Board Members

Chair

H.E. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Yemen, led to a huge rise in UNHCR’s activities as the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.

Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

As president of the European Council in early 2000, he led the adoption of the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs, and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa summit. He was a member of the Portuguese Council of State from 1991 to 2002.

Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976 where he served as a member for 17 years. During that time, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Economy, Finance and Planning, and later the Parliamentary Committee for Territorial Administration, Municipalities and Environment. He was also leader of his party’s parliamentary group.

From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration and Refugees.

For many years Mr. Guterres was active in the Socialist International, a worldwide organization of social democratic political parties. He was the group’s vice-president from 1992 to 1999, co-chairing the African Committee and later the Development Committee. He served as President from 1999 until mid-2005. In addition, he founded the Portuguese Refugee Council as well as the Portuguese Consumers Association DECO, and served as president of the Centro de Acção Social Universitário, an association carrying out social development projects in poor neighbourhoods of Lisbon, in the early 1970s.

Mr. Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid, a leadership alliance of democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world.

Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. He is married to Catarina de Almeida Vaz Pinto, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Lisbon, and has two children, a stepson and three grandchildren.


Vice-Chairs

Ms. Bola Adelsola
Former Managing Director and CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Ms. Adesola was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd in March 2011. Prior to joining the bank, she was an Executive Director in First Bank of Nigeria Plc where she was responsible for the Corporate Banking business, and later managing the entire business in the Lagos Directorate including retail, corporate and commercial banking. Previously, she was Managing Director of Kakawa Discount House, Nigeria, where she drove record business performance. She also worked in Citibank for 9 years in senior leadership roles in Nigeria and Tanzania.

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985, Bola Adesola has over 25 years banking experience. An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, she also holds a Law degree from the University of Buckingham, UK. Ms. Adesola is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria and sits on the Board of the Financial Markets Dealers Association having served in various capacities in developing the Nigerian Money Market, the Interbank Settlement Systems and the Discount House subsector. Ms. Adesola also chairs the Central Bank of Nigeria Bankers’ Sub-Committee on Women’s Economic Empowerment. She is a member of the Nigeria National Competitiveness Council, inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 and was recently appointed the first female Vice President of Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA).


Mr. Paul Polman
Former CEO, Unilever

Paul Polman was Chief Executive Officer of Unilever from 2009 to 2019. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact.

Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the B Team and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. Paul previously served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on behalf of the private sector. Paul is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. He also served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon.

In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015) and the Singapore Government Public Service Star (2016). In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of his efforts in galvanising business action on sustainability and for his involvement during the historic 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. In 2018, Paul was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business.


Members


Ms. Clara Arpa Azofra
CEO, Arpa Equipos Móviles de Campaña

Clara Arpa, CEO and owner of ARPA Equipos Móviles de Campaña, has lead the Spanish company based in Zaragoza since 2010. ARPA is a family owned company, founded 50 years ago, with customers in more than 70 countries, specializing in the design and manufacture of mobile field integral solutions. Innovative and fast deployment solutions in health, WaSH systems and tech com solutions as well as field logistic equipment for relief disaster purposes, among others, to give support to any activity of any operator anywhere.

As CEO, her aim was to change the company to offer faster and better response solutions in the aftermath of catastrophes and natural disasters, such as SITEC, specializing in rescuing and taking care of survivors and their most immediate needs.

Ms. Arpa has been in the post disaster reconstruction field all around the world for over 23 years. This experience and the knowledge acquired through this long period of time has added value to every single project, taking the company to new heights of performance.

A Board Member of various regional and national professional and business associations, she is also currently the chairwoman of The Innovation Centre for Sustainable Development CIDS, the ARPA Group Foundation, a group for collecting innovative ideas and implementing projects to boost worldwide sustainable development. Clara Arpa is married and has three children.


Ms. Sharan Burrow
General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a second term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at the ITUC World Congress in May 2014. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns.

The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 331 national affiliates.

