Meet Our Leadership
Board of Directors
In the fall of 2016, Global Dignity’s Founders recruited a new and expanded Board of Directors to lead the organization in its second decade. The individuals on our Board are united by a deep commitment to values of tolerance, understanding, compassion, justice and equality. Each member of our Board brings ideas, energy and connections to strengthen Global Dignity’s work. Many of our current Board members also lead Global Dignity activities in their home countries.
John B. Osborn
Board Chairman | United States of America
John Osborn is CEO of OMD USA based in New York City. He joined OMD after serving for over twelve years as President and Chief Executive Officer of BBDO New York, which he joined in 1991. John has been actively involved with many of the agency’s clients including FedEx, GE, Sony, Lowe’s, Monster and Mars. He began his BBDO career with Pepsi and was the principal architect of the agency’s integrated marketing efforts, expanding the agency’s service offerings to include digital marketing, direct, CRM, custom-publishing and more.
John was named President and CEO of BBDO New York in February 2004. In January 2006, BBDO was named “Agency of the Year” by all of the leading trade publications (Ad Age, Adweek and Campaign).
John has served as a Board member with a number of nonprofits, including the “New York Miracle” campaign, which helped lift the spirits of New Yorkers in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Red Cross, New York Region and the Police Athletic League of New York. He serves on the Boards of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the New York Chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and the Dartmouth College Alumni Club of New York City. He’s an active supporter of New York University’s Child Studies Center as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, for whom he has served as a mentor to Cory Collins for eleven years.
In recognition of his accomplishments, in 2003 John was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, which honors people 40 years of age or under for their contributions to business. He has also been named to the Crain’s New York Business list of “40 under 40” as well as BtoB magazine’s “Who’s Who in BtoB.” In 2006, John was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. John earned his BA at Dartmouth, is married to Lesley and is the proud father of a daughter, Caroline and a son, John Jr.
Secretary & Country Chair for Canada
As the CEO and Co-Founder of MC2 and M&C Consulting, Giovanna plays the dual role of international technology entrepreneur and thought leader. An expert on gamification of social engagement, politics and crowdsourcing, she has been an active contributor to events such as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, The Hill Times, CBC/Radio-Canada amongst other media outlets. She has served in the press office of a former Prime Minister of Canada and has been a Parliamentary witness, speaking to the importance of young women in elected politics. In 2015 she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and a Top 45 Creative by Origin Magazine. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and graduated from Carleton University with an Honours degree in Political Science and International Relations.
Ruma Bose is a social entrepreneur. She most recently served as President of Chobani Ventures and the Chobani Foundation, working directly with the founder, Chairman and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. In 2014 Ruma executed the launch of TENT, Hamdi Ulukaya’s philanthropic foundation. As President of TENT, she positioned the foundation as a key organization working to respond to the global refugee crisis. Ruma led the creation of the TENT Alliance, a unique coalition of leading companies working on refugee issues, as well as the TENT Challenge, which provides grants to incentivize innovative, entrepreneurial and scalable solutions to the myriad challenges facing refugees.
Ruma co-authored the international best-selling book, “Mother Theresa CEO” which has been translated into eight languages. The book describes the management and leadership principles of Mother Theresa, who Ruma worked with in Calcutta as a student, and explains how the principles can be applied to businesses and nonprofits alike.
Ruma sits on the corporate advisory boards of Purpose Capital, Anthrotronix, Clearbanc, Fonderie 47, Vanu Africa, and is a member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). She is also on the Advisory Boards of Canada 2020 and the Nexus Youth Summit, a next generation global network of 3,000 ultra-high net worth philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and the Global Entrepreneurs’ Council of the United Nations Foundation.
Ruma is also a Global Ambassador for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She is a frequent keynote speaker at entrepreneurship, humanitarian and philanthropy related conferences and gatherings around the world. She has been featured in publications including the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.
Dr. Pekka Himanen
Board Member, Co-Founder & Country Chair | Finland
Pekka Himanen is one of the internationally best-known researchers of the Information Age whose works have been translated into 20 languages from Americas to Asia. He is a Co-Founder of Global Dignity. For more, see www.pekkahimanen.net.
Board Member & Country Chair for Bangladesh
Runa Khan is Founder and Executive Director, Friendship Bangladesh, a nonprofit organization which integrates innovation into development work to create lasting, real change. She is also the Founding Member of Friendship International Board, which now operates in five countries.
Runa is an author of six books on practical teaching methodologies and two children’s
story books. She is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur Fellow with the World Economic
Forum, and has received numerous awards including the Ashoka Fellowship in
recognition for work developing innovative teaching methodology (1994); the Rolex
Award for Entrepreneurship (2006); SCWEC Women Entrepreneur Excellence Award
Beatrix Morath is Managing Director and Country Head, Switzerland of AlixPartners. AlixPartners is an advisory company that works on matters of high and strategic importance, including issues that materially affect the future of organizations, often in situations of extreme pressure and high stakes. Beatrix has been active with Global Dignity for over five years and serves on several for-profit and nonprofit Boards.
Board Member & Country Chair for Poland
Jacek Olechowski is a private investor focused on media. Businesses in which he is involved include: Change Integrated, CEE’s largest and most awarded independent marketing group, EMLab SA, a publicly listed experiential marketing company and Rankomat.pl – Poland’s first direct insurance aggregator. He sits on the supervisory boards of two other public companies: Kolastyna SA and Internity SA (luxury retail.) Jacek is the Polish Vice-President of the International Advertising Association, where he helped launch the industry’s first CSR programme and is a Judge on the Advertising Ethics Committee.
He is a Vice-President of the Polish Business Roundtable, Poland’s most select business association and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He is a recipient of Newsweek’s Keep Walking award (2007). Olechowski holds an MA from the Warsaw School of Economics.