H&L Magazine: Sitting in the most amicable of dragon’s dens with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and bustling harbour from the 31st floor of his Fiore Group of Companies in Vancouver, CEO Frank Giustra is as down-to-earth as he is resolute. The 59-year-old billionaire philanthropist and businessman made his fortune transforming Yorkton Securities into a major force in the world of international mining finance for which he became president and later CEO; founded Lions Gate Entertainment in 1997, and is a major shareholder in Thunderbird Films. Giustra is passionate, pragmatic and opinionated.
Defusing strife through research and advocacy.
As a major supporter of the International Crisis Group — an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization - the Radcliffe Foundation is committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict around the world. Headquartered in Brussels, the ICG has offices in two dozen locations and field analysts covering scores of the most volatile and unstable countries. It uses expert field research, practical policy suggestions, and high-level advocacy to understand, prevent, and resolve deadly conflict.
Crisis Group’s credibility is built on ﬁeld-based research. Analysts in or near many of the world’s trouble spots ﬁnd out what is happening and why. They anticipate the possible outbreak, escalation, or recurrence of conflict. They learn which people matter and what or who inﬂuences them. They consider the actual and potential role for other countries and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union, and African Union.
ICG briefing papers and reports go to tens of thousands of targeted recipients (including government ministers, heads of international agencies, diplomats and officials in key roles, and journalists) as well as to more than 200,000 subscribers online. The ICG also receives top-level public exposure through mainstream media worldwide, a robust social-media program, and influential commentary.
In 2016, Radcliffe Foundation donated $1 million to the International Crisis Group to create the Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention. The Giustra Fellows will receive training and mentorship in Crisis Group’s rigorous methodology of research and analysis aimed at preventing and resolving deadly conflict. The first class of Fellows will work on some of the organization’s highest priorities: the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis; Russia’s shifting foreign policy interests; and the risks of a return to civil war and mass atrocities in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
Read more about the Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention
Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative: The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative met in Ottawa this week for a three-day launch event that brought together 90 participants, including sponsorship groups, international delegates, partners and government officials interested in Canada’s private sponsorship model for refugees.
Giustra Fellowship Program: A $1 million gift by Canadian philanthropist and Crisis Group Trustee Frank Giustra has enabled Crisis Group to grant two-year research fellowships to three young regional experts. The new Giustra Fellows will assist in our mission to prevent deadly conflict, with a focus on the plight of refugees and the displaced.