Board of Directors

​The Board of Directors is the final decision-making authority at GRI.  


 Call for Nominations

GRI continues inviting nominations for membership for the GRI Board of Directors (Board) to fill vacancies for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2021.

Candidate profiles
While all candidates will be considered, the GRI Nominating Committee encourages nominations from candidates with knowledge of fundraising, policy and regulation, and capital markets experience. Candidates should be senior individuals of integrity and high reputation. Members of the Board are appointed in their personal capacity and will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Network: Capacity of the individual to make strategically important connection in funding communities.
  • Availability: Capacity of the individual to contribute to the Board and to attend two in-person meetings annually, ca. 4 virtual meetings and potentially participate in one or more committees of the Board.
  • Multi-stakeholder balance: to complement and maintain regional diversity and gender balance representation on its Board.

Potential candidates for the Board should review the Rules and Procedures of the Board closely for details on what will be expected from Board members, qualifications needed to serve on the Board, how the Board operates and how it relates to other GRI governance bodies. Participation on the Board of Directors is voluntary, as is participation on all of GRI’s governance bodies. The GRI Travel Policy determines eligibility to reimbursement for travel expenses related to GRI Board activities.

Submitting your nomination
Interested candidates should submit the following documents by email to the Governance Relations Team at GRI, by Sunday 16 August 2020 midnight CET:

Applicants may be asked to provide references. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.
The GRI Nominating Committee will consider all applications and give a recommendation in form of a nomination to the GRI Stakeholder Council. The Stakeholder Council is expected to make a final decision about the appointment by October 2020. 


 Meet GRI’s 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.

GRI’s current Board members are:

Mr. Eric Hespenheide

Chairman of the GRI Board of Directors, USA

Mr. Olaf Brugman

Rabobank, Executive Director, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Brazil

Ms. Özlem Denizmen

Dogus Group, Social Investments Executive Vice President, Turkey

Mr. Jack Ehnes

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

Mr. Eelco van der Enden

PwC, Partner, Netherlands

Ms. Jessica Fries

A4S, Chief Executive, UK

Mr. Lance Gokongwei

President and Chief Executive, JG Summit Holdings, Philippines

Ms. Molly Harris Olson

Fairtrade Australia, CEO, Australia

Ms. Connie Lindsey

Northern Trust, Executive VP and Head of CSR and Global Diversity & Inclusion, USA

Dr. Jianzhong Lu

Weir Group, China President, China

Ms. Bekeme Masade- Olowola

CSR-in-action, Executive Director, Nigeria



Mr. Kevin McKinley

Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, CEO, Canada



Ms. Meredith Miller

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


Mr. Jyrki Raina

Global Industrial Relations Expert, Finnland

Mr. Girish Ramachandran

Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific, President, Singapore


Mr. Tim Mohin

GRI, Chief Executive, The Netherlands


 Chairman Emeritus