Commissioners

The Business Commission draws upon the expertise of global private sector and civil society leaders to investigate, articulate and amplify the business case for sustainable development.

Amr Al-Dabbagh
Chairman & CEO, Al-Dabbagh Group H.E Amr Al-Dabbagh is the Chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group. Stars Foundation, its global philanthropic arm, aims to impact the lives of 100 million people and their communities by 2020 through its initiatives: Philanthropy University, Stars Impact Awards, Centres of Excellence Grants and the Game Changing initiatives. Al-Dabbagh sits on various international boards including London Business School, Eisenhower Fellowship and Cleveland Clinic’s International Leadership Board. He co-authored his first book, “Governpreneurship” in 2012, and published his second book, “Omnipreneurship” in 2016.
Laura Alfaro
Warren Alpert Professor, Business Administration, Harvard Business School Laura Alfaro is the Warren Alpert Professor at Harvard Business School in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit. Laura was previously Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica from 2010-2012.
Peter Bakker
President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Peter Bakker is a distinguished business leader who until June 2011, was the CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands-based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Under his leadership TNT rose to the forefront of corporate responsibility via a ground-breaking partnership with the UN World Food Programme and ambitious CO2 reduction targets from its Planet Me initiative, holding multiple-year top-ranking positions in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its Second World Congress in Vancouver in June 2010. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and represents 180 million workers in 162 countries and territories, and has 333 national affiliates.
Ho Ching
Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Holdings Private Ltd Ms. Ho Ching is the CEO of Temasek Holdings, a Singapore investment company, and a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore. An active proponent of sustainable development, she is also a patron of Assisi Hospice and advises causes such as the Autism Research Centre.
Bob Collymore
Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited With over 30 years experience in the telecommunications sector, Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system. Bob is a respected thought-leader in the African business space and is passionate about how businesses can transform communities through sustainable and responsible action.
John Danilovich
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) John Danilovich is Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, and was formally the US Ambassador to Brazil and to Costa Rica, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and maritime industry veteran.
Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı
President, Doğan Holding Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı is the President of Doğan Holding, one of the largest groups in Turkey active in diverse sectors, particularly in media, owning several TV channels and print media including the most influential daily Hurriyet newspaper. Mrs. Faralyalı has had 15 years of overseas experience before joining the family-owned Dogan Group, including a consultancy at the NY office of Arthur Andersen and the Monitor Group in London. Mrs. Faralyalı is on the Advisory Boards of Stanford Graduate School of Business and Unicredit Bank.
Hendrik du Toit
Chief Executive Officer, Investec Asset Management Hendrik du Toit is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Investec Asset Management and a director of Investec plc and Investec Ltd. Under his stewardship, Investec Asset Management has grown from a small South African start-up in 1991 to an international asset management firm entrusted with over US$110 billion of client assets.
Richard Edelman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, the leading communications marketing firm, with 65 offices and 5,500 employees worldwide. Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in over 25 industries around the world.
John Fallon
Chief Executive Officer, Pearson plc. John Fallon has been the Chief Executive Officer of Pearson plc since 2013. Prior to his current position, John has had a number of roles with Pearson since joining the company in 1997, including being responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee.
Ken Frazier (2016)
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Co. Inc. Kenneth (Ken) C. Frazier is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc. Ken has held a broad range of senior management positions since joining Merck in 1992, including as president of Merck with responsibility for the company’s three major divisions, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group. Ken sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medical College and other organisations.
Mats Granryd
Director General, GSMA Mats Granryd is Director General of GSMA and a Board member. Mats leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events. Mats brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators. Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson. 
Helen Hai
CEO, Made in Africa Initiative Helen Hai is CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative, which advises the governments of Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal on industrialisation and investment promotion. She is also UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for industrialisation in Africa and co-founder of C&H Garments, a pioneer Pan-African export-oriented garments manufacturer. Helen trained as an actuary in the UK and has 15 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. In 2015 she was named Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and received the African Business Icon Award. 
Svein Tore Holsether
President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International Mr. Holsether is President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara, a leading global fertilizer company committed in its mission to “Responsibly feed the world and protect the planet”. Previously, Mr. Holsether was President and CEO of Sapa AS for four years, prior to which he held a range of executive and senior position in Orkla, Sapa and Elkem. Mr. Holsether has previously served as Director of the Renewable Energy Corporation ASA, and is a member of the Executive Committee for World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Mo Ibrahim
Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation Mo Ibrahim established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa, and Chairman of TPG-Satya, a Joint African Investment Alliance.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women’s World Banking Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and sits on the Board of Directors of Fair Trade USA.
Amy Jadesimi
Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of Nigeria-based LADOL. Prior to joining LADOL, Amy established a financial consulting firm in Nigeria, and Goldman Sachs International. She holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Donald Kaberuka
Former President, African Development Bank Group Donald Kaberuka is a Rwandan economist and is the former president of the African Development Bank from 2005-2015. Prior to this Mr. Kaberuka served as Rwanda’s Finance Minister from 1997-2005, during which time he led the country’s successful economic reconstruction after the end of its civil war.
Lise Kingo
Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Lise Kingo is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and a recognised expert in corporate sustainability. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S.
Jack Ma
Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group Jack Ma is Alibaba Group’s lead founder and executive chairman. Jack currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also chair of The Nature Conservancy's China Board and a member of its Global Board. In 2014, Jack was elected to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. In 2016, he was named a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate by the UN.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown
Chair, Business and Sustainable Development Commission Mark Malloch-Brown is a former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN as well as a previous Administrator of UNDP. He has also served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He remains deeply involved in international affairs.
