Board of Directors
Mr. David Arkless is ManpowerGroup’s Global President of Corporate and Government Affairs, a
position he attained December 2008. Mr. Arkless joined Manpower Inc. in 1992.
Mr. Arkless is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and has widespread experience of helping countries to develop their labor market strategies. In 2011, he became Vice President of Ciett, the international confederation of private employment agencies. He is responsible for governmental and international affairs, and as such has been called to advise the governments of China, Mexico, Vietnam, Serbia and Singapore, as well as to the US Department of State, the European Union and the cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian and El Paso/Juarez regarding skills, talent, employment and social policy. In May 2010, he became Vice President of the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC) in Beijing and is an advisor and supporter of the All Party Political Group on East Asia, empowering the Asian diaspora in the UK society and building links between the East Asian and UK business communities. Mr. Arkless also manages ManpowerGroup’s strategic relationships with high-profile organizations such as the World Economic Forum, where he is one of the founding members of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Skills Gap. He also supports partnerships with the European Policy Centre and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is an Ambassador for the Centre For Social Justice, an independent think tank based in the UK.
His global areas of social contribution involve, amongst others, being a highly influential campaigner in the fight to end human trafficking and giving refugees real hope for the future through training and work. Mr Arkless is President of the Board of End Human Trafficking Now, the leading global organization empowering the business community to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery, and is Co-Chairman of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking and co-founder of the Washington Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking organization, launched in the first quarter 2012, a not for profit focusing on mobilizing small to medium sized enterprises against trafficking in the US. He has also been at the forefront of ManpowerGroup’s involvement in www.ninemillion.org, a UN initiative to provide education to the 9 million young refugees all over the world. Mr. Arkless is also a founding member of the Demand Abolition Advisory Council, based in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Arkless serves as an Advisory Board Member of both the International Organization for Migration and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He also serves as a Board Member of Education For Employment, the pre-eminent US-based foundation that helps unemployed young people and the long-term unemployed in the Middle East and Africa. He is also a board member of the Club of The Hague. In 2011, Mr Arkless joined the advisory board of PNB-NAPEO a public-private partnership that exists to better link young entrepreneurs and business leaders in the United States and the Maghreb. Earlier this year, he was voted onto the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum – an organization empowering women and working on inclusion in the Arab world as well as building bi-lateral business links between the Arab world and British business.
He serves as a regular speaker at high profile events including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, European Parliament, UK Parliament & House of Lords Select Committees, US Congressional and Senate committees, and at various internationally renowned business schools. Mr Arkless also leads ManpowerGroup’s involvement with the United States Council on Competitiveness and provides regular expert appearances in national and global media such as the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. Mr Arkless received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham, UK and has completed executive programs at INSEAD, IMD, and the San Jose College of Business. Mr Arkless is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Robert Rigby-Hall is Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) a global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, 26,000 employees and revenues in excess of US$4 billion. With over 25 years of global experience as an HR leader for large global corporations; he is unique in his field in that he has run businesses and lived and worked internationally in the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the United States.
Robert is involved in industry organizations and is a speaker at business conferences around the world, including the Beijing International Publishing Forum, Financial Services Technology Expo, Annual Recruitment Learning Conference, Net Impact Conference, The Human Resource Forum, Global Roundtable on Advanced Management Education Reform, The Vatican / U.S. Department of State – Building Bridges to Freedom, and CEO Connections.
He sits on the Advisory Boards of Kiddy & Partners, Qualigence and The Economist Education. He is the past Chair of Boys Town of New York; past Chair of the Somaly Mam Foundation; and Co-Chair of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking. In 2010 he was awarded the “Business Leader Award” by the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking & UN Global Compact.
He attended Portsmouth University in the United Kingdom and completed the Harvard Executive Development Program and the Kellogg Certificate in Corporate Board Governance at Northwestern University. Robert has three school-age children and lives in Singapore.
Letty Ashworth is currently the Manager of Global Diversity for Delta Air Lines, Inc., the world’s largest airline. As manager of Global Diversity, Letty has oversight of the strategy and implementation of diversity initiatives for the company. As part of the broader HR group, she works closely with recruiting, marketing and community affairs. She also has oversight of the company’s Employee Network Groups and an external Diversity Alliance comprised of corporate, non-profit and educational representatives from the Atlanta community.
Jeffrey Avina is the Director of Citizenship and Community Affairs
Director for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, a region covering 79
countries. Jeffrey and his team promote Microsoft in its keen desire
to spread the benefit of IT throughout all communities. His principal
counterparts are Government Ministries, International Development
agencies (including the World Bank, European Community, African
Development Bank, USAID, the UN etc.) international and national
NGO’s. His current work focuses on helping these organizations use
IT effectively to help these partners meet the development needs
and challenges of the diverse populations in this region, particularly,
youth, women, and the poor and disenfranchised.
