Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations

About The Commission

A flagship policy initiative of the Oxford Martin School 

The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, launched in September 2012, aims to address the growing short term preoccupations of modern politics and identify ways to overcome today’s impasse in key economic, climate, trade, security, and other negotiations.

Chaired by Mr Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, the Commission brings together leaders from government, business and society to examine the current gridlock in international and national attempts to deal with key global problems.

Embedding the long term into today’s increasingly pressured decision structures will allow societies and businesses to harvest the extraordinary potential and mitigate the systemic risks and vulnerabilities associated with future developments. As pressures mount, there is an urgent need to focus on the legacy left for future generations.

This important initiative draws on a highly distinguished group of Commissioners  and the latest analysis of global best practice, as well as the wide-ranging expertise of more than 300 scholars associated with the Oxford Martin School.

The report of the Commission was published on 16 October 2013 

Commission members:

Chair: Pascal Lamy, former Director-General, World Trade Organization

  • Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile; former Executive Director,
    UN Women
  • Lionel Barber, Editor, The Financial Times
  • Professor Dr. h. c. Roland Berger, Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Board, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Luiz Felipe Lampreia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
  • Liu He, Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs, People’s Republic of China
  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Trevor Manuel, Minister and Chair of the National Planning Commission, South Africa
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India; former CEO, Infosys
  • Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), Chancellor, University of Oxford; Chairman, BBC Trust
  • Professor Peter Piot (Baron Piot), Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; former Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Professor Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow), former President of the Royal Society; Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
  • Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford), President, The British Academy; IG Patel Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
  • Jean-Claude Trichet, former President, European Central Bank
  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School; Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford (Deputy-Chair of the Commission)