IKAR GLOBAL INSTITUTE

# 1 Million Future Leaders

We are here to make the World Better

The IKAR Global Institute is a business think-tank that promotes the betterment of the human condition through enterprise, innovation and most importantly the training of our next generation of Global Leaders. Its primary objective is to build a vibrant community, provide thought leadership, and promote new opportunities for the thinkers, doers, makers, and innovators building the economies and societies of the future.

At the IKAR Institute, our theory of change differs from most institutes. We believe that peace derives prosperity-trade relations, open markets, smaller governments, and norm-governed societies reduce the propensity for aggression. Positive change is best achieved by the creation of value through enterprise and innovation. Policy does play a role in this process by enforcing rules, marshalling resources, and removing obstacles, but it is not the primary actor and we do not engage with it as such. Our Vision is that true global change will occur through human leadership that represents all sectors of our society and represents all continents.

The Institute is headquartered in Vienna, with offices in Athens, Dubai, Istanbul, Monte Carlo, Paris and San Francisco.

Executive Board

MARIO DIEL

Founder, IKAR Global Institute

Driven to lead IKAR into the new future of entrepreneurship.

MICHAEL SPINDELEGGER

Chairman, IKAR Global Institute

Former Vice Chancellor of Austria, Former Finance and Foreign Minister of Austria.

MEHMET SIMSEK

Vice Chairman, IKAR Global Institute

Former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance & Economics. Represented Turkey at the G20, IMF, WB, OECD and IsDB. Member of Advisory Council at Tent Partnership for Refugees, NY.”

KURT VOLKER

Vice Chairman ,IKAR Global Institute

Global geopolitical leader. Former US Ambassador to NATO. Founding Director of the McCainInstitute.Distinguished Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Leadership Counsel

PHYLLIS NEWHOUSE

Chairwoman, Leadership Counsel

Co-founder and leader of the world’s first women led influencer fund, creating new business opportunities for women globally. First Black Female CEO with a SPAC listed on the NYSE. First woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology sector.

THOMAS D. WALDHAUSER

Deputy Chairman, Leadership Counsel

4-Star USMC General (ret).Former Combatant Commander for United States Africa Command, responsible for all United States military engagements and operations across the African continent.

SCOTT OMELIANUK

Deputy Chairman,Leadership Counsel

Global Business Media Leader Chief Editor of Inc. magazine, US.

HRH PRINCE MICHEL OF YUGOSLAVIA

Leadership Counsel

Global Investor, Socialite, Artist and Philanthropist. Grandson of the last King of Italy and of the last Regent of Yugoslavia and the oldest son of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria Pia of Savoy.

SEANNE N. MURRAY

Leadership Counsel

Former Lawyer, Wall Street Executive. Now entrepreneur, movie producer, writer, and impact investor. Heir of Motown Records Founder.

JOHN MEHAS

Leadership Counsel

Former CEO of Victoria’s Secret, President of Tory Burch, & CEO of Club Monaco

HE ADNAN AL NOORANI

Global Ambassador, IKAR Global Institute UAE

Chairman of the Board of The Private Office of Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi and Group of Companies.

JIMMY MISTRY

Global Ambassador IKAR Global Institute, India 

Social Entrepreneur, Hotelier Philanthropist and Community Builder. Jimmy is the Founder of Della Leaders Club.

NICOLAS KANELLOPOULOS

Global Ambassador, IKAR Global Institute, Greece

Managing Partner of the Law Firm Kanellopoulos – Zerva and Associates” (NKLAW FIRM). President of the “Institute for Justice and Growth”. Former Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice in Greece. Former President of the Greek National Tourism Organization

SCOTT KELLY

Leadership Counsel

Retired astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, former military fighter pilot and engineer. Commanded the International Space Station on 3 expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. Set record for the total number of days in space, the longest by an American astronaut.

SUAT SAGIROUGLU

Leadership Counsel

General Manager of TSI Aviation, a Joint Venture between Turkish Airline and Kibar Holding.

TERRY V. WILLIAMS

Leadership Counsel

Brigadier General USMC (ret).As a U.S. Marine Corps led multifunctional highly complex organizations, developing significant advanced & executive level expertise in logistics, city management, construction planning and management, strategic communication, enterprise recruiting, resource management, strategic planning and innovation. Senior Vice President for Global Fixed Assets and Corporate Security at PenFed Credit Union. 

SINA AFRA

Leadership Counsel

Selected by Wired Magazine as “One of the Top 100 Most Influential Tech People in the World.” Founder of Markafoni, the first online fashion site of Turkey. Seasoned and aggressive technology investor with insight into innovation and next trends, having engineered a huge personal portfolio of global tech investments.

JAY SCHWEID

Leadership Counsel

Founder, “ephelants” – boutique entertainment company focused on film, commercial, and event production.

JAMES OWEN ROBERTS

Leadership Counsel

2 x Paralympian, Beijing and London. Entrepreneur, TEDx speaker. A highly skilled sports professional, motivational speaker and a highly reputed coach where he specializes in coaching disabled athletes.

STEVE WILLIAMS

Leadership Counsel

As global leader of defense and aerospace industry, built some of the largest defense and aerospace programs in the world. Former European President of Lockheed Martin.

BERT CARSON

Leadership Counsel

Finance and insurance Specialist. During his career Bert worked with Federal, State and local governments and police departments and was actively involved in getting federal aid to the countries of West Africa 

ALYSSA CARSON

Leadership Counsel

“Young Leader and Space Ambassador ”

Alyssa was recognized by NASA as the first to visit all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the United States and sat on the NASA Mer 10 panel at age 12 discussing future missions to Mars in the 2030s. 

BILL PRUITT

Leadership Counsel

5 x Emmy Winner, Film and television producer. Bill has produced television for channels such as CBS, NBC, MTV, NAT GEO, Amazon, Animal Planet, HBO, History and Discovery and was nominated four times by the producers Guild of America as Outstanding Non-Fiction Producer.

ANTON PIËCH

Leadership Counsel

EV mobility visionary and tech entrepreneur. Great Grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and son of legendary Volkswagen AG Chairman, Ferdinand Piëch. Embodies powerful legacy from the past with modern insights and vision