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The Executive Board is responsible for developing and implementing ICC’s strategy, policy and programme of action and for overseeing the financial affairs of the world business organization. 

In particular, it is responsible for recommending to the ICC World Council the appointment of the ICC Chairmanship and Secretary General as well as approving all policy documents.

Executive Board members

Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani
(Qatar) 2020-2023
Chair, ICC Qatar; Head of the Competition Protection and Anti-Monopoly Committee, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Qatar); Chairman, Al Dar Exchange Company; First Vice Chairman, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce; Vice Chairman, Doha Insurance Company; Active Board Member of several Arab-Foreign Joint Chambers of Commerce and the Union of Arab Chambers; Executive Committee member, the Union of Arab Chambers; former Chair, the Federation of Gulf Chambers of Commerce (FGCCC);
Fredrik Cappelen (Sweden) 2019-2022
Past Chair, ICC Sweden; CEO, Nobia; Chair, Dustin; Chair, Byggmax; Chair, Securitas; Chair, Transcom; Chair, Carnegie Investment Bank; Chair, Cramo OY); Owner, Eterna
Nayla Comair-Obeid 2019-2022
Founding partner, Obeid Law Firm; Professor of Private Law and International Commercial Arbitration, Lebanese University- Faculty of Law
Sebastian Escarrer
(Spain) 2020-2023
Chairman, ICC Spain; Member, the ICC Policy and Commissions and the Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Committees; Chairman, the Progress in Management Association in the Balearic Islands; Vice Chairman, the Spanish National Board; Member, the Wharton Board of Overseers; former Chairman, Wharton EMEA Board (Europe, Africa and the Middle East); former Chairman, Exceltur; Vice-President of the Council of Tourism of the CEOE; Member, the “Premium Brands Fund Advisory Board” of the Swiss bank Pictet; Member, the Caixabank Advisory Board in the Balearic Islands; Member, the “SERES Foundation”; Member, the “Princesa de Girona Foundation”;
Daniel Feffer (Brazil) 2018-2021
Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Suzano Papel e Celulose S/A; Vice-President of the Board and CEO, Fundacao Arymax; President, Instituto Ecofuturo; Member, Institute of Research for Industrial Development (IEDI); Member, Competitive Brazil Movement; Member, Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo; Chair, ICC Brazil; Board Member, Institute of International Relations and Foreign Trade (IRICE)
Dario Gallina
(Italy) 2020-2023
CEO, Dott.Gallina s.r.l.; CEO, Gallina USA l.l.c.; Member of the Board, G.A. Plastics s.a.; President, Gallina India Priv.Ltd; President, Gallina Eurasia Polikarbonat Sistemleri Sanay Ve Tic.Ltd Sti; CEO, Gallina Deutschland Gmbh; Member of the Board, Dott.Gallina Poland sp.zo.o; Member of the Board, Proimpianti s.r.l.; President, Chamber of Commerce of Torino; President, Unione Industriale Torino, the Employers’ Association of Torino; Member of the General Council, Confindustria, the Italian Employers’ Association; Vice President, Confindustria Piemonte , the Regional federation of the Employers’ Associations; Past President of Small and medium-sized enterprises group, Unione Industriale Torino, the Employers’ Association of Turin; Member of the Nord-West of Italy Advisory board, Unicredit Bank
María Fernanda Garza Merodio (Mexico) 2020-2022
First Vice Chair , CEO, Orestia S.A de C.V.; former Executive VP, Mascomex S.A. de CV; former President, ICC Mexico; Regional Coordinator for the Americas, ICC; Chair, Global Networks Committee of the ICC Executive Board; Member Governing Body, ICC Court; former Vice president, COPARMEX;
Robert Gutsche (Germany) 2018-2021
Chief Executive Officer of IFA Rotorion, Foerderkreis Freunde der Komischen Oper Berlin; Deputy Chair of the Board, Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung; Member of the Board, ICC Germany
Candace Johnson (Luxembourg) 2019-2022
Vice-Chair, NorthStar Earth and Space; Chair, Advisory Board of Seraphim Space Capital; Co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and Chief Architect of SES Global; Founding President, Europe Online Investments; Founder, Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe; Co-founder, Oceania Women’s Network Satellite; Member, Kacific Satellite System Board; Founding President, Association of Private Telecom Operators; Founding President, Global Telecom Women’s Network; Former President, EBAN, the European Business Angel and Early-Stage Investment Network (2014-2018); Co-Founder, ABAN – African Business Angels Network, MBAN, MENA Business Angels Network, Global Business Angels Network; Non-Executive Director, SES-ESL; President Johnson Paradigm Ventures
Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
(Indonesia) 2020-2023
CEO, Sintesa Group; Vice Chairwoman, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia); Vice Chairwoman, Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO); President, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD); President, Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE); Founder, Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN); Member, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Indonesia;
Giampiero Massolo (Italy) 2018 – 2021
President, Fincantieri S.p.A (2016) and of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies – ISPI (2017). Former Coordinator of the Italian Intelligence Community (2012-2016), Prime Minister of Italy’s personal representative (Sherpa) for the G8 and G20 Summits (2008-2009), Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012). Adjunct professor of National security studies at the School of Government of the LUISS University in Rome and regular contributor on international and security matters to the newspaper “La Stampa”.
Valentina Mintah (Ghana) 2020-2023
Founder, West Blue Consulting; Member, the UN CEFACT; Member, the African Alliance on e-Commerce;
Xu Niansha (China) 2018-2021
Chair, China Poly Group Corporation; Vice Chair, CCOIC; Chair, ICC China Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption
Takeshi Niinami (Japan) 2020-2023
CEO, Suntory Holdings; former CEO of Lawson, Inc.; Member of the Council on Social Security Reform for All Generations; Vice Chair, Board of Councillors of Keidanren – Japan Business Foundation; Vice Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives; Member, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council; Member, the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Member, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations; Member, the Business Council in the US; former Senior Economic Advisor, the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy;
Frank Ning (China) 2018-2021
Chair of Board, Sinochem Group; Former Chair of COFCO Corporation and Former Vice Chair and President of China Resources (Holdings) Co. Ltd, Hong Kong; Member of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC; Member of the “13th Five-Year Plan” National Development Planning Expert Panel; Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Working Group of APEC Business Advisory Council; Chair, APEC China Business Council; Chair, Trade & Investment Taskforce for B20
Patrick Obath (Kenya) 2020-2023
Managing Consultant, Eduardo Associates; Director, Trade Mark East Africa, East African Business Council (EABC), Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC), Afren Plc, Standard Chartered Bank; Steering Committee member of Global Green Growth Forum Kenya Chapter, Chair, Director and Programme Leader, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) various sectors.
Anne Veronique Schlaepfer (Switzerland) 2019-2022
Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee, International Bar Association; Partner, White & Case; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member, London Court of International Arbitration
Harsh Pati Singhania (India) 2020-2023
Director, J K Organisation; Vice-Chair and Managing Director, J K Paper Ltd; Past President, ICC India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Jane Jie Sun (China) 2020-2023
CEO, Trip.com Group Limited; Member of the Board of Directors, Trip.com Group Limited; Member of the JP Morgan Asian Advisory Board; Vice Chair of the World Travel
& Tourism Council; Co-Chair of the Development Advisory Board of University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute; Board member and Business Leaders Group committee member of Business China; Member of the Asia Society Board
of Trustee;
Philippe Varin (France) 2019-2022
Chair of the Board of Directors, Areva; Member, Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain; Chair, Le Cercle de l’Industrie; Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development for ASEAN countries; Chair, ICC France
Kok Seng Vong (Macao) 2019-2022
Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Macao Chamber of Commerce and ICC Macao; Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Macao Importers & Exporters Association; President, Macao Shipping & Logistics Association; General Committee President, Macao Consumer Council
Zabihullah Ziarmal (Afghanistan) 2018-2021
CEO, Cefe Group International; Founding Member and First Vice-Chair, ICC Afghanistan

