise on security and strategic issues and has worked on strategic technology policies, particularly on cyber issues relating to cyber security policy, international cyber cooperation and Internet governance.

Ms. Reddy is involved with several organizations and think-tanks, both globally and in India. She is currently, among other positions, serving as a Distinguished Fellow in the EastWest Institute in the US, the Observer Research Foundation in India, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada.

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