Global Future is an independent think tank campaigning for Britain to be a vibrant and open nation that reaches out to the world.
We believe the dynamism of our economy and creativity of our culture depends on our country remaining open to people, trade and ideas from across the globe. That improvements in people’s lives will come from harnessing the great potential of global partnerships and that the current drift towards nativism and narrow nationalism represents a huge threat to the very people it professes to serve.
We seek to educate and help people appreciate the benefits of international openness. We also want to understand the genuine issues that stand in the way of realising these benefits and to develop solutions that help smooth the path to our collective global future. We explore new ways for people to take more control over what matters most in their lives without cutting themselves off from opportunities to succeed in our global world.
“We work across politics, the arts and in business to make sure Britain’s unique character as a country of tolerance and diversity is not undermined by short-term thinking that would make us a narrower and lesser nation. We are also committed to helping our businesses develop the leadership and culture to help them succeed on the world stage. In addition, we are active in ensuring that Britain’s artists and creative industries benefit from open cultural exchange and the free flow of global talent.”
Global Future is supported by our strategic Advisory Board:
Evelyn Bourke, Group CEO, Bupa
Mike Coupe, CEO, J Sainsbury plc
Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College, London
Akram Khan, Internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer
Lord Spencer Livermore of Rotherhithe, Labour Peer
Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director, National Youth Theatre
Lord Andrew Cooper of Windrush, Conservative Peer
Professor Miles Hewstone, Director, Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict
Laura Sandys, former Chair of European Movement UK and Conservative Party Member of Parliament.
Gurnek Bains was born into a Sikh family from the Punjab and arrived in Britain at the age of 7 to grow up in London’s East End where his parents worked on the railways or in local factories. The support he received from them, his teachers and fellow pupils gave him the confidence to flourish and he, along with all five of his brothers and sisters, went on to obtain degrees and post graduate qualifications. He was eventually awarded a doctorate in psychology from Oxford University.
In 1990 he co-founded YSC, a global leadership consultancy, that he led for 25 years as CEO and Chairman to a position where it now has 20 international offices and a client base comprising over half of the FTSE100. He is a trusted adviser to some of the most prominent business leaders in the world, the author of two books - Cultural DNA and Meaning Inc - as well as chairman of the internationally-acclaimed contemporary dance company, Akram Khan. He lives in London with his Australian-born wife, Kylie, and his two Arsenal-supporting children.
His background as an immigrant combined with his career as a psychologist and entrepreneur provided a source of strong personal motivation for founding Global Future as a think tank campaigning for Britain to remain outward-looking and open to the world. Gurnek Bains has experienced the UK as a young child arriving from India; he has benefitted from the dazzling opportunities it provided him; and he has helped propel some of its best businesses to new heights and into new markets abroad. He is now determined to do what he can to nurture Britain’s cultural vibrancy and economic vitality that plays such a big part in his own life - and that of our country too.
Kylie is a co-founder and director of Global Future, where her role centres around strategy, consulting and media relations. The inception of Global Future came from her personal belief that the world is sleep walking into a destructive, lose-lose mindset and that we need deeper and more substantial arguments to counter these trends.
She is a psychologist and worked with YSC, a global leadership consultancy for over 20 years, advising, assessing and coaching senior leaders in a range of multinational organisations. She was a key author of 'Meaning Inc: The blueprint for business success in the 21st century' and has also contributed to publications on the issues of trust, alignment and political behaviour in organisations. She also has a strong interest in the arts, with a background in dance and teaching classical ballet.