Advisory Board

Team Member Howard W. Buffett – Chair

Lecturer in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Howard W. Buffett is a lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches graduate courses on public sector innovation, partnerships, and social value investing. He also serves on the Management Advisory Board for Columbia’s Earth Institute. Mr. Buffett serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Partnerships Forum.

Team Member Geoff Boehm

Director, Boehm Family Foundation

Geoff Boehm is a practicing attorney admitted in New York and New Jersey. He has a diverse legal practice providing counsel to tax-exempt organizations regarding incorporation, corporate governance, labor and employment issues, applications for and maintenance of tax-exempt status, public policy strategy, permissible political activities, and advocacy.

Team Member David Finn

Chairmann, Ruder Finn

Mr. Finn has had an outstanding career spanning more than fifty years as a key executive in the field of public relations and as a widely published author. As co-founder and chairman of Ruder.Finn, Inc., one of the largest independent public relations firms in the world, he has been a leader in exploring the ethical and philosophical dimensions of public relations as well as in creating innovative approaches that have enhanced its effectiveness and broadened its contributions.

Team Member John Forrer

Director of the GW Center for the Study of Globalization

John Forrer is Director of the GW Center for the Study of Globalization (GWCSG) and associate faculty member of the GW School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He is Administrative Director of the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility and an associate research professor at the GW School of Business.

Team Member Badr Jafar

Managing Director, Crescent Petroleum

Mr. Jafar is Managing Director of Crescent Group, which has been operating from the UAE as a family business group since 1972 and is the parent company of Crescent Enterprises and Crescent Petroleum. Mr. Jafar is Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC and Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a partnership between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV of Austria, MOL of Hungary and RWEST of Germany.

Team Member Babu Lal Jain

President, World BPO Forum

Mr. Babu Lal Jain, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) advises the UN on forging key partnerships and alliances with the private sector to promote the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to which all the member countries are signatories.

Team Member Donald Rubin

Co-Founder of the Rubin Museum of Art

Donald Rubin is Co-Founder of the Rubin Museum of Art and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. He also serves as the museum’s CEO. Shelley and Donald Rubin started collecting Himalayan art in the early 1970s and amassed a large and significant collection, a major portion of which was given to the museum to seed its nascent collection.

Team Member Feike Sijbesma

CEO & Chairman, Royal DSM

Feike Sijbesma (Dutch) studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht and Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (both in the Netherlands).

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