World Resource Institute

WRI Annual Report 2018-19: Boards and Management

Boards and Management

WRI’s Global Board and the boards overseeing our international offices are led by diverse and distinguished boards of directors comprising former heads of state, corporate and civil society executives, energy and private equity investors, scientists, and current and former political leaders. These board directors ensure WRI’s financial integrity and effective resource management and provide oversight and guidance on WRI’s program strategy.

WRI Global Board | Directors

James A. Harmon
Chairman, Caravel Management LLC; former President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

David Blood
Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

Pamela P. Flaherty
Former President and CEO, Citi Foundation; Former Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi

Susan Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group, Inc.

Tamara Arnold
Founding Partner, Alpha Ledger Technologies, Inc.

Frances Beinecke
Former President, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Afsaneh M. Beschloss
Founder and CEO, Rock Creek

Joke Brandt
Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Stephen Brenninkmeijer
Founder and Principal, Willows Investments

Felipe Calderón
Former President of Mexico; Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Robin Chase
Founder, Zipcar, Buzzcar, Veniam

William Chen
Founding Managing Partner, ClearVue Partners

Tiffany Clay
CEO, Saddleback Holdings

Dino Patti Djalal
Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Indonesia

Christiana Figueres
Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Jamshyd N. Godrej
Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Caio Koch-Weser
Former Chair, European Climate Foundation; Former Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group

Jonathan Lash
Former President, Hampshire College; Former President, WRI

Joaquim Levy
President, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

Kathleen McLaughlin
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc. President, Walmart Foundation

Nader Mousavizadeh
Co-Founder and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners

Michael Polsky
President and CEO, Invenergy

Bill Richardson
Former Governor of New Mexico; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Stephen M. Ross
Chairman and Founder, Related Companies

Roger W. Sant
Chairman, The Summit Foundation; Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, The AES Corporation

Jennifer Scully-Lerner
Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs

Andrew Steer
President and CEO, WRI

Clinton A. Vince
Chair, Global Energy Practice, Dentons

Global Leadership Council

WRI’s Global Leadership Council is a select, invitation-only group of business, scientific, philanthropic and civic leaders committed to helping WRI achieve its mission. Council members form an international network to enhance WRI’s effectiveness, profile, resources and impact, as well as engage in the Institute’s program work in various ways, based on their interests and expertise.

Frances Beinecke
Former President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Afsaneh Beschloss
President and CEO, The Rock Creek Group

Daniel Weiss
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Angeleno Group

Elizabeth Belfer
Equity Analyst, Belfer Management, LLC

Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Senior Director, McLarty Associates

David Brewster

Brian Cox
President, MFX Solutions

Leslie Dach
Chair, Protect Our Care

Tim Disney
Chairman, CalArts

Timothy P. Dunn
Chief Investment Officer, Managing Member, Founder, Terra Alpha Investments, LLC

Paula Gold-Williams
President and CEO, CPS Energy

Peter Graham
Partner, One Better Ventures

W. Andrew Jack
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Peter S. Knight
Retired Partner, Generation Investment Management

Jonathan Matz
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Jeff McDermott
Managing Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors

Dan Morrow
Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University

Leslie Myers
Marketing Consultant

Rolando Núñez-Baza
Head of Latin America, Khan Academy

H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parme
Senior Advisor, Private Sector Partnerships, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

David Richardson
Executive Director, Global Client Service & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

Dorothy Robyn
Senior Fellow, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy

Alison Sander
Director, Center for Sensing and Mining the Future, Boston Consulting Group

Edward L. Strohbehn Jr.
Counsel (Retired), Morgan Lewis, Washington DC

Lee M. Thomas
Former Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

WRI Board and Staff with members of WRI’s Global Leadership Council at the WRI Fall Global Board Meeting in Washington, DC.


Council of Board Chairs

The WRI Council of Board Chairs was established in 2018 as a non-fiduciary, advisory body composed of the Chair from each WRI International Office Board of Directors and Co-Chairs of the WRI Global Board of Directors. The Council convenes once a year to deliver advice and recommendations to the WRI Global Board and the broader WRI network.

