He saw diplomatic service in Iran, the USA, and Namibia en route to its independence in 1990, where he facilitated negotiations between Namibia’s political parties, the release of political prisoners, and the adoption of a pre-independence Bill of Rights. In South Africa, he served on the Facilitating Committee and Preparatory Committee of the National Peace Accord, where he chaired the Working Group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations; and on the NEPAD Business Steering Group.
He has served on the Boards of numerous non-profit organisations, including the Peace and Reconstruction Foundation, LEAD International, Carbon War Room, Rocky Mountain Institute, Operation Hope, and the Salzburg Global Seminar; and an as Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, and its Arab Business Council.
He studied social sciences, philosophy and law at the University of Cape Town, University of South Africa, and Pahlavi University in Shiraz, and has an MBA from Henley Management College, Brunel University. He has lectured on global corporate strategy at business schools, and the strategic challenges of globalisation, and conflict resolution, at defence colleges, universities and institutes around the world.
Mr Cleary has received academic and public service awards, co-authored Resilience to Risk (Human & Rosseau 2006) and Global Risks (Palgrave Macmillan 2007) with Thierry Malleret, and published numerous journal articles and book chapters, including Cognitive Constraints and Behavioral Biases in Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response. (Wharton, Pearson 2009).