Board of Directors

GRI’s governance bodies are designed to maintain multi-stakeholder representation. The Board of Directors (Board) has the ultimate fiduciary, financial and legal responsibility for GRI, including final decision-making authority on its organizational governance and long‐term strategy.

Appointments to the Board are on a voluntary basis and members serve a term of three years. The membership is refreshed on an regular basis with a global public call for applications. 

Members of the Board

 

Mr. Eric Hespenheide

Eric is GRI’s current Chair.  He previously served as Interim Chief Executive (July 2016 to January 2017) and was the inaugural Chairman of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (2015-16).

 Eric was Global Leader of Deloitte Touche member firms’ Sustainability group, where he was their representative in various forums such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, GRI and the IIRC. 

 He is a member and previous chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force. Eric also serves on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Project Advisory Panel for its EER Assurance Project.

 

Mr. Bola Adeeko

Nigerian Stock Exchange, Division Head, Shared Services

Bola heads the Shared Services Division of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with responsibility for shaping the technology agenda and driving innovation. A seasoned business leader, he has a track record of over 25 years with global companies, including Sara Lee Corporation, First Data Corporation and JP Morgan Chase.

Bola is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria, and holds several non-executive director positions. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, he is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

 

Ms. Cristina Gil  

Orbia, Vice President Sustainability, USA

Cristina leads on sustainability for Orbia, a Mexican multinational in precision agriculture, building and infrastructure, fluorine mining, data communication and polymer production. She has overseen efforts to increase transparency and reporting, improve supply chain assessment and launch social and environmental impact programs that contribute to global sustainability goals.

Cristina’s previous career was in the non-profit sector, including The Nature Conservancy, Pronatura Noreste, Rare Conservation, and Fundación Educa.

She is a board member of Jimbere Fund, CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) and Smartest Energy, and holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies.

 

Ms. Marina Grossi 

CEBDS, President, Brazil

Marina is president of CEBDS, the non-profit association that promotes sustainable development by companies in Brazil, and brings more than 30 years strong experience in sustainable finance and climate risk.

Her previous roles include five years as a negotiator at the Conferences of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Marina serves in various governance and advisory roles, including the Network of Brazilian Women Leaders for Sustainability, Banco do Brasil Foundation, the Economic and Social Development Council of the Presidency of Brazil, and Brazilian Green Finance Initiative.

 

Mr. Jack Ehnes

The California State Teachers Employees' Retirement System (CalSTRS), Chief Executive Officer, USA 

Jack has led CalSTRS since 2002, the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. He is currently chairman of the FTSE Green Industries Advisory Committee and vice-chair of their Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee.
Jack serves on the board of Ceres and is past-president of the National Council on Teacher Retirement. He is a Public Governor on the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

 

Mr. Eelco van der Enden

PwC, Partner, Netherlands

Eelco leads PwC’s Tax Administration Consulting and has 30 years’ experience in tax, treasury, risk management and corporate finance. He supports businesses, governments, international organizations and NGOs to implement sustainable tax compliance strategies.

Eelco was a member of the multi-stakeholder Technical Committee that developed GRI-207: Tax 2019, the first global standard for public, country-by-country reporting on tax. He is also Chairman of the Tax Policy Group of Accountancy Europe.

Before joining PwC in 2007, he worked for various multinationals as Head of Tax, Treasury, Risk Management and Corporate Finance. Eelco has authored many articles on tax governance and cooperative compliance and is a guest lecturer at various European universities.

 

Ms. Esther An

City Developments Limited (CDL), Chief Sustainability Officer, Singapore

Esther is an advocate for green building and sustainability and is responsible for CDL’s sustainability leadership, which in 2020 was ranked the top real estate company in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. She played a pivotal role in the establishment of GRI’s ASEAN Hub in 2019 and is a founding member of GRI ASEAN Consortium.

In 2018, she was recognized by UN Global Compact as a SDG Pioneer, while she also the founder of the Women4Green and Youth4Climate initiatives. Esther’s board roles include the World Green Building Council, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, and Global Compact Network Singapore.