Ex-officio 

Hamad Buamim Chairman 2019-2021
ICC World Chambers Federation
Sunny Verghese ex officio WBCSD
Chair, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Governance Committee

Patrick Obath Chair
Emmanuel Jolivet Secretary
Hamad Buamim, Emmanuel Jolivet, Nayla Comair-Obeid, Harsh Pati Singhania, Sebastian Escarrer Members

Finance Committee

Philippe Varin Chair
Remi Faure Secretary
Robert Gutsche, Patrick Valroff, Hamad Buamim, Jane Sun, Pierre Le Moine  Members

Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services

Michael McIlwrath Chair
Emmanuel Jolivet Secretary
Laureanne Delmas, Maria Fernanda Garza, Pierrick Le Goff, Yves Derains, Vera van Houtte, Maria Varsellona, Justin D’Agostino Members
Ajay Banga, John Denton, Alexis Mourre, Alex Fessas  Ex-officio

Nominations and Human Resources Committee

Ajay Banga Chair
John Denton  Secretary
Paul Polman, Maria Fernanda Garza, Patrick Obath Members

Policy Commissions Committee

Fredeik Cappelen Chair
Andrew Wilson Secretary
Candace Johnson, Cherie Nursalim, Patrick Obath, Anne Veronique Schlaepfer, Philippe Varin, Valentina Mintah Members

Global Networks Committee

Maria Fernanda Garza Chair
Julian Kassum Secretary
Alexis Mourre, Harsh Pati Singhania, Kok Seng Vong, Daniel Feffer, Yassin Al Suroor, Xu Niansha, Zabihullah Ziarmal, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Dario Galina Members
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