The Global Initiative Board provide high-level governance and strategic direction, championing its work, and ensuring that the actions of the Global Initiative are consistent with its mandate. The members of the Board provide oversight for the financial, legal, human resources and ethical integrity of the Global Initiative.

Our Board members herald from a range of backgrounds, bringing with them personal experience in fighting organized crime and leveraging political, economic and social actors to respond to the complex policy challenges of illicit economies.

The GI-TOC’s primary oversight Board is global, overseeing the Initiative’s actions and operations throughout the world, providing governance and strategic advice through the organisation’s headquarters in Geneva and its regional office in Vienna.

A Board overseeing work run from the Cape Town and Nairobi offices with a focus on activities in East and Southern Africa brings a focus on that region’s unique needs. The African Board maintains close ties and communication with the global Board and works under its authority. As the organization continues to expand consideration will be given to the appointment of other regional oversight Boards.

We have sought to ensure that the Boards are geographically and gender representative. The global Board has members from every regional of the world with half of the members being women.

Global Initiative Board, 2017-2020

Chair of the Board

Sarah F. Cliffe
Director, Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) Chair, Global Initiative Advisory Board

Board members


Rodrigo Avila
Special Advisor on Security to the Mayor of San Salvador, El Salvador
Gwen Boniface
Independent Expert
Solange Ghernaouti
Director, the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group
Misha Glenny
Investigative journalist, author and broadcaster and an associate professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute
Marc Hofstetter
Deputy Executive Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Kristin Kvigne
Police Commissioner, Head of the Police Department at the National Police Directorate
Nick Lewis
Group Head, Financial Crime Investigations and Intelligence, Financial Crime Compliance, Standard Chartered Bank
Moisés Naím
Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace View Site
Mary Jane C. Ortega
Special Advisor, Y-PORT Center, City of Yokohama & Special Advisor, CITYNET
Gladwell Otieno
Executive Director, Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)

Members of the African Board

Etannibi Alemika
Professor of Criminology, University of Jos, JOS, Nigeria
Peter Gastrow
Senior Advisor, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Gladwell Otieno
Executive Director, Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
Vusumzi (Vusi) Pikoli
African Board member and Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime


Global Initiative Annual Report 2016
Publications 8 May 2017
Global Initiative Annual Report 2015
Publications 17 March 2016