Seán Cleary

Executive Vice Chair,
FutureWorld Foundation

Seán Cleary is chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd, executive vice chair of the FutureWorld Foundation and a director of Companies.

He served in the South African Navy before a diplomatic career in the Middle East, US and Namibia, where he initiated negotiations between Namibia’s political parties, the release of political prisoners and adoption of a Bill of Rights, en route to independence.

He is on the Faculty of the Parmenides Foundation, and lectures on global corporate strategy, conflict resolution and development economics in South Africa, the US and Europe. He also lectures on national security at the South African Defence Staff College. He chairs the Advisory Boards of the Global Economic Symposium and Operation Hope; is a board member of Rocky Mountain Institute, a trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation and a strategic adviser to the World Economic Forum.

He studied social sciences and law and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.