The Generation Unlimited Board is the partnership’s primary decision making body. It approves annual strategic priorities and budget, and oversees the GenU Trust Fund, among other functions
Mr. Alan Jope (Chair)
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Joining Unilever in the UK in 1985, Mr. Alan Jope subsequently worked in North America for 14 years and in Asia for 13 years. From 2009 Alan led Unilever's business in China and North Asia, doubling its size and laying important foundations for future success. He was appointed to Unilever’s Leadership Executive in 2011 in his role as President of Unilever’s businesses across North Asia. His previous senior roles have also included President Russia, Africa & Middle East; global category leader for several of Unilever's Foods businesses; and President of Unilever's Home & Personal Care business in North America. Earlier, Alan worked in a number of sales and marketing roles in the UK, Thailand, and the US.
Dr. Tariq Al Gurg
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares
Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009, Mr. Tariq Al Gurg and has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading the UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality education. Dr. Al Gurg has been the driving force behind Dubai Cares’ involvement in global development efforts such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has allowed the organization to play a more effective role as an advocate of universal quality education, strategic convener and information disseminator globally.
Ms. Ilwad Elman
Director, Elman Peace Centre
Currently responsible for designing and overseeing the Elman Peace & Human Rights Centre’s programs with a broad portfolio focus on human rights, gender, justice, protection of civilians, social entrepreneurship, and peace & security, Ms. Ilwad Elman also co-founded the first rape crisis centre in Somalia for survivors of sexual and gender based violence, designing interventions aimed at security sector reform to create an inclusive space for women in peace building, and developing programs for the disarmament and rehabilitation of child soldiers and adults defecting from armed groups for their socio-economic empowerment, rehabilitation and reintegration.
Mr. Per Heggenes
Chief Executive Officer, IKEA Foundation
As CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation, the owner of the Swedish home furnishings company IKEA, Per Heggenes sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Heggenes has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in more than 45 countries. He serves on numerous advisory boards for humanitarian and development organizations and has taken a special interest in helping reform the way the global community works to embrace the rights of refugees and migrants – aimed at positive integration that leads to economic independence and self-reliance.
Mr. Robert E. Moritz
Appointed in 2016, Bob Moritz is the Chairman of the PwC International Network which supports over 276,000 employees in 157 countries. In this capacity, Bob leads a network of PwC firms that serve clients around the globe from multinational companies to start-ups. He is focused on creating a common culture based on quality, ethics, diversity and inclusion and developing a workforce for the future.
Ms. Eva Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director (Partnerships)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Ms. Petri Gornitzka is the Assistant Secretary-General serving as the Deputy Executive Director of Partnerships for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has recently served as the Chair of Development Assistant Committee for the Organization Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), influencing critical policy changes. Prior to joining the OECD, she served as the Director General of Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (2010 – 2016). Before that, she was the Secretary-General of the International Save the Children Alliance (2008 – 2010) and Save the Children Sweden (2003 – 2008), following seven years as Under-Secretary-General and Director of Communication for the Swedish Red Cross (1998 – 2003).
Dr. Kevin Frey
Chief Executive Officer, Generation Unlimited
Kevin has diverse private and public sector experience–as both an entrepreneur and an executive—spanning the education, technology, human capital and international development spheres. Prior to joining Generation Unlimited as CEO in 2021, Kevin was the CEO of Right To Play—an international development organization that works across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to protect, educate, and empower children and youth. Before Right To Play, Kevin spent 15 years in the international and higher education sectors, most recently leading Canada’s top-ranked MBA program at the University of Toronto as the Managing Director. At the age of 27, Kevin founded his first company, TeachAway, which has grown to become the world’s leading international job-matching platform for teachers. Driven by a vision to ensure that every student experiences the power of a great teacher, Kevin went on to co-found online tutoring platform Skooli, and online teacher training and certification company Klassroom. Kevin’s academic background includes an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, where he majored in Philosophy and History; an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from IE Business School, where his research focused on entrepreneurship.
Mr. Joseph Mucheru
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kenya
Appointed Cabinet Secretary by His Exellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2015, Mr. Joe Mucheru was formerly the Google “Sub-Saharan Africa ambassador” as well as Google Country Manager Kenya, based in Nairobi. He joined Google in June 2007 where he lead the delivery of strategy, business planning and operations. Before joining Google, he worked at Wananchi Online, a company he co-founded in 1999. He held various roles at the company including Strategy & Business Director and CEO. He studied at London’s City University and also attended Stanford University’s Executive Program in 2008.
Ms. Mamta Murthi
Vice President for Human Development, World Bank
Mamta started as Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank on July 1, 2020. In this role she oversees the Global Practices for Education, Health, Nutrition, Population, Gender, Social Protection and Jobs, as well as the Human Capital Project. Mamta has held many leadership positions at the World Bank, including as Director of Operations Policy (2019), Director of Strategy and Operations in Infrastructure (2018), Director of Strategy and Operations in the Africa Region (2015-2018), and Regional Country Director for the EU, based in Brussels (2012-15). An economist by training, she has had technical roles in Social Protection and Labor (1996-2004) and Education (2006-10). She was Deputy Director of the World Development Report on Development and the Next Generation in 2006. During 1998-2000, Mamta was MacArthur Fellow for Poverty and Inequality at King’s College, Cambridge.
Mr. Ravi Venkatesan
Special Representative for Young People, UNICEF
Ravi Venkatesan is UNICEF’s special representative for young people. He provides strategic guidance and support to UNICEF globally with high-level outreach, partnerships and scaling up innovations. Venkatesan was the former chairman of the Bank of Baroda between 2015-18 and prior to that as the chairman of Microsoft India, he helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world. He has also served as the chairman of Cummins India and co-Chairman of Infosys.