Chatham House

Queen Elizabeth II

John Major

Lord Ashdown

75 major corporations

263 more companies

Founded in 1920 Chatham House, until 2004 known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a private world leading British think tank based in London, whose members in study programs, working groups, roundtables, conferences and seminars on current issues and analyzes of political current affairs deal at international level. The expertise and solution recommendations created here can be spread by the international members worldwide targeted. Some key projects are funded and sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, NATO or the EU.

In addition to the corporate members, consisting of 75 large corporations, investment banks, energy companies and 263 other companies, the Chatham House currently has 2 770 international leaders from business, diplomacy, science, politics and media from 75 countries to its members and decreed in 2012 using generated from business, foundations and membership fees budget of 12 million euros.

The under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II private, non-governmental non-profit organization is the founder of the globally applied Chatham House Rule. As President act leading party representatives of the three governing parties in the British Parliament.

Published by Chatham House International Affairs and The World Today are among the leading trade journals of international politics.


The establishment of the Institute goes back to the initiative of British and American delegates led by Lionel Curtis, an Anglo-American Institute for Foreign Relations proposed by the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, which should deal with the study of international problems, with the intention of to avoid war in the future. Indeed, it was founded in July 1920, the British Institute of International Affairs, chaired by Robert Cecil and Lionel Curtis as honorary secretary, a year later, the American delegation to the Peace Conference opened its U.S. counterpart, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

1923 the Institute Chatham House on St James's Square No.10 was given by Colonel Reuben Wells Leonard in the London borough of City of Westminster, where it resided ever since. The Chatham House is the former home of the British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder, Edward Stanley and William Ewart Gladstone and is located in direct proximity to the headquarters of energy giant BP as well as to important ministries of the British government.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs was loud Kees van der Pijl an important institution in the development of a transnational class of Protestant, English-speaking whites.

Since September 2004, Chatham House is the official name of the Royal Institute of International Affairs [note 1] and was German Society for Foreign Policy, together with the Council on Foreign Relations, founded in 1955 modeled on the German think tank.


The Chatham House was conducted in 2012 in the prestigious Global Go-To Think Tank Index Rankings Pennsylvania State University behind the Brookings Institution as the second most important relevant of 6545 worldwide think tanks, and for the fourth time in a row as the most important think tank outside the United States.

Leading international politicians, state guests, financial officers, CEOs of large corporations, UN IMF and World Bank officials are regular discussions and lectures at Chatham House as a guest. High-profile guests in 2011 were in addition to the IMF director Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Jordanian King Abdullah II bin al - Hussein, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and the German Bundesbank President and Director of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Jens Weidmann.

President of the private think tank, the party leaders of the three coalition parties in the British Parliament, the former Prime Minister of the Conservative Party, John Major, the former UN representative and representatives of the Liberal Democrats, Lord Ashdown, and the British Attorney General Baroness Patricia Scotland from the shadow cabinet of the Labour Party.


The currently 2770 members pay an annual membership fee stateful 120-260 pounds. Corporations and companies have the option between a partnership, a Major Corporate Membership and a standard corporate partnership. The annual fee is £ 2,750 for the standard membership and £ 12,500 for a Major membership. The cost of a Partnership will not be published.

Corporate Partners of the Chatham House are, inter alia, founded by John D. Rockefeller, BP, ExxonMobil and Chevron, and Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil, the UK Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

Among the major corporate members include, among others to the world's three largest resource extraction corporations Rio Tinto Group, BHP Billiton and Anglo American, the state oil company of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Embassy, the investment banks Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Morgan Stanley, the major banks German Bank, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world 's largest insurance companies AIG, the arms companies BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, the world's largest law pulpit land Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters, the world's largest accounting firms, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest management consulting company Accenture, the world's largest news agency Thomson Reuters, the media giants BBC and Bloomberg, the largest tobacco company British American tobacco, the City of London, GlaxoSmithKline and Vodafone.

As a corporate member, in addition to 68 embassies from around the world include The following companies represented: the Italian central bank, Banca d' Italia, the world's largest chemical company, BASF, Boeing, CBS News, Citibank, the Wall Street law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, the world's largest diamond producer and dealer De Beers, the world's largest commodities trader Vitol, the world's largest Erdölexplorateur Schlumberger, the defense group EADS, Google, Kraft Foods, the UBS bank, the traditional investment bank Warburg Pincus and the World Bank.

Governing bodies of Chatham House


  • Robin Niblett; Board Member of the third- most influential according to a study from ETH Zurich company in the world economy, Fidelity Investments, Chairman of the World Economic Forum 's Global Agenda Council on Europe, director of the Europe program of the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • DeAnne Julius; 2003-2012 Chairman of the Chatham House, the former advisor to the World Bank, the IMF, in senior management positions at Shell, British Airways of the U.S. government and a board member of the Bank of England, BP and the British bank Lloyds Banking Group. Current member of the board at the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann -La Roche and the global real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle, as well as director of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance GmbH Munich

Council / Advisory Board ( selection)

  • Roderic Lyne; of 1970-2004 British diplomat, currently a senior consultant at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Greg Baxter; Global Head of Mobile Strategy at Citigroup, former CEO Booz & Company
  • Stuart Popham, Vice Chairman of EMEA Banking, Citigroup
  • Dr John Llewellyn, Llewellyn Consulting, former senior economic policy advisor at Lehman Brothers
  • Alastair Newton; responsible political analyst, investment bank Nomura International plc
  • Andrew Fraser; Senior Advisor of Mitsubishi Corporation, former CEO of investment company Invest UK
  • Giles Martin; U.S. correspondent for the business magazine The Economist
  • Xan Smiley; Editor for the Middle East and North Africa at The Economist
  • Caroline Wyatt BBC correspondent for Defence Policy

Senior Advisers / Principal Advisor (selection)

  • John Major, Chairman of Chatham House Senior Adviser, former British Prime Minister
  • John C. Whitehead, since 1956, a partner at Goldman Sachs, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, former Deputy. U.S. Secretary of State
  • Caio Koch-Weser; former Vice President and Managing Director of the World Bank and Financial Secretary of the German Federal Government, today he works as a consultant at Deutsche Bank, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and on the Board of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel
  • David Manning; former British Ambassador to the United States (2003-2007) and defense adviser to Tony Blair (2001-2003), author of " Manning Memo" to the British-American invasion of Iraq, since 2008 director of the arms company Lockheed Martin and consultant for the British intelligence consulting Hakluyt & Company
  • André Hoffmann; Deputy CEO of the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann -La Roche
  • Michael Rake; CEO of BT Group and easyjet
  • Andrés Rozental; former Mexican diplomat; Founding president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman of the second largest steel company in the world, ArcelorMittal Mexico, senior partner at the Brookings Institution

Chatham House Rule

1927, the Chatham House Rule was formulated stating that the participants free of seminars and discussion groups use made of the information they have received, but may not disclose the identity and affiliation of the speaker or that of another participant. Chatham House is in English speaking countries for the establishment of a directory named after the Institute secrecy rule known to the Chatham House rule and applies, for example at conferences and meetings of the leading U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations and at the annual Bilderberg conferences. In the official German translation it says:

" At events (or parts of events ) that fall under the Chatham House Rule, is the participants allowed the free use of the information obtained under the condition that neither the identity nor the affiliation of speakers or other participants may be disclosed. "