Michael Meehan, Chief Executive
Michael Meehan is the Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global standard-setter in sustainability reporting. GRI has a global presence through the work of its Secretariat in Amsterdam and Focal Point offices in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, China, Colombia, India and Australia.
As a CEO, senior executive and advisor in the sustainability sector for almost two decades, Michael has built and managed several successful clean-tech businesses, including Carbonetworks (2004-2010) and iVeridis Corporation (2010-2013), both of which were focused on the intersection of innovation and sustainability.
Michael has also advised multinationals and governments around the world, including the White House, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the California State Senate regarding sustainability issues. Michael was voted one of the "Top CEOs to Follow" by BusinessWeek magazine and is the inventor of several clean technology patents.
Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive
As GRI's Deputy Chief Executive Fogelberg engages in strategic external relationships with businesses, governments, civil society and other stakeholders. Fogelberg started her career as an anthropologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has spent many years in development organizations, such as ILO, USAID, and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in several countries in West Africa, where she specialized in gender issues and famine-early warning systems. She has thirteen years’ experience across various managerial positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Head of the Department for Women and Development, and the Research and Higher Education Department.
In 2002, Fogelberg acted as Executive Assistant to the Special Envoy of the U.N. Secretary General for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and was in charge of private sector involvement in the Summit. Fogelberg sits on the board of several sustainable development organizations. She is a Dutch National of Scandinavian origin, and is fluent in English, Swedish and French.
NELMARA ARBEX, Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting
Nelmara Arbex has been the Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting at GRI since October 2013. She also works as an independent consultant in the sustainability and business field. As GRI's Chief Advisor, Nelmara’s focus is on strategic analysis and innovations in the corporate reporting field. Her role is to support the management team in setting GRI’s future strategy and objectives, and to develop projects in strategic areas for GRI.
Previously, Nelmara was Deputy Chief Executive at GRI, in charge of Guidance, Support and Innovation. In this role, she supervised the development of the most recent GRI Reporting Guidelines (G4) and other content development and services. She started at GRI in 2006 as Director of Learning Program and Report Services, which she led until 2010. In total, her activities at GRI involve a global network with members from more than 40 countries.
In 2003, Nelmara set up the Corporate Responsibility department at Natura Cosmetics, Brazil, where she developed and implemented the company's management system for sustainability and reporting, implemented national campaigns and regional sustainable development plans. She was also responsible for the company’s sustainability education program for managers and executives.
Before that, Nelmara was the head of Knowledge Management and International Relations at the Ethos Institute, and was Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Co in Brazil. In the last ten years, she has designed and co-authored several articles and publications.
Currently, she is a council member of various organizations, including the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group, the Sustainability Council at AMATA Brasil, and the International Advisory Council at Cordaid International.
Nelmara holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Marburg University, Germany (1997) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, UK (2014).