Our Founder and Chairman
Moisés Naím is the founder and chairman of the Group of 50. He is currently a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist, and best-selling author of more than ten books, including The End of Power (2013). As the chief international columnist and “Global Observer” for El País and La Repubblica, the largest daily newspapers in Spain and Italy and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, Naím’s weekly columns and media commentary have a worldwide audience. They are also carried by all leading newspapers in Latin America. In 2011, Naím received the Ortega y Gasset Prize, the most prestigious award for journalism in the Spanish language. Since 2011, Naím is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím, a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas.
Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Naím was the editor in chief of Foreign Policy for fourteen years. Under his leadership, the magazine re-launched, won the National Magazine award for General Excellence three times, and became one of the world’s most influential publications in international affairs.
Naím was named one of the world’s leading thinkers in a 2013 survey conducted by the British magazine Prospect. In 2014 and 2015, Naím was ranked among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for his work on The End of Power.
Naím’s public service includes his tenure as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank. He was also a professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s main business school. He is the chairman of the board of the Group of Fifty (G50) and a member of the board of directors of the Open Society Foundations. Naím holds an MSc and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.