Sharan is well known for her international advocacy on labour standards, corporate responsibility, climate change, investment in infrastructure and the green economy, investment in the care economy, women, equality and diversity, global migration and employment.

She has represented workers and civil society groups in global policy discussions in United Nations bodies, including ECOSOC , on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation as well as at the G20, World Bank and International Monetary Fund and the WEF, ,including as co-chair in 2017 and 2018.


Mr. Patrick Chalhoub
CEO, Chalhoub Group

Patrick Chalhoub is the Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Chalhoub Group, the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East. Patrick began his career in 1979 when he decided to become involved in the realisation of his father’s vision to build a bridge between the East and West and be the ambassador of luxury lifestyle in the region.

He created a regional distribution platform in the Jebel Ali Free zone with Fendi, L’Oréal, Dior Parfums and Puig, to name a few. As the director of Christofle and of Bernardaud, Patrick Chalhoub was involved in the strategic planning for the restructuring and redeployment of these brands and, from 2000, developed the retail network of the Group from a few stores to over 600 stores with a workforce which increased from a few hundred to over 12,000 in the region, and with local implementation in 14 countries.

For nearly 30 years, Patrick has been fully involved in the strategic development of the business to guarantee its long-term success. As such, he continues to expand the Group’s distribution, retail business, marketing and communication activities and is also eager to strengthen the Group’s support services in terms of offering and skills and is very engaged in the digital transformation of the Group.

He has been instrumental in guiding the development of a sustainability strategy for the Group, with a focus on Education, Environmental and Humanitarian sustainability. Patrick has also been very actively involved in a few associations, such as the French Business Council, which he lead for some years, the Capital Club and, more recently, he established the local chapter of Endeavor, helping start-ups to scale up. He is also regularly consulted by local Governments on economic development, governance and social responsibilities.

At the age of 42, he was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government. Patrick is also Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur since January 2016.


Mr. Emanuel Chirico
Chairman & CEO, PVH Corp.

Emanuel “Manny” Chirico is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PVH Corp., owner of brands including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner’s and IZOD. Under his leadership, PVH has become one of the most admired fashion and lifestyle companies in the world, with $9.7 billion in annual revenues and 38,000 associates operating in over 40 countries.

Manny has helped transform PVH from a North American dress furnishings business to a company that powers brands that drive fashion forward —for good. He’s made philanthropy and corporate responsibility key pillars in how PVH conducts business, recognizing the opportunity to positively impact people and the environment against a backdrop of financial growth. He brings to the role a strong focus on the PVH values that he helped establish over the past 25 years: accountability, partnership, passion, integrity, and individuality.

In 2018, he received Women’s Wear Daily’s CEO Creative Leadership Award and was named Person of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). He also was named a Top CEO by Glassdoor and received the Committee for Economic Development’s (CED) Leadership Award.


Mr. John W.H. Denton
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

John W.H. Denton AO is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce. John was previously a Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm. John is a Board member of IFM Global investors - one of the world’s major infrastructure investors. John is a founding member of the B20, of the Australia-China CEO Roundtable and of Australia for UNHCR.John co-led the Australian Government’s White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century and previously Chaired the APEC Finance and Economics Work Group. John is Chair of the Global Engagement Taskforce of the Business Council of Australia.

He is a former diplomat and an Alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Melbourne. He is a Board member of the Australian Ballet and a founder of Human Rights Watch (Australia) and Teach for Australia. In 2015 John was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the business community, the arts and the rights of refugees


Ms. Natasha Fröjd
Chair, UN Global Compact Government Group Program Manager, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

atasha Fröjd is a career diplomat and joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2012. Her current position is at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She works within the domain responsible for multilateral issues, with particular focus on private sector engagement and financing for development. She has also worked at the Swiss Embassy in Kosovo, as well as at the Swiss Embassy in Brazil, mainly on finances and tax issues.

Before joining the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, she worked at the UBS Optimus Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that aims at creating social and environmental change.


