Governance

Supervisory Board

With collective experience in all aspects of WBA’s work, the WBA Supervisory Board oversees the strategic decisions and long-term ambition of the organisation. This ambition has already seen WBA grow to a movement with more than 130 allies from across the globe with one common vision to drive the private sector to achieving the UN SDGs. WBA is delighted to welcome six new members to its existing supervisory board to total ten, chaired by Paul Druckman. The newly strengthened team with truly diverse experience and expertise across business, government and civil society from the developed and developing world will help further support WBA to be an agent for systems change. Now more than ever this change requires diversity of thinking and collaboration to benchmark for a better world in the next decade. The role of the supervisory board is also critical to WBA’s governance structure which compliments the Donor Committee and independent Expert Review Committees for each benchmark. The Board will meet quarterly. We are delighted to introduce the supervisory board here.

Joyce Cacho
President, Adinura Advisory Services

Joyce Cacho is the President of Adinura Advisory Services, a company which provides strategy advice to corporations and public policy organizations. For more than 17 years, Joyce’s work has contributed to accountably creating value by... »

Joyce Cacho

President, Adinura Advisory Services

Joyce Cacho is the President of Adinura Advisory Services, a company which provides strategy advice to corporations and public policy organizations. For more than 17 years, Joyce’s work has contributed to accountably creating value by leading organization-wide initiatives, which change the P&L structure. Experience in Joyce’s early career includes working on the World Bank documents for the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She holds a PhD in Investment decision-making and Corporate Finance (Brazil Agribusiness), and is a professional member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of New York.

“Financial capital markets know no boundaries, and transparency and disclosure are pivotal to consumer, employee, and investor engagement. WBA, at its core, raises the bar and levels the playing field on ESG, in the race to the top – within, and across, geographical regions.”

Kirstine Cooper
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva

Kirstine is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva plc and heads the Office of the Chairman. She was appointed to the Group Executive in May 2012. Kirstine established the legal and company... »

Kirstine Cooper

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva

Kirstine is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva plc and heads the Office of the Chairman. She was appointed to the Group Executive in May 2012. Kirstine established the legal and company secretarial function as a global team and is responsible for the provision of legal services to the Group, legal risk management, and compliance with UK listing requirements. She also supports the Chairman and the Board in the discharge of their responsibilities. Kirstine is a lawyer and held a number of legal roles within Aviva’s legacy companies before leading the property division of General Accident and the group legal function of CGU for eight years. She was formerly deputy group company secretary and legal counsel of Aviva plc and she currently sits as a director on the board of Aviva Insurance Limited. Professional qualifications and memberships: Kirstine holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Glasgow and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, as well as in Scotland. She is also a graduate of the general manager programme at INSEAD. Kirstine is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House and a non-executive Board Member of HM Land Registry. She served as a member of the Dormant Assets Commission and has been appointed by the government as the Insurance and Pensions Champion.

Elizabeth Cousens
CEO, UN Foundation

Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth Cousens served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly (2012-14). She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and... »

Elizabeth Cousens

CEO, UN Foundation

Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth Cousens served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly (2012-14). She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice (2009-12). In this capacity, she was lead U.S. negotiator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including representing the United States in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. During her stint as ambassador, she led U.S. diplomacy at the UN on human rights, humanitarian, social and environmental issues; served on the boards of UN agencies, funds, and programmes, and was the U.S. representative to the UN Peacebuilding Commission. She was also sherpa to Ambassador Rice for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Cousens’ has lived around the world, serving with UN political missions in Nepal and the Middle East and working as an analyst in conflict zones, including Bosnia and Haiti. Her prior experience includes Director of Strategy for the HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue which promotes and conducts mediation of armed conflict; Vice President of the International Peace Institute, where she led initiatives on global crisis 5management and UN reform; and Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, a research group that provides country and regional expertise to the UN on conflict and crisis situations. Dr. Cousens has a D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in history and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. She has written widely on conflict management, peace processes, state-building, and the United Nations.”

Paul Druckman
Chair of the WBA Supervisory Board

Paul Druckman is a Non-Executive Chairman and Director of organisations in multiple sectors. Active in different roles such as Chairman of the Board of The Clear Group and chair of the Advisory Group on the... »

Paul Druckman

Chair of the WBA Supervisory Board

Paul Druckman is a Non-Executive Chairman and Director of organisations in multiple sectors. Active in different roles such as Chairman of the Board of The Clear Group and chair of the Advisory Group on the Future of Corporate Reporting Project for the Financial Reporting Council. Highlights in the past have included being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW); Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board; and as a Board member and Chairman of UK accounting standards through the UK government regulator (FRC). He was also the founding CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

"I believe the benchmarks we are advocating and creating at WBA will be game changing in achieving the goals that capital markets, economies and societies now require."

Bukola Jejeloye
Managing Director, Offline Diplomat

Bukola Jejeloye is the Managing Director and Founder of Offline Diplomat, an advisory firm providing strategic planning, international relations and development, ESG, sustainability & partnerships advisory to global governments, organizations, and the private sector. He... »

Bukola Jejeloye

Managing Director, Offline Diplomat

Bukola Jejeloye is the Managing Director and Founder of Offline Diplomat, an advisory firm providing strategic planning, international relations and development, ESG, sustainability & partnerships advisory to global governments, organizations, and the private sector. He has extensive experience working with multiple sectors and stakeholders, including the Nithio Energy Holding, Avenir Health, AfDB, ECOWAS, African Union, World Bank, United Nations, in North America, Europe, Asia and especially in Africa. He was previously a founding Vice President of ESG and CSR at Black Rhino Group. Bukola has a J.D. in Law from Columbia University, where he was valedictorian and graduated with a certificate of excellence in International and Comparative Law (SOAS, University of London), M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Technology Management from MIT, and B.S. in Nuclear and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

“WBA’s pioneering work to engage and empower global stakeholders, including companies, governments, civil society and individuals to exert influence on the private sector’s sustainable practices in achieving the SDGs is innovative, timely and needed, especially in the Global South.”

