H.E. Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. Read full biography.
Sir Mark is Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation. He is a Director of HSBC Holdings PLC, Accenture Ltd, and Saudi Aramco. He was Chairman of Anglo American plc, a global mining company from 2002 to2009. He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies from 1998 to 2001, having worked for Shell since 1966. In 2000 and 2001, he Co-Chaired the G-8 Task Force on Renewable Energy and also Chaired Business Action for Sustainable Development, a joint initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in the run up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, 2002. He was also on the board of the Global Reporting Initiative from 2002 to 2007. Sir Mark became a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St George in June 2000.
Mr. Arima joined Fuji Xerox in 1967. In 1992 he became the company's Director, and in 1996 its Managing Director. That same year Mr. Arima was appointed President and CEO of Xerox International Partners, based in California, United States. In 2002 he became President of Fuji Xerox. Mr. Arima has held his current position as Executive Advisor to the Board since 2007. He became the Chair of the Board of the Global Compact Network Japan in April 2008 when the network reorganized to become a CEO-lead organization. He is also actively promotes productive and environmentally-friendly work style as a Chairman of the Japan Telework Association. He graduated from International Christian University College of Liberal Arts in Japan.
Mr. Bock has been the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF SE since May 2011. Mr. Bock served as the Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation from August 2007 to 6 May 2011. Mr. Bock served as the Chief Financial Officer of BASF Corporation and BASF Wall Systems Inc., a subsidiary of BASF Construction Chemicals Inc. since January 2003. Mr. Bock serves as Member of Advisory Board of Röchling-Group. He has been Member of the European Advisory Board at Deutsche Bank AG since June 2004. He has been a Director of Förderkreis Wissenschaft und Praxis am ZEW e.V. since September 2005 and of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur das wirtschaftliche Prufungswesen (AGWP) since June 2006. Mr. Bock has been a Member of the Boards of BASFIN Corporation since 2002, Schmalenbachgesellschaft since January 2004, and Jacob Gould Schurman Stiftung since 2004. He serves as a Director of New York Philharmonic. Mr. Bock has been a Member of the Trustees of Arbeitskreis Evangelischer Unternehmer (“AEU“) since 2003. From 1977 to 1982, he studied Business Administration at the universities of Münster and Cologne as well as at Pennsylvania State University. After 3 years in research, Mr. Bock received his Doctorate in Economics from University of Bonn in 1985.
Ms. Nelson is Chairman and former CEO of Carlson, one of the largest privately held companies in the world which includes such brands as Radisson Blu, Radisson Hotels, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn and Park Plaza, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants. 170,000 people work under the Carlson brands in 150 countries. Ms. Nelson has been named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine selected her as one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." Ethisphere magazine named her one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics." Ms. Nelson co-chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2004 and has held a number of other high-level positions at the WEF and other industry councils. She has received prestigious awards from the governments of France, Sweden, Norway and Finland. She serves on the boards of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and is chair of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. She is a former board member of ExxonMobil. She served as chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan advisory council to the President and Congress and also as chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Ms. Nelson is the author of the bestseller “How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership.”
Mr. Chico successfully led in 2003 the privatization effort of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, which operates 9 airports in southeastern Mexico. He is the majority shareholder, and President of the Board of Directors; ASUR is a publicly traded company in the Mexican and New York stock exchanges with market capital of over 2 billion dollars. He has been a member of the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund for more than a decade, and board member of several Latin American companies including Grupo Financiero Inbursa, Grupo CARSO, Grupo Posadas, and Quantum Group of Funds. He co-founded and was the President of Grupo Financiero Inbursa, one of the leading financial institutions in Mexico. Additionally he presides over Promecap, a private equity investment firm dedicated to Mexican projects as well as the Board of Trustees for Universidad Iberoamericana, one of the nation’s top three higher education institutions. He actively participates as a benefactor, and mainly as a leader, in several non-profit organizations that embrace diverse aspects of Mexico, including press, childhood issues, social and environmental development. Mr. Chico received his MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.
