Anders Fogh Rasmussen Joins the Board of Yalta European Strategy (YES)

07 September 2017

Yalta European Strategy (YES) is pleased to announce that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Founder of Rasmussen Global, Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014), and Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009), has joined the YES Board.

Commenting on the appointment, YES founder and member of the Board Victor Pinchuk said: “Anders will bring invaluable know-how and experience and ideas He will be a great asset for YES’ mission to integrate Ukraine with Europe and the world.”

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “As a long-standing friend of Ukraine, it is a privilege to join the YES Board. YES has played an important role in raising international awareness of Ukraine, and supporting its reform programme. As a member of the YES Board I intend to continue my efforts to ensure Ukraine is stable, secure and free to set its own destiny.”

The YES Board is chaired by Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005), and consists of the following members: Victor Pinchuk, the founder of YES; Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2006-2014) and Prime Minister (1991-1994) of Sweden ; Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004) and  Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004); Stephane Fouks, Vice President of Havas and Executive Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference; Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (1999-2009), Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999) and distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the center of European and global politics for three decades as a leading Danish parliamentarian, Minister for Taxation (1987-1992), Minister for Economic Affairs (1990-1992), Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) and Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014). In 2014, Anders Fogh Rasmussen established Rasmussen Global, which provides geopolitical and strategic consulting services.

His tenure as Secretary General of NATO marked a fundamental transformation of the Alliance. He developed a new Strategic Concept, which sets the Alliance’s core priorities for the future. In the midst of the most serious economic crisis in recent time, he launched “Smart Defence” to help nations make more efficient use of their resources through more multinational cooperation. In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, he initiated a NATO “Readiness Action Plan”. 

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Sauli Niinistö
Sauli Niinistö
President of the Republic of Finland, 16th YES Annual Meeting, 2019
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