Jeffrey Avina holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Education from the Stanford University School of Education and two Bachelor degrees from Stanford University in International Relations and Latin American Studies.
He has worked both in the public and private sector. His work has focused on cross-cutting issues affecting economic growth, effective public administration, good governance, addressing crime, particularly corruption, cybercrime and drug, weapons and human trafficking. He has received various awards for his work throughout the world and has published on developmental and political topics in English and Spanish. He has been licensed as a lawyer to the New York and Connecticut Bars.
At the United Nations, he served a Director of Operations for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. In this capacity, he oversaw global network of 30 field offices and 4 regional desks promoting knowledge-based expertise in the context of sustainable development and human security, anti- corruption and facilitating the development by Governments of effective counter-measures against drug abuse, illicit drug production and trafficking, human trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime. Also at the UN, Jeffrey carried out assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America at the level of Deputy Director, Representative and Deputy Representative level.
He also worked for the Inter-American Foundation and for the Wall Street law firm of Clearly Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, and specialized in the representation of highly indebted nations and the tailoring of debt conversion and debt swap vehicles.
Jean Baderschneider is Vice President, Global Procurement, ExxonMobil. She is responsible for all procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, warehousing, and accounts payable world-wide.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Supply Management and the Executive Board of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She was appointed to the Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council of Minority Business Enterprises in February 2011. She is a past board member of The Center of Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) and the Procurement Council of both The Conference Board and the Corporate Executive Board.
Jean serves as the Chair of the National Advisory Council of The Polaris Project. She is also on the Advisory Board of End Human Trafficking Now. In addition, she is on the Board of Trustees for the Maret School in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the ILR School at Cornell University and a long time member of Cornell’s President’s Council of Cornell Women. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
David Berdish is the Manager of Social Sustainability at Ford Motor Company. He has been at Ford since 1983 and has worked in Production, Program Management, Finance, and Organizational Learning. He received his BA (Labor Economics, American Poetry) from the University of Michigan and his MS (Labor Relations, Operations Research) from Virginia Commonwealth University.
David was the lead designer of and is responsible for the Ford Human Rights Code of Working Conditions, including assessment and compliance; identification of emerging issues (e.g., conflict minerals) and stakeholder engagement. He is also leading the development of the Ford Motor Company sustainable water strategy, including direct operations, supply chain, research, stakeholder engagement and community efforts. Finally, David is the program manager to understand urban markets, megacity mobility and non-traditional transport. David has worked with cities in the United States, South Africa, India and Brazil to integrate information technology, infrastructure, and the role of alternative and electric vehicles into sustainable mobility solutions.
David is a member of the Sustainable Mobility Accessibility Transformation Research (SMART) and working with the George Washington University on important global human rights issues and concerns. He is adjunct professor at the University of Michigan and on Advisory Boards at the University of Michigan Erb Institute, Georgia Tech Sustainability Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Sustainable Transportation Initiative in Richmond (Virginia). David has published several articles—the most recent were in Current Anthropology, April, 2011 and Practicing Sustainability, Springer Press, January, 2012.
Dawn Conway is the Senior Vice President of Global Content Licensing.
As Senior Vice President of Global Content Licensing for Cision US, Inc. based in Chicago, Dawn is responsible for acquiring and retaining all content in support of Cision’s global businesses, including news monitoring and media database services.
She is an attorney and member of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Dawn is the recipient of the 2011 Nomi Network Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
She is a frequent speaker on the role of business in combating human trafficking. Her recent public speaking engagements include Human Trafficking: Why Companies Should Care sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers; Global Women’s Initiative: creating the ripple effect sponsored by Womenetics; The Role of Business in Human Trafficking, Social Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Business; CSR and Human Trafficking What Every Business Needs to Know and the World Justice Forum III; Human Trafficking and The Rule of Law.
Dawn is the co-author of Doing Well by Doing Good “CSR for Bars” published in the Spring 2012 Bar Leader Magazine, an ABA publication. Prior to joining Cision, Dawn held key leadership positions with LexisNexis in corporate responsibility, global licensing and business development.
Deborah Cundy is Vice President, Office of the Chairman
In her capacity, Ms. Cundy reports to Carlson Chairman Marilyn Carlson Nelson and assists with communications and project management for activities involving diversity, corporate responsibility, philanthropy and anti-trafficking activities. She has collaborated with the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, ECPAT USA, The Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Foundation on various initiatives to promote women’s empowerment as well as combat human trafficking at the global and local level. She has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding Carlson’s activities to combat child sex trafficking and served as a panelist representing business’ engagement in this issue at numerous forums. Ms. Cundy instructs at the University of Minnesota on Carlson’s anti-trafficking work to graduate students interested in cross-sector solutions to societal issues. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She serves on the advisory board at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon(Founding Counselor)
Mark P. Lagon is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs, and International Relations and Security Chair, at the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Founding Counselor of GBCAT and serves on its Board of Directors.
