Board of Directors

The policy direction and substantive programmes of the North South Roundtable were guided by a Board of Directors whose composition at the time of dissolution of the organization was as follows: Khadija Haq (Chairperson), Richard Jolly (Director), Sadig Rasheed (Director), Nafis Sadik (Director).

The NSRT Secretariat was located in Islamabad, Pakistan. The address was:

North South Roundtable,
c/o Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre,
42 Ataturk Avenue, G-6/3,
Islamabad, Pakistan.


North South Roundtable raised its funds from national governments, international organizations and foundations on the basis of specific activities organized by NSRT. Activities were funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, Inter-American Development Bank, Swedish International Development Authority, and the Governments of Japan, the Netherlands and Norway.


Membership of the North South Roundtable was by invitation only, extended by the Board in accordance with criteria established for the purpose. In 1978, over 100 men and women, in equal numbers from developed and developing countries, accepted the original invitation from the NSRT founder, Barbara Ward (1914-1981) to become members of North South Roundtable. The membership grew to about 200 over the years. In the 1990s, the NSRT Board restructured the membership with a view to achieving a better regional and gender balance, and to making it more cost-effective and manageable. In 1997, NSRT had some 50 top professionals of the world as its core members. This core membership used to be supplemented by experts in various fields to engage in professional analysis and deliberations on specific issues. The list the core membership in 1997 of North South Roundtable is given below, only to give an idea of the kind of people that were associated with NSRT deliberations. Many members of this list have now passed away.

Members of North South Roundtable (affiliations relate to the position of the members in 1997)

From the South

Adebayo Adedeji - President, African Centre for Development & Strategic Studies, Ogun State, Nigeria
Peggy Antrobus - General Coordinator, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), St. Michael, Barbados
Nicholas Ardito Barletta - Director General, International Centre for Economic Growth, Panama
Oscar Arias - Chairman, Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Lourdes Arizpe - Assistant Director General for Culture, UNESCO, Paris, France
Sartaj Aziz - Finance Minister, Pakistan
Princess, Basma Bint Talal - President, The Queen Alia Social Welfare Fund, Amman, Jordan
S.]. Burki - Vice President, The Latin American and the Caribbean Region, The World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Mary Chinery - HESS - Dep. Dir. Gen., lLO, Geneva, Switzerland
Dharam Ghai - Director, UNRISD, Geneva, Switzerland
Mahbub ul Haq - President, Human Development Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan
Khadija Haq - Executive Vice-President Human Development Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan
Noeleen Heyzer - Director, ONIFEM, New York, U.S.A
Enrique Iglesias - President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, U.S.A.
Lal Jayawardena - Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe - Vice-President, Republic of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda Carlos Massad - Governor, Banco Central de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Solita Monsod - Prof. of Economics, University of Philppines, Manila, Philpplines Cecilia Lopez Montano - Minister of Environment, Colombia
Sadig Rasheed - Director, Programme Division, UNICEF, New York, U.S.A.
Nafis Sadik - Executive Director, UNFPA, New York, U.S.A.
Arjun Sengupta - Member, Planning Commission, Government of India
Juan Somavia - Ambassador of Chile to the UN, New York, U.S.A.
Ben Turok - Member of Parliament, National Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa

From the North

Nancy Birdsall - Executive Vice-President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Daniela Colombo - AIDOS, Roma, Italy.
Louis Emmerij - Special Advisor to the President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Jim Garrison - President, State of the World Forum, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Susan George - Trans National Institute, Lardi, France
G. K. Helleiner - Prof. of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada
Hazel Henderson - Center for Sustainable Development and Alternative World Futures Inc., San Augustine, U.S.A.
Eveline Herfkens - Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN, Geneva, Switzerland
Richard Jolly - Special Advisor to the Administrator, UNDP, New York, U.S.A.
Inge Kaul - Director, Office of the Development Studies, UNDP, New York, U.S.A.
John Langamore - Director for Social Policy & Development Division, UN, New York, U.S.A.
Stephen Lewis - Dep. Ex. Director for Programmes, UNICEF, New York, U.S.A. Geertije Lycklama A Nijeholt - Rector, Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands Sadako Ogata - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Geneva, Switzerland
Jan Pronk - Minister for Development Cooperation, The Hague, The Netherlands
Gustav Ranis - Professor of International Economics, Yale University, U.S.A.
Bengt Save-Soderbergh - Secretary General, International IDEA, Stockholm, Sweden
Roberto Savio - Secretary General, Society for International Development, SID, Rome, Italy
John Sewell - President, Overseas Development Council, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Frances Stewart - Director, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Paul Streeten - Professor Emeritus, Boston University, U.S.A.
Maurice Strong - Chairman, Earth Council, Costa Rica
Carl Tham - Minister of Education, Stockholm, Sweden
John. Williamson - Chief Economist, South Asian Region, World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.


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