Lysa John
Secretary-General, CIVICUS

Lysa John is the Secretary General of Civicus. Lysa has worked on issues of governance accountability and social justice since 1998. She most recently worked with Save the Children International as their Global Campaign Director, and previously... »

Lysa John

Secretary-General, CIVICUS

Lysa John is the Secretary General of Civicus. Lysa has worked on issues of governance accountability and social justice since 1998. She most recently worked with Save the Children International as their Global Campaign Director, and previously served as Head of Outreach for the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda. Born in India, Lysa spent the early part of her career working on large-scale civil society campaigns. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work.

"Civil society has a critical role to play in aiding and accelerating progress on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The work of the World Benchmarking Alliance provides an opportunity to make learning and accountability integral to the collective effort needed from governments, businesses and citizens to secure a sustainable future."

Mark Kramer
Founder and Managing Director, FSG and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Mark Kramer is a leading researcher, writer, speaker and consultant on strategies for social impact. He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles on Creating Shared Value in Harvard Business Review and Collective... »

Mark Kramer

Founder and Managing Director, FSG and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Mark Kramer is a leading researcher, writer, speaker and consultant on strategies for social impact. He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles on Creating Shared Value in Harvard Business Review and Collective Impact in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Mark is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG, a 150-person global social impact consulting firm. He has led consulting engagements across all of FSG’s impact areas, with particular emphasis on philanthropic strategy for private foundations, shared value initiatives, strategic evaluation, and impact investing. Mark is also a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group, and serves on advisory boards for Nestle and Kimberly-Clark. Prieviously, Mark served as President of the private equity firm Kramer Capital Management. He holds a BA from Brandeis University, MBA from The Wharton School, and JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

"I am delighted to join the WBA Supervisory Board and to support their important work. Companies are essential partners in reaching the SDGs, but without consistent and reliable metrics that hold companies accountable for their commitments to the SDGs, we have no hope of reaching these urgent targets in time."

Victoria Márquez-Mees
Managing Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Victoria Márquez-Mees is the Managing Director at EBRD. Victoria has worked in development finance in the areas of governance, environment and health in North, Central and Latin America since 1996. She most recently worked at the... »

Victoria Márquez-Mees

Managing Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Victoria Márquez-Mees is the Managing Director at EBRD. Victoria has worked in development finance in the areas of governance, environment and health in North, Central and Latin America since 1996. She most recently worked at the Interamerican Development Bank Group as the head of their independent accountability mechanism, and previously served as Director for Operations and Social Investment for the Carlos Slim Health Foundation. Born in Mexico, Victoria has dedicated her professional life to building capacity of civil society organizations in the LAC region and fostering the development of local skills to achieve sustainable development. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics.

“For developing countries like Mexico and others in the LAC region, the achievement of the SDG’s represents a challenge not only because of limited resources but also due to the lack of expertise and know how. WBA brings this expertise and know how as vital support to ensure they remain committed to the SDGs. I know my knowledge of the region will help WBA amplify its message amongst key regional stakeholders. Achieving the SDGs is essential for the improvement of living conditions of communities all over the world. By joining WBA and supporting their mission, enables me to continue supporting the LAC region in its pursuit of sustainable inclusive development.”

Veronica Olazabal
Senior Adviser & Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Veronica Olazabal is an award-winning measurement and evaluation executive with a portfolio ranging 20 years, four continents and numerous global agencies including the MasterCard Foundation. With a Bachelors in Communications and a Masters in Policy and... »

Veronica Olazabal

Senior Adviser & Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Veronica Olazabal is an award-winning measurement and evaluation executive with a portfolio ranging 20 years, four continents and numerous global agencies including the MasterCard Foundation. With a Bachelors in Communications and a Masters in Policy and Planning, Veronica serves on a number of advisory boards and councils, including most recently with the American Evaluation Association (AEA), International Food and Agricultural Development Fund (IFAD), and the Global Impact Investors Network (GIIN). She has published on impact measurement and evaluation in journals including the American Journal of Evaluation as well as Stanford Social Innovation Review and recently completed a chapter for the Impact Investor's Handbook, a Wiley publication to be released later in 2020.

"This moment of crisis calls for transformational change across all our systems. WBA is uniquely positioned to catalyze this change - bringing public and private sectors together to measurably achieve the SDGs."   

Josien Piek
Head of EMEA, GRESB

Josien is a macro economist with a background in finance, first as a banker and later as a portfolio manager and business developer in asset management. She has become acutely aware of the importance of... »

Josien Piek

Head of EMEA, GRESB

Josien is a macro economist with a background in finance, first as a banker and later as a portfolio manager and business developer in asset management. She has become acutely aware of the importance of correct, long-term and sustainable asset allocation and the data challenges of this transformation process. She believes sustainability benchmarking has the potential to address these issues, because it brings participants together around a shared goal in a pre-competitive space. She is convinced that transparent benchmarking of companies on their policies, intentions and achievements will help the business community, the financial sector and the world at large to realize the SDG agenda and create a sustainable future.

Executive Board

Gerbrand Haverkamp
Executive Director

Pauliina Murphy
Engagement Director

Richard Hardyment
Research Director

Gonnie Been
Operations Director