Lagon was previously Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. Government’s national anti-trafficking hotline (1-888-3737-888).
Previously, with rank of Ambassador, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State, until January 2009. As such, he chaired by statute the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating all U.S. agencies efforts to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally.
From 2004 to 2007, Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, where he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach.
Lagon previously served as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on UN, democracy and human rights (2002-2004).
From 1999 to 2002, he was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations and human rights.
Previously he won a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, where he specialized on U.S. policymaking toward in China (1998-1999); served at House Republican Policy Committee (1997-1998); worked for former UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick as her principal aide at the American Enterprise Institute. He has taught previously in the Government Department and the Security Studies Programs of Georgetown University, and at the Institute of World Politics.
Dr. Lagon is currently on the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies, as well as the Advisory Board of ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes).
He is author of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter, and dozens of published essays on human trafficking, human rights, the UN, and U.S. policy making, notably regarding China. He has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College. He is married to Dr. Susan Sullivan Lagon, another political scientist. Their daughter, Elena, is a Duke undergraduate.
John E. Pepper, Jr.(Founding Counselor)
Mr. Pepper spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002. He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.
John E. Pepper, Jr. currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.
Pepper also serves on the Board of the Stellar Restaurant Group (Boloco) and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow.
A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.
Ed Potter is currently Director, Global Workplace Rights for The Coca-Cola Company.
He is currently the Chairman of the Labor and Employment Policy Committee, U.S. Council for International Business and a member of President Obama Administration’s Consultative Group focusing on forced and child labor in agriculture.
He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee on Free Trade Agreements. Since 1997, he has held the role of the U.S. Employer Delegate of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In 1998, Ed was the employer spokesperson for the negotiation of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Since 2005, he has held the role of the employer spokesperson for the ILO Committee on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, which holds countries accountable for their obligations resulting from the ratification of ILO conventions.
He has an extensive background in international labor, workplace rights and employment law issues, with 26 years’ experience as attorney.
He holds a BA, Economics, Michigan State University and a Master’s, Labor Economics and Collective Bargaining from Cornell University. He holds a law degree from American University.
Kenneth Thompson, II
Kenneth Thompson, II is Senior Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer for the global legal business of LexisNexis. He is a member of the Management Committee and the principal legal advisor to the Global CEO.
In his global role, Mr. Thompson not only leverages his core areas of expertise ranging from intellectual property, acquisitions and divestiture to regulatory and Internet security issues, he also has transformed the company’s in-house corporate counsel function from a distant advisory wing to a legal services organization, trusted by leadership and deeply embedded in the company’s day-to-day operations. This culture shift has been accomplished by emphasizing a business perspective, which has enabled the company’s lawyers to operate not just as lawyers, but also as business advisors, free to challenge and ask the right questions.
Mr. Thompson joined LexisNexis in 2001 from a highly respected Cincinnati, Ohio law firm. One of their youngest partners and a member of the firm’s executive committee, Mr. Thompson significantly built out their business in the technology sector during his 15-year relationship with the firm. In the process, he was admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He is also admitted to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Mr. Thompson is currently the co-chair of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, a pro bono partnership between ACC and PBI. Formerly, he chaired the Ohio State Bar Association’s Computer and High Technology Law Committee, and he was a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section Board of Governors and its Council of Delegates.
Mr. Thompson has a B.A. degree from Capital University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. His broad expertise makes him an authoritative and highly engaging public speaker on a range of issues: intellectual property, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate responsibility, regulatory and Internet security.
Dirk J. Vande Beek
Dirk J. Vande Beek is Senior Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs for Travelport. In this role, Dirk provides strategic direction and manages relationships with governments and international organizations through strategic and tactical global public affairs programs. Dirk also directs Travelport’s Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic programs and projects.
Dirk joined Travelport from CA, formerly Computer Associates Inc., where he was instrumental in creating and managing its government relations function. Previously, Dirk served as Vice President of Public Relations for The Coca-Cola Company, where he developed and implemented global public relations strategies. Dirk also served as Global Manager of Public Relations at the Halliburton Company.
Dirk’s experience in Washington D.C. includes serving as the Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney in the 2000 Presidential Campaign, as well as Deputy Director of Communications for the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee. From 1988-1993, he was Senior Assistant to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He also served in the Communications Department in the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 1993, Dirk was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for his service to the U.S. Federal Government.
Dirk holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.