After four successful rounds of the Global Governance Futures program (GGF), our alumni group has 100 members from China, Germany, India, Japan, and the United States. They come from the public sector, the private sector, academia and civil society organizations, and were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants by the GGF steering committee. Over the past four rounds, GGF fellows have focused on global governance challenges such as energy governance, transnational terrorism, climate change, cyber security, global health and pandemics, and nuclear governance.
The GGF alumni group regularly organizes events, social gatherings and discussion rounds at regional hubs such as Berlin, Tokyo and Washington, DC. In May 2015, the GGF program team organized the first GGF alumni reunion, bringing together over 40 former fellows in Washington, DC. In June 2017, we had our second alumni reunion in Berlin attended by GGF alumni and the GGF 2027 fellows. An alumni council is responsible for coordinating activities among the alumni and with the GGF program team. The current members are: Han Cheng (China), Iris Ferguson (USA), Krystle Kaul (USA), Mio Nozoe (Japan), Susanne Salz (Germany), and Parminder Sandhu (India).
On the final day of the Washington 2025 GGF session, we were thrilled to welcome back so many of our GGF alumni. It was a fantastic opportunity to rekindle old friendships, engage with the current fellows and strengthen the GGF network. Alumni from the previous two rounds – GGF 2020 and 2022 – flew in from across the globe to attend the event. The reunion kicked off with a brunch at Le Pain Quotidian which allowed fellows – past and present – to mingle and to get to know each other.
Later the group moved across the road to the Brookings Institute where we were welcomed by Bruce Jones, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and Clemens Spiess, from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The alumni took part in a number of activities designed to get them to reflect on their experiences of GGF. It was a delight to hear their personal insights and perspectives. They also had the chance to discuss all the reports developed by GGF 2025 and to make their own suggestions.
We encourage our alumni to look ahead to future GGF generations and to help shape the alumni network. A key aspect of GGF is building and maintaining relationships between the participants in the hope that further projects and ideas can flourish. During our reunion meetings, we arranged breakout sessions to embolden the alumni present to voice their thoughts on how best to advance the network.
All was not lost for those alumni who could not make it.
At the end of the day, the alumni came together one last time to participate in a discussion with Robert Kagan (Brookings Institution) on the role of geopolitics and the delusions of global governance.