 

Ms. Jessica Fries

A4S, Chief Executive, UK

Since 2008, Jessica has led The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), working with the finance community to catalyze a shift to a sustainable economy. She has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council, A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets program.

Previously, Jessica worked for PwC advising companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations. She has written extensively on integrating sustainability into business and has been a member of various international, European and UK Government committees.

She is currently a member of the IIRC Governance and Nominations Committee, the Smith School Global Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, and the UN Global Assessment Report Advisory Council.

A chartered accountant, Jessica is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an alumnus of the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.

 

Ms. Molly Harris Olson

Fairtrade Australia, CEO, Australia

Molly leads Fairtrade Australia, with responsibility for strengthening supply chains, growing revenue and bolstering environmental and economic sustainability practices throughout the Asia Pacific region.

With three decades of leadership in sustainable development, she has driven and contributed to numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives, including serving on President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development.

Molly delivered the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum's 2000 Davos meeting, chaired Swedish King Carl Gustaf's Business Leadership and the Environment Symposium in 1996, and was named in Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in 2014.

 

Dr. Jianzhong Lu

Weir Group, China President, China

Dr Lu is a pioneer of sustainable business strategy and a respected industry thought leader. He has performed in senior executive roles for more than 20 years in a variety of international organizations, including Global Partner of Brunswick Group, Executive Vice President of Singapore RGE Group, and Action President China of BHP Billiton.

Dr Lu is deputy Director General of China CSR, a panel expert of the China Federation of Industries and Economics, and Chairman of the Supervision Committee of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Association. He was former co-Chair of Sustainable Business Committee of Shanghai American Chamber and Shanghai British Chamber. Dr. Lu.

Dr. Lu is a guest professor at the Nankai University and an alumnus of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Ecole Central de Paris, and Zhejiang University.

 

Ms. Bekeme Masade- Olowola

CSR-in-action, Executive Director, Nigeria

Bekeme leads CSR-in-Action, an advisory, advocacy and training enterprise, dedicated to driving corporate social responsibility, women and youth empowerment, and sustainable development in Nigeria.

Bekeme co-established the Business Coalition for Sustainable Development Nigeria, a coalition of leading businesses to drive development. She is producer of The Good Citizen Show, and convener of the annual Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference.

Bekeme is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Lagos.

 

Ms. Meredith Miller

Chief Corporate Governance Officer at UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, USA

Meredith Miller leads corporate governance for the largest non-governmental provider of retiree health in the US.

She was previously Assistant Treasurer for Policy for the Connecticut State Treasurer and served in the Clinton Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, at the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration. She has also been Assistant Director of the Employee Benefits Department, and Assistant Director of Research for Employee Benefits, Service Employees International Union.

Meredith is a director of the Thirty Percent Coalition and has served on the board of Hampshire College and the Council of Institutional Investors. She is an alumnus of Hampshire College, Massachusetts, and the London School of Economics. ​

 

Mr. Jyrki Raina

Global Industrial Relations Expert, Finland

Jyrki is a global industrial relations expert based in Finland and in Spain. He works in projects in Europe and around the world, focusing on strategy development, research, organising, collective bargaining and mediation.

Jyrki is former General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries. He was an architect of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which has helped make factories safer for millions of garment workers.

Jyrki is a previous member of the UN Global Compact Board. He holds a Master of Laws from Helsinki University.

 

Mr. Girish Ramachandran

Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific, President, Singapore

Girish has responsibility for the strategy and operations of TCS in Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China and South Korea.

Girish joined TCS in 1994 and has held multiple leadership positions across the world.

Girish is also a member of CII International Council and serves on the International Board of Nyenrode University in the Netherlands. He is a recipient of the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the Mayor of Amsterdam, in recognition of his service to the city. He was appointed Business Champion for New Colombo Plan by the Australian Government and recognized with a leading CEO award by the Singapore Human Resource Institute in 2018.