Andrew Michelmore
Chairman, ICMM Andrew Michelmore has more than 35 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry. Andrew is currently Chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Chairman of the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health and Chairman of the Council of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Andrew strongly believes in supporting the safety, health and education of the people in our local communities.
Sam Mostyn
President, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Sam Mostyn is the President of the Australian Council for International Development. She is also a non-executive Director of Virgin Australia Holdings Limited, Citigroup Pty Ltd, Transurban Group and Cover-More Group Limited in addition to being a Director of Australian Volunteers International, Australia Council for the Arts, Carriageworks, St James Ethics Centre Foundation, the NSW Climate Change Council and ClimateWorks Australia.
Arif Naqvi
Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group Arif Naqvi established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has served as its Group Chief Executive since inception, building it into one of the leading private equity firms in the world. Arif is also a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation, is on the Board of the UN Global Compact, a Columbia Global Leadership Council member and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London.
Mads Nipper
Group President and CEO, Grundfos Before joining Grundfos, Mads Nipper had a long career (1991-2014) in the Lego Group, starting as media consultant and with several managerial positions until his last position as Chief Marketing Officer and member of Group Management (2011-2014). In August 2014, Mads was appointed Group President and CEO of Grundfos. He is a member of several boards, including B&O, and member of the 3GF Advisory Board.
Cherie Nursalim
Vice Chairman, GITI Group Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of GITI Group, a diversified group with real estate development, manufacturing and consumer lifestyle presence throughout the Asia Pacific region. She serves on the International and Asia Advisory Boards for Columbia University and MIT Sloan School of Management respectively. Chairman of the United Nations Global Initiative SDSN-SEA, she also serves on the University of Indonesia Research Center for Climate Change and Singapore Science Center boards. 
Ricken Patel
President and Executive Director, Avaaz.org Ricken is the founding President and Executive Director of Avaaz.org, a global civic movement for social change which has rapidly grown since 2007 into the largest online activist community in the world, with over 40 million members in all 194 countries. Ricken was voted “Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics” by The Huffington Post, and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was also among Foreign Policy’s 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012.
Daniel Pinto
CEO, J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank Daniel Pinto is CEO of J.P. Morgan's Corporate & Investment Bank, an industry leader in investment banking, trading markets and investor services such as cash management, clearing and prime brokerage. He is also a member of the firm's Operating Committee. In 2016, Pinto was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Paul Polman
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. He is also Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of The B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum.
Vineet Rai
Founder, Aavishkaar and Intellecap Group Vineet is Co-Founder and Chairman of Intellecap, Founder & Managing Director of Aavishkaar, serves on the Board of the WISH Foundation and is an advisor to the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development Initiative. Vineet has been working at the intersection of business and development, using finance as a tool for over two decades. Vineet has championed an ecosystem-based investment approach in India and is now replicating it in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Grant Reid
President and CEO, Mars, Incorporated Grant F. Reid holds the title of Office of the President and CEO ofMars, Incorporated, a private, family-owned business with a rich history and some of the best-loved brands in the world. The US$35 billion company includes six diverse business segments— Mars Petcare, Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Mars Food, Mars Drinks and Mars Symbioscience—operating at 421 sites in 78 countries. Founded in 1911, Mars was built on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders,” a tenet that remains ever-present in The Five Principles that unite and guide the company’s 80,000 Associates.
DInara Seijaparova
Chief Finance Officer, National Management Holding 'Baiterek' Dinara Seijaparova is the CFO and Board Member of National Management Holding 'Baiterek' of Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the board of directors of the National Agency of Technical Development of Kazakhstan. Prior to joining Baiterek, she was the CFO of different companies in the oil and gas sectors, overseeing financing operations in the Caspian region including Kashagan, one of the largest and most complex oil projects in the world. She also worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC. She holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Sunny Verghese
Co-Founder and Group CEO, Olam From first sourcing cashew from Nigeria in 1989, Sunny Verghese along with his team has stewarded Olam to make it a leading global agri business which includes a portfolio of 47 agri commodities with operations across 70 countries. Sunny is also the Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, Singapore, and a Director on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore. Sunny also served on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore until 2013 and was the Chairman of CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd.
Gavin Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, IFC Asset Management Company LLC Mr. Wilson has been Chief Executive Officer of IFC Asset Management Company (IFC AMC) since its founding in 2009. He chairs IFC AMC’s Investment Committees and is responsible for its overall strategy and operations. Prior to joining IFC AMC he was a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs in London and worked at McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, IFC and the Bank of England.
Mark Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Across an eventful career Mark has rescued a number of underperforming global companies, consolidating his reputation as a skilled turnaround specialist. Starting out in New Zealand where he was raised, he spent the next 14 years in Asia, culminating in a role as CEO of AIA. Mark Wilson became Group CEO of Aviva in early 2013. He was named in The Sunday Times 2016 list of Britain’s most influential people and was recently named the 2016 UK New Zealander of the year. 
Hans Vestberg (2016)
former CEO of Ericsson Hans Vestberg is a Swedish businessman and the former CEO of telecommunications company Ericsson. Vestberg is also founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he chairs the task group on the post-2015 development agenda. Photo credit: Vogler CC BY-SA 3.0.