Mr. Collymore is the current CEO of Safaricom Limited, effective 1 November 2010. Prior to joining Safaricom, Mr. Collymore was the Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs in Vodacom Group responsible for the Group’s Corporate Communication, Ethics and Compliance, Legal, External Relationships and Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to that, he was Vodafone’s Governance Director for Africa where he was responsible for developing and driving Vodafone’s strategy for its investments in Africa as well as representing Vodafone as a key direct foreign investor in a number of African countries. Mr. Collymore has more than 25 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector. He is also a trustee of Holding companies in Kenya and Tanzania for M-PESA, Vodafone’s pioneering money transfer service.
Ms. de Greiff was named as the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Energia de Bogota in February 2009. Previously, Ms. De Greiff was the District Secretary of Economic Development in the City of Bogota from 2008 to 2009. She was served as a high-level government official on several occasions and held senior management positions in the corporate sector. Her career began as Manager of Producciones Casabalanca in the early 1980s. She served as the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy from 1986 to 1988. Then, in 1989, Ms. De Greiff was appointed as the Minister of Justice. From 1991 to 1993, she was Vice President of Shell in Colombia, and from 1995 to 1998, she was the Colombian President’s Representative to the National Television Commission.
Mr. Di Piazza joined Citigroup Inc. as Vice Chairman, Institutional Clients Group in May 2011. Di Piazza retired as global chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited in 2009. He had served as CEO since 2002, leading an organization of almost 30,000 people and 2,200 partners. Di Piazza currently serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation. He is past chairman of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, on the USA Foundation board of the World Economic Forum, and on the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Board of Governors and the past global chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and a member of the executive committee of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Di Piazza is a member of the board of directors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, DirecTV, Inc. (DTV), and Apollo Group, Inc. He is also a member of the executive committee and the immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of The Conference Board. Di Piazza received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. He has been honored as Accountant of the Year by the Beta Alpha Psi Society and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the INROADS Leadership Award. Di Piazza is a widely quoted commentator on issues of corporate reporting, transparency, and sustainable development. In 2002, he co-authored Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting.
Since April 2011, Mr. Fu Chengyu has been appointed as the Chairman of Board of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group). From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Fu Chengyu was President and Secretary of Party Leadership Group of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). He is also a member of the 17th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Mr. Fu was born in Heilongjiang Province in 1951. He graduated from China’s Northeast Petroleum Institute majoring in geology, and later received a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in the United States. He had worked for Daqing, Liaohe and Huabei Oilfield before joining CNOOC in 1982. Mr. Fu was appointed as the executive director and Executive Vice President of CNOOC Limited in September 1999, and became a Vice President of CNOOC in October 2000. He was appointed as the President of CNOOC and the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of CNOOC Limited in October 2003. Mr. Fu was awarded “2005 CCTV China Economic Annual Figure”, “China Business Leaders Awards 2006”. He was also selected as one of the “Top Ten Leaders for Energy and Petrochemical Industry in China’s 30 Years' Reform and Opening-up”, “Corporate Leaders of 2008 for Social Responsibility”, and “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review.
Mr. Galaev is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance and also went through the MBA programme from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Andrei started his career as an engineer in the nuclear power sector. Since that time Andrei has held a number of senior engineering, banking and commercial positions in different Russian companies. In 2000–2007 worked as Trade Commissioner with the Canadian Consulate General in St. Petersburg. He joined Sakhalin Energy in August 2007. Under his management Sakhalin Energy has been delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first Russian LNG Plant to Asia-Pacific. This provides opportunities for Russia’s development into the leading energy exporter to the highly competitive energy markets of Asia-Pacific.
Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan (Kris), along with N.R. Narayana Murthy and five others, founded Infosys in 1981. Kris served as Director (Technical) and his initial responsibilities included the management of design, development, implementation, and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the U.S. Between 1987 and 1994, Kris served as the Vice President for Technical Operations of KSA/Infosys, a joint venture between Infosys and KSA located in Atlanta, U.S. In 1994, he returned to India and was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Infosys. Before becoming the CEO and Managing Director in July 2007, Kris served as Infosys’ Chief Operating Officer, President and Joint Managing Director, responsible for customer service, technology, investments, and acquisitions. He took over as the Executive Co-Chairman on August 21, 2011. Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, Kris was recently voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia. He was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers compiled by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, in association with the IE Business School, Madrid and the London Business School's Management Innovation Lab. In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor. He has also represented Infosys and the country in such international forums as: The Indo-US CEO Council; President’s Council of New York Academy of Sciences; and Member of UNESCO High-Level panel on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity. Kris is also the Chairman of The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD), a coalition of international business groups committed to sustainable development. Kris is the Vice President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council and on the Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Kerala. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. Kris holds master's degrees in Physics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Mr. Hägglund is a member of the Boards of Alfa Laval, MISTRA research foundation and the Board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. He is also chair of the Board of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI). Until his retirement in June 2005, he was deputy CEO of Stora Enso, an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company. Before that, he was CEO of STORA and president of STORA’s forest division. Between 1985 and 1991, Dr Hägglund was director-general of the Swedish National Board of Forestry. Prior to that, he was professor at Sweden’s Royal College of Forestry and the National Forest Survey at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Forestry. Mr. Hägglund is a graduate of the Royal College of Forestry in Stockholm (SE).
Mr Li Decheng, born in May 1945, holds a Bachelor’s degree. Mr Li has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the field of economic management. He started his career in 1969. Mr Li is a member of Communist Party of China as well as an engineer. From 1989 to 1992, he worked as chief and secretary to the Party Committee for Economic System Reform Committee of Jilin Province. From 1992 to 2008, he was a member of the Standing Committee, secretary to industry committee and general manager of Municipal Investment Management Company in Shenzhen, standing deputy city mayor of Shenzhen. deputy secretary of the Standing Committee, chairman as well as the secretary of Party Committee of the 3rd and the 4th Shenzhen CPPCC. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the China Enterprise Confederation, and the member of 10th and 11th National Committee of CPPCC.
Previous employers are the Central Bank of Swaziland, National Treasury and Sanlam. He holds a BA degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland, and an MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialisation in Money, Banking and International Economics from the Addis Ababa University. He has a long professional history, characterised by a deepness of understanding of the policy environment, grounded in sectoral and international matters. He has originated and ran several policy initiatives in South Africa. He has lectured, written and published widely. He has sat on many influential Boards in South Africa, in different capacities, such as the Board of the South African Savings Institute (SASI), the Board of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Board of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) and that of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA). He continues to influence thinking in South Africa, on policy, through his continued engagement as an opinion writer and commentator in the media.
Mr. Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group which he established in 2002. Under his leadership, The Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management and returning c. US$ 4.3 billion to investors. Employing over 300 people, the Group has 25 country offices spread across six regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi and Singapore. With over 25 years' experience of investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the Group's involvement in some of the most notable private equity transactions in growth markets over the last decade. Mr. Naqvi is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact, Chairman of the British Asian Trust Advisory Committee - Pakistan, and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the Board of the IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global, Pakistan Human Development Fund and the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Middle East Research Center. Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, he was named as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International. In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education. Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science..
Mr. Pes is General Manager/Brand and Corporate Responsibility Director of Caixa Bank and was previously Associate General Manager of Banc de Europa. Since 2010, he has been Vice Chairman of the European Council on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability of The Conference Board. He has also lectured within the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona. He has authored several books and articles on economics and business and society, and his latest book “Emprender con Responsabilidad” (To Undertake with Responsibility) was released in 2012. He received a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Barcelona and is a chartered accountant.
Mr. Polman earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands in 1977, and an MA in economics and MBA in finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK (2000) and the University of Cincinnati, US (2009). Mr. Polman began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979 and was group president Europe and officer of the Procter & Gamble Company until 2001. Prior to joining Unilever, Mr. Polman was chief financial officer of Nestlé S.A. from January 2006 as well as executive vice president for the Americas from February 2008. Mr. Polman serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board. He is a Vice Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Round Table, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum where he co-chairs the Board Strategy and the Sustainability Committees. He is a Trustee of both the Leverhulme Trust and Asia House, a former board member of Alcon and, since February 2010, a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company. Recognised by Investor Magazine as chief financial officer of the year 2007, Paul received the Carl Lidner award from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and was the WSJ/CNBC European Business Leader of the Year 2003.
