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.
John Hope Bryant
Co-Founder, Board Vice-Chairman & Country Chair | United States of America
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. Bryant is known as one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication around the world. An advisor to the last three U.S. presidents, a thought leader, public speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment, Bryant is no stranger to poverty. Born and raised in South Los Angeles’ notorious Compton, California he was homeless for six months.
Finding his way out of poverty, he has dedicated his life to leading the way for others. He recently served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming low-wealth communities into self-sustaining neighborhoods.
Treasurer | United States of America
Kristin Rechberger is CEO of Dynamic Planet, an organization working with governments and businesses to restore nature. Founded in 2012, Dynamic Planet focuses on three areas: economic incentives to help keep places protected effectively, sustainable resource use, and economic and ecological efficiencies in production and consumption through circular economy models.
Current projects around the world include new sustainable fisheries and tourism businesses with no-take marine reserves, holistic destination stewardship strategies, sustainable waste, water, energy and land management on islands and coastlines, and new apps for travelers to connect to places more deeply.
Prior to founding Dynamic Planet, Kristin was Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, where for over 14 years she helped lead its global expansion through the launch and growth of its international cable channels, corporate partnerships, leadership gifts, and the Society’s research, conservation, exploration and education programs. Prior to National Geographic, Kristin lived in Seoul, Korea as a Luce Foundation Fellow and traveled extensively throughout Asia, designing educational systems and producing documentary films.
In 2009 Kristin was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where she has served on the Advisory Council and working groups including oceans, the sharing economy, and the future of global development. Kristin has a public policy degree and documentary film certificate from Duke University and has completed executive programs at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Oxford, and is certified with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
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.
Board Member & Country Chair for Monaco
Marco Fiorese is Co-Founder of The Monaco-Asia Society, a non-profit organization based in Monaco that is dedicated to humanitarian and environmental projects in several countries in Asia, chaired by H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
The organization has been recognized for its multi-million dollar programme of reconstructing villages in Indonesia destroyed by the tsunami; building orphanages and youth training schools in Indonesia, and sustaining a protection programme of new marine life discovered in South-East Asia.
Fiorese is also Co-Founder of CODIMA Group, an independent investment company dedicated to direct investment activities in Europe and Asia, as well as the ZENZEN Co., the first Pan-Asian fast-food chain, which was nominated as best concept in the restaurant industry in Europe in 2007. Fiorese graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University, Italy, and completed his studies at Harvard Business School (PGL).
Board Member & Founding Country Chair for Denmark
Soulaima Gourani is a global speaker, advisor, author and investor based in Austin,Texas and Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an Adviser to some of Scandinavia’s most demanding and ambitious companies, helping them overcome complex challenges and become more professional, passionate players in their industries. Soulaima has worked for multinational companies including Hewlett-Packard and the A.P. Moller Maersk Group.
Soulaima has received a number of prestigious awards, including Rising Star and Talent 2004 by the Danish business magazine Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin. She has an MBA from the Copenhagen Business School, where she now teaches part-time on supply chain management. Soulaima was invited to join as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012.
Dr. Pekka Himanen
Board Member, Co-Founder & Country Chair | Finland
Pekka Himanen is a philosopher and currently teaches as a Professor at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. He previously was Director of the Berkeley Centre for the Information Society. He is one of the internationally best-known researchers on the information age.
He is the author of fifteen books and his work has been translated into 20 languages. He has served as an Adviser to the Finnish Parliament and former President as well as to leading international organizations on the issues of global information societies and ethics. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2005, and in 2012 he was invited as a member of the Club of Rome. Himanen currently works at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, a joint institute of the Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki University.
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.
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.