James Harmon
WRI Global Board Co-Chair

David Blood
WRI Global Board Co-Chair

Jamshyd Godrej
WRI India Board Chair and Global Board Member

Dino Djalal
WRI Indonesia Board Chair and Global Board Member

Marcelo Furtado
WRI Brazil Board Chair

Qu Geping
China Advisory Council Chair

Cecelia Martinez
WRI Mexico Board Chair

Patron & International Offices

Patron of WRI

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales


WRI Brasil Board of Directors

Marcelo Furtado
Director, Marae

Manish Bapna
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI

Franklin Feder
Former Vice President, Alcoa

Valmir Ortega
Partner, Geoplus Geotecnologia

Janet Ranganathan
Vice President for Science and Research, WRI

Anamaria Schindler
Co-president Emeritus, Ashoka

Orlando Strambi
Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Department of Transportation Engineering

WRI India Board of Directors

Jamshyd Godrej
Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Narvroz Dubash
Professor, Centre for Policy Research

Ashok Khosla
Chairman, Development Alternatives Group

Sanjay Kirloskar
Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Limited

WRI Indonesia Board of Directors

Dino Patti Djalal
Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Indonesia

Desi Anwar
Senior Journalist and Talk Show Host, Metro TV

Dharsono Hartono
CEO, PT Rimba Makmur Utama

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
Head of Presidential Delivery Unit for Monitoring and Oversight, Republic of Indonesia

Dr. Handry Satriago
CEO, GE Indonesia

Andrew Steer
President and CEO, WRI

Pictured: (From left to right) Edward Davey, WRI; Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility; Kitty vander Heijden, WRI; Minister Gemedo Dalle, Federal Republic of Ethiopia, at the WRI Spring Global Board Meeting in Washington, DC.


WRI Europe Board of Directors

Andrew Steer
President and CEO, WRI

Elizabeth Cook
Vice President for Institutional Strategy and Development, WRI

Kitty van der Heijden
Vice President, WRI Europe and Africa

Janet Ranganathan
Vice President for Science and Research, WRI

WRI Mexico Board of Directors

Cecilia Martínez
Former Regional Director, UN- HABITAT

Rolando Núñez Baza
Head of Latin America, Khan Academy

Ani Dasgupta
Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Sergio Chagoya Díaz
Partner, Santamarina y Steta, S.C.

Adrián Fernández
CEO, Climate Works

Ignacio García
General Director, Cummins Mexico

Ernesto Hanhausen
Managing Director, Emerging Energy and Environment, LLC.

José Saruhkan Kermez
Former Rector of UNAM and Science Adviser of Mexico’s Government

Steve Knaebel
Former Executive President, Cummins

Adriana de Almeida Lobo
Director, WRI Mexico

Enrique Norten
Founder, Ten Arquitectos

Eugene Towle Wachenheim
Managing Partner, Softec Real Estate Consulting

WRI China Advisory Committee Members

The new membership of the China Advisory Council is currently in formation and will be re-constituted in late 2019

Core Functions

Executive Team

Andrew Steer
President and Chief Executive Officer

Manish Bapna
Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Steve Barker
Vice President and Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Elizabeth Cook
Vice President, Institutional Strategy and Development

Kitty van der Heijden
Vice President, Africa and Europe

Renuka Iyer
Chief Human Resources Officer

Lawrence MacDonald
Vice President, Communications

Rebecca Marshall
Chief of Staff

Janet Ranganathan
Vice President, Science and Research

Jocelyn Starzak
General Counsel

Helen Mountford
Vice President, Climate and Economics

Craig Hanson
Vice President, Food, Forests, Water and the Ocean

International & Regional Office Directors

Rachel Biderman

Wee Kean Fong (acting)

Kitty van der Heijden
Africa/Ethiopia and Europe/Netherlands

Om Prakash Agarwal

Nirarta Samadhi

Adriana Lobo

Global Program & Center Directors

Kevin Moss

Ani Dasgupta

Helen Mountford
Climate and Economics

Jennifer Layke

Leonardo Martinez-Diaz

Craig Hanson
Food, Forests, Water and the Ocean

Rod Taylor

Peter Veit (acting)

Betsy Otto

Core Functions

Natalie Elwell
Senior Gender Advisor

Shaila Gupta
Global Director, Finance

Leo Horn-Phathanothai
Director, International Cooperation/ Head of London Office

JP Leous
Director, International Corporate Relations

Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Deputy to the VP, Science and Research

Michael Oko
Global Director, Communications

Shailesh Sreedharan
Global Director, Operations

Wilfred Yartey
Global Accounting Director