Ms. Sabanci was educated in business administration at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. In 1978, she started her professional career at LasSA, a family-owned tire production company in Kocaeli Province. She was then appointed general manager of KordSA, a position she held for 14 years. Later, Güler Sabanci became a member of the board of directors at Sabanci Holding, heading the tires and reinforcement materials group, as well as having responsibility for human resources. In 2004, Sabanci was appointed chairperson of the holding. In 2006 Ms. Sabanci received the "Woman of Distinction Award" from the international relations group Daughters of Atatürk, an annual title bestowed on women who have "demonstrated vision, leadership, innovation and professionalism" in "giving their talents to the international Turkish community. In 2011, Ms. Sabanci received a Clinton Global Citizen Award.
Mr. Dinesh K Sarraf is the Chairman & Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas corporation Ltd (ONGC), India’s most valuable Maharatna public sector enterprise and one of the most premier E&P companies in the world. ONGC is one of the most valuable companies of India and one of the Fortune’s Most Admired companies in the world. Mr. Sarraf is also the Chairman of ONGC Videsh Ltd, operating across 16 countries, Chairman of Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and five other ONGC Group companies (OPaL- ONGC Petro-additions Ltd, OMPL – ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd, MSEZ- Mangalore SEZ Ltd, OTPC- ONGC Tripura Power Company Ltd and OMEL- ONGC Mittal Energy Ltd). Mr. Sarraf graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and holds a post graduate degree in Commerce from the same University. He is an associate member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Ms. Tilaar is the founder and president of Indonesia’s foremost cosmetic company group and world-renowned expert on traditional jamu (a drink believed to preserve health) and herbal mixes. Her name and her products are well known and respected throughout Indonesia, as she is often referred to as the “Mother of Indonesia’s natural cosmetic”. Ms. Tilaar obtained her college education from the University of Indonesia and pursued higher studies at the Academy of Beauty Culture, USA. She has been in the cosmetic industry for thirty years, during which time she has received several International awards such as Doctoral Honoris Causa Degree in Fashion Artistry from World University, USA and Leading Lady Enterpreneur in Monaco. Ms. Tilaar’s cosmetic business is now a multi million-dollar operation with salons and spas developing throughout Indonesia and abroad (including the US). Ms. Tilaar is also leading her industry in wellness practices, personal responsibility and environmental “green” issues.
Mr. Carrier became Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on 24 January 2011. He is also Director of Programmes for ICC’s Research Foundation. Mr Carrier has initiated and led research-based publishing and public information programmes for various international and national organizations, most recently for the World Trade Organization (WTO), from 1996 to 2008. As publisher and chief editor he developed the WTO’s extensive publishing and Internet-based public information programmes, focused on research and information about the multilateral trading system. He initiated the WTO Reference Centre programme, a network of computerized WTO information and research centres established in the trade ministries of over 100 developing countries.
Mr. Jennings is the first General Secretary of UNI Global Union. UNI was launched in 2000 as a union for skills and services, covering a range of industries. UNI brings together 900 unions from 150 countries around the world and includes 20 million affiliated members. Mr. Jennings was previously General Secretary of FIET and began his trade union career with the UK finance union. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from Bristol Polytechnic.
Mr. Raina was elected as General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at its founding Congress on 19 June 2012. Previously he was the General Secretary of the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), elected at its 32nd World Congress in May 2009. Born in Helsinki in 1960, Mr. Raina's first work with unions was as a lawyer and collective bargaining officer for the Finnish Chemical Workers' Union in 1985. Six years later he moved to Brussels for research activities at the ICEF (International Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation) before taking over the responsibility for policy development and networking in the energy industries. He became Director of Organization at ICEM (International Chemical, Energy and Mine Workers' Federation) in 2000, assisting the General Secretary in planning strategies. From 2001 to 2003, Jyrki served Finnish industrial trade unions as a consultant in Helsinki. In 2003, he moved to Stockholm again, where he became General Secretary of Nordic Metal and substitute member of the IMF's Executive Committee and the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) Steering Committee.
Mr. Wilton's career began in private legal practice before joining the Employers’ Association in New Zealand. For the next thirteen years he was involved in national, regional and enterprise-based bargaining and represented employers in a variety of legal matters, both in mediation and in the Labour Court and addressed a wide range of industrial relations and human rights issues across industries and sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. After leaving the Auckland Employers in 1999 as Manager of Legal and Advocacy Services, Brent joined the IOE as Senior Adviser, becoming Deputy Secretary-General in 2003, and was appointed Acting Secretary-General in mid November 2011. He has led the IOE’s involvement from the outset in the debate on the business and human rights relationship and coordinated a representative business contribution to the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights in the lead-up to the adoption of the Guidelines by the UN Human Rights Council. Brent also oversees the IOE's work on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Engineer; Entrepreneur, Director President of Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility. Board Member of Sociotec Engineer; member of World Social Forum’s International Council and the Network Nossa São Paulo. Former member of the Presidential Board of Food and Nutritional Safety (Consea) and former General Coordinator of Fórum Empresarial de Apoio ao Município (Business Forum for City Support). Also former Coordinator of PNBE - National Thought of Entrepreneurial Basis; former member of the National Coordination of the Brazilian Association of Entrepreneurs for Citizenship (Cives).
Ms. Labelle is Chair of the Board of Transparency International, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Vice-President of the Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Chair of the Board of the Centre for the Financial Services OmbudsNetwork and of the E7 Scholarship Selection Committee. She is Co-Chair of the Task Force on China’s Environment and Development Review and Prospect. Dr. Labelle has held several government posts in Canada, including President of the Canadian International Development Agency from 1993 to 1999, deputy head of the Millennium Bureau of Canada in 1998, deputy minister of Transport Canada from 1990 to 1993, chairman of the Public Service Commission of Canada from 1985 to 1990, associate secretary to the cabinet and deputy clerk of the Privy Council in 1985, and under-secretary of state in the department of the secretary of state from 1980 to 1985.
Ms. Marton-Lefèvre was appointed as Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in 2007. IUCN is the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organization which brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts in a unique worldwide partnership. Prior to this, Ms. Marton-Lefevre was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), a graduate-level international university, mandated by the United Nations, providing education, training and research on issues related to peace and conflict. Earlier offices held by Ms. Marton-Lefevre include Executive Director of Leadership for Environment and Development International (LEAD) and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Ms. Marton-Lefevre has co-authored numerous books and papers. In 1999 she received the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of the United Kingdom. She studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France and was born in Hungary. She is an Honorary LEAD Fellow.
Mr. Sané is Founder and President of Imagine Africa, a think-tank dedicated to the strengthening of research policy linkages on Africa in order to improve the quality of public policies. Previously, Mr. Sané was the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation. From 2001 to 2010, and was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 1992 to 2001. In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of international affairs, headed the International Secretariat in London and represented the movement to governments, international organizations and the general public. For fifteen years prior to joining Amnesty International, he worked in the field of international development, serving as Regional Controller, International Director of Policy and Budget, and Regional Director (West and Central Africa) of the International Development Research Centre in Canada.
The Local Network Advisory Group provides guidance to the UN Global Compact Office and serves as a conduit for Local Networks to raise ideas and concerns in a systematic manner. A primary role of the Advisory Group is to enhance communication between the Global Compact Office and Local Networks and empower networks with a greater say in the initiative – thereby maximizing the positive impact of the Global Compact’s global-local reach, knowledge and expertise.The Advisory Group selects its own Chair who occupies an Ex Officio Local Network position on the Global Compact Board.
Mr. Greenhill has served as a Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum since 2008. He has combined a senior career in international business with an ongoing commitment to international public policy and a strong interest in global issues. Mr. Greenhill started his career with McKinsey & Company. In 1995, he joined Bombardier Inc., Canada’s leading aerospace and rail-transportation manufacturer, becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier International in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada’s premier international development and humanitarian assistance organization. In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him to the High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, which developed the “Delivering As One” report in 2007.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with 7,000 corporate participants in 135 countries. A key architect of the Global Compact, he has led the initiative since its founding in 2000, establishing the most widely recognized multi-stakeholder network and action platform to advance responsible business practices. Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact's sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia. He joined the United Nations in 1987, and has been at the leading edge of the organization's private-sector engagement ever since. A native of Germany, Mr. Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University Berlin.
Martin Skancke is a leading global advocate of long-term and responsible investment and is Chair of the PRI Advisory Council. Mr Skancke previously served as Director General and Head of the Asset Management department at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, where he designed and established the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. He spent four years as Head of the Domestic Policy department at the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, acting as chief advisor to the Prime Minister on economic policy issues, including pension reform.