CIGI's Board of Directors provides oversight and governance of the organization's financial stability, executive leadership and overall strategy. It includes global policy experts who provide intellectual guidance to CIGI on the broad scope of its research activities. The board consists of a chair, a treasurer and other directors, one of whom is designated by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Development.

CIGI's senior management implements the organization's strategic plan and directs all aspects of its research program and operational activities.

Board Members

Co-Founder and Former President of Wealhouse Partners, and Treasurer of the CIGI Board of Directors

Scott Burk is a chartered financial analyst and the co-founder and former president of Wealhouse Capital Management, a Toronto-based investment management firm. He has been a member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Board of Directors since 2007 and serves as the treasurer.

Managing Director, Economic Research Forum

Ahmed Galal joined CIGI’s former International Board of Governors in 2003, and now serves on CIGI’s Board of Directors. Currently, he is managing director of the Economic Research Forum. Ahmed served as Egypt’s finance minister between July 2013 and March 2014. 

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President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

Melissa Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, where she brings a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. She served in two US presidential administrations, leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush and spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama.

Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs, serving His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat

Arif Lalani is the head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs, serving His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat, based in Lisbon, Portugal. He joined the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s board of directors in 2016.

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Former President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Maureen O’Neil is the former president of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). Previous positions include president of the International Development Research Centre, interim president of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, president of the North-South Institute, and deputy minister of citizenship, Government of Ontario.

Eminent Ambassador of Mexico

Andrés Rozental was a career diplomat for more than 35 years, having served his country as Mexico’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997, as deputy foreign minister (1988–1994), as the ambassador to Sweden (1983–1988). He was the permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva (1982–1983), and held responsibilities within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. Andrés founded the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and since 1994, he has held the lifetime rank of eminent ambassador of Mexico.

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Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade and Finance, Finance Canada

Paul’s work covers a range of issues across international finance, international trade and international development, including work with the Group of Twenty (G20), International Monetary Fund, multilateral development banks and the World Trade Organization. Current roles include serving as co-chair of the G20 Working Group on the Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth and as Canada’s Finance Deputy for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.   

Senior Management

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

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Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations

As CIGI's chief financial officer and director of operations, Shelley Boettger provides corporate leadership and strategic guidance on all financial aspects of the organization. Shelley is responsible for the management of CIGI’s financial systems and investment portfolios, as well as for managing operations and providing financial advice to senior leadership.

Director of Human Resources

Laura Kacur is the director