Mr. Philip Jennings
Former General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Mr. Jennings was 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.


Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro
Former President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is a social activist and theologian who is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance human rights, and philanthropy for women and girls. She was President and CEO of Global Fund for Women from 2011 to 2019, one of the world’s leading publicly-supported foundations for gender equality.

Musimbi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School studying Hebrew and Old Testament.

Musimbi has received several recognition awards and honorary degrees over many years. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of 10 women “power brands” working for gender equality. In 2016 she was recognized on a list of “Forty over 40 – women who are reinventing, and disrupting and making an impact”. More recently, she was named among the 100 people making a difference in gender policy and alongside Bill Gates as one of the 9 powerful people changing the planet. Musimbi’s Ted Talk on equal generosity, released for International Women’s Day 2018, is available at the Global Fund for Women website.


Ms. Sanda Ojiambo

CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the Secretary‑General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and operations.

With more than 10,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 160 countries engaged through 68 country networks, the Compact is the largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Endorsed by chief executive officers, it is a practical framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, committing businesses to sustainability and shared responsibility for achieving a better world.

Ms. Ojiambo, brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations.

Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.

Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.


Mr. Roberto Marques 
Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Natura & Co

After joining Natura in 2015, Roberto Marques became Group CEO of Natura & Co in January 2020. A Business Administration graduate from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Mr. Marques majored in Marketing and Strategic Planning. Marques also holds post-graduate degrees from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Marques was Executive Vice President and President for North America at Mondelez International. Prior to that Marques worked for many years for Johnson & Johnson, where he held among other positions, Company Group Chairman of Consumer Business North America, Worldwide President of Medical Devices and many senior positions in the Latam and EMEA regions. Marques is also a Board Member of the USTA Foundation and was previously a Director at GMA, Grocery Manufacturer Association, the Consumer Health Care Products Association (CHPA), the ENACTUS and Brazil-U.S. Business Council in U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Anand Mahindra
Chairman, Mahindra Group

Mr. Anand Mahindra is the Chairman of the Mahindra Group and the Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. His tenure has seen the Group expand domestically and internationally into a range of major industrial sectors from automobiles and agriculture to IT and aerospace. The Group has also grown inorganically through acquisitions such as Ssangyong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services, Peugeot Motorcycles, Gippsland Aeronautics, Aerostaff Australia, Holiday Club Resorts, and Pininfarina S.p.A.

He has served on several influential bodies globally, including the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, and the International Advisory Council of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. He is currently on the board of Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. Mr. Mahindra has been named in Barron's List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide (2016) and Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders (2014). He was appointed ‘Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour’ by the President of the French Republic (2016).

Mr. Mahindra is an incisive business commentator and humanitarian with over 6 million followers on Twitter. Among his many social change initiatives is the Nanhi Kali programme, which, for the last two decades, has provided over 330,000 under-privileged girls access to high quality education.


Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart is Chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact, a director of Saudi Aramco and an advisory board member of Envision Energy. He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1998 to 2001, Anglo American plc from 2002 to 2009, Hermes Equity Ownership Services 2009-2016 and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC 2008-2018).

After a doctorate in geology in 1966 at Cambridge, he worked for Shell starting as an exploration geologist, living in Holland, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia, and UK. A director of Accenture 2001-2015, HSBC 2001-10.

Chairman of the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee 2014-2018. Vice Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact Board 2006-2018. Honorary Co-Chairman of the International Tax and Investment Center 2011-, Member of the International Council for Integrated Reporting 2011-2018, Chairman of the of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS 2002-2011, board member Global Reporting Initiative 2002-2007, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development 2002-2011. Author of “Responsible Leadership – Lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics.”


Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio  
Chair, Transparency International

Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio is the Chair of Transparency International (elected in October 2017). She is a Lawyer graduated from Córdoba National University (Argentina) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Ph.D. degree in Law from Madrid’s Complutense University (Spain). She is Member of the Steering Committee of OGP - Open Government Partnership (elected 2018) and of the PACI Vanguard Steering Committee, the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative of the World Economic Forum. She is Co-Chair of the WEF Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-corruption.

Dr. Ferreira Rubio served as Chief Advisor for several Representatives and Senators at the Argentinian National Congress from 1990 to 2005, advising the Constitutional Committee of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and also served as Advisor to the National Accounting Office for two years. She has done consultancies on Political Finance, Anti-Corruption and Transparency related issues with various international organizations (IFES, UNDP, OAS, IADB, IDEA, NEEDS, ERIS, CAPEL, DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL, COUNTERPART, UNWomen among others) and NGOs around the world. She was President of Poder Ciudadano, the Argentinian Chapter of Transparency International (2008-2010).

Dr. Ferreira Rubio has authored numerous publications on Transparency and Anti-Corruption, Political Corruption, Public and Parliamentary Ethics and Comparative Politics, among other subjects.


Ms. Flora Mutahi
Founder & CEO, Melvin Marsh International Limited

Founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd Kenya’s, largest flavored tea company. Flora has extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership, business development, market penetration and marketing. She also has interests in real estate.

She is the current Chairperson Kenya Association of Manufactures, and the first female Chairperson since its inception 57 years ago. She has also been appointed to sit on several boards both in the private and public sector.

Flora is passionate about business, and mentors entrepreneurs — particularly women. Late last year, she started a program in Kenya called Women in Manufacturing (WIM) — a program aimed at encouraging more women to join the industry.

She holds an MBA from University of Cape Town 2008 2010 and B.Sc Finance and accounts (UK) 1988-1991. She has won several awards for her business and on a personal level during her entrepreneurial journey

Flora is married with three children.


Mr. Steve Kenzie
Co-Chair, Global Network Council

Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK

Steve Kenzie is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network in the United Kingdom. He has managed the Network Secretariat since 2007, connecting UK companies and other organisations in a global movement dedicated to driving corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. The UK Network promotes practical sustainability leadership, sharing of knowledge across sectors, and actively shapes the responsible business environment to create a world we want to live and do business in. He is the Co-Chair of the Compact's Global Network Council and leads the Regional Network Council for Western Europe and North America.

He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a range of themes including: business & human rights, water stewardship, fighting malaria, inclusive business, social enterprise, and climate change. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.

He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.


Mr. Ren Hongbin
Former Chairman, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH)

Mr. Ren Hongbin was born in April 1963, joined the China National Engineering and Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Corporation in 1987. He was posted in China and abroad, rising through the ranks to become Chairman in 2001. In 2005 this company would be renamed SINOMACH. Mr. Ren is an Alternate Member of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC, and was also an Alternate Member of the 18th Central Committee.

Concurrently, he is Vice-Chairman of the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC), Vice-Chairman of the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), Vice-Chairman of the China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF), Executive Director of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, and Chairman of the China-Russia Business Council as well holding post in other major organisations.

He is the holder of the titles of Doctor of Philosophy in Management, professor of engineering with Special Government Allowance from the State Council, as well as National Candidate of “the New Century Talents Project”.

He has been awarded several honorary titles. He was the winner of the first “China Young Entrepreneurs Management Innovation Gold Awards”, “National Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Machinery Industry”, “National Outstanding Entrepreneur”, “Equipment China Meritorious Entrepreneur”, to name but a few.

Mr Ren resides in Beijing.


Ms. Fiona Reynolds
CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment, and has responsibility for its operations globally.

Fiona has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, working in particular within the Australian superannuation sector and played an active role in advocating pension policy change on behalf of working Australians and participated in a number of government committees and working groups on retirement incomes policy. Fiona has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women.

Prior to joining the PRI, Fiona spent seven years as Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST). Fiona has formerly been a pension fund director/trustee of AUSfund and been on the boards of Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and the National Women in Super Network. In September 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy.

Fiona also serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the Council of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee and the Steering Committee for Investors on Climate Change.


Mr. Francesco Starace
CEO & General Manager, Enel SpA

Francesco Starace has been CEO and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014. Mr. Starace joined the Enel Group in 2000, holding several top executive positions including Head of Business Power and Managing Director of the Market Division. From 2008 to 2014 he served as CEO and General Manager of Enel Green Power.

He began his career in construction management of power generation plants, first with the General Electric Group, then at ABB Group, and subsequently at Alstom Power Corporation.

Since June 2014 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative. In May 2015 he joined the Board of the United Nations Global Compact. From January 2016 until January 2018 he was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community and, in October 2016, was nominated co-chair of the B20 Climate & Resource Efficiency Task Force. In June 2017 he was elected President of the European electricity industry union Eurelectric. The European Commission appointed him Member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU” in September 2017.

A graduate in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, he is married and has two sons. He is a keen cyclist, a supporter of the A.S. Roma football club, and has a passion for poetry.


Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos
Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Appointed Acting Secretary-General in March 2018, Roberto Suárez Santos joined the IOE as Deputy Secretary-General in December 2012. He is a trained lawyer with experience in European and international labour law, as well as in international relations. Within the IOE, he is mainly in charge of managing, coordinating and supporting the business presence at the ILO.

Prior to his appointment, Roberto was based in Tunisia, working as the ILO Programme Director for the promotion of youth employment in the Maghreb region. Before that, he worked at the Spanish Confederation of Employer’s Organisations (CEOE) in various capacities ranging from comparative labour policies and labour relations to youth unemployment and social and employment policy. His most recent position at the CEOE was as Head of European and International Social Policy, where he managed, implemented and evaluated social and youth employment projects.

Roberto has also been involved in academia. He has taught European Social Law as an associate professor at both the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain.

Roberto was a member of the European Social Dialogue Committee and has also worked as President of the CSR group for the European employer’s organisation, BUSINESSEUROPE. He was BUSINESSEUROPE’s Vice-President for Labour Affairs for several years and has been the spokesperson for European employers at Euromed meetings such as Marrakech (2009) Barcelona (2010) and Brussels (2011). Roberto was Vice-President of BIAC’s Employment and Labour Affairs Committee, and has also been a member of various follow up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social committee.


Mr. Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Chairman & CEO Schneider Electric

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, 55 years old, joined Schneider Electric in 1986. He was appointed to the Executive Committee in charge of the International Division end of 2001, became COO late in 2003, President & Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and has finally been named Chairman & CEO in April 2013. His career at Schneider Electric has developed largely outside France in operational functions in Italy, China, South Africa and USA.

Jean-Pascal holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and a MBA.

Moreover, Jean-Pascal has been President of the France-China Committee from 2009 to 2018. He currently sits on the Global CEO Council of China’s Premier Li Keqiang, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Mayors of Beijing and Shanghai. He has been President of Global Compact Network France since 2014, and sits on the worldwide board of UN Global Compact. Jean-Pascal is also a UN HeForShe Corporate IMPACT champion working with other heads of state, universities and companies to advance gender equality.


Ms. Sandra Wu, Wen Hsiu
Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Ms. Sandra Wu has been the Chairperson and CEO of Kokusai Kogyo since 2013. Ms. Wu is also Co-Founder and Director of Japan Asia Group, of which Kokusai Kogyo is a wholly-owned subsidiary, since 1998.

Ms. Wu served on the Board of UNDRR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) from 2015 to 2020, was Chair of UNDRR's private sector stakeholder group from 2013 to 2015, and was named DRR Champion at the UN Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. Ms. Wu served as Co-Chair of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Industry Group of the World Economic Forum in 2017. Ms. Wu is a member of the Advisory Committee on National Resilience (Disaster Reduction and Mitigation) of the Cabinet Office, Japan, and a visiting professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University.

Ms. Wu is a graduate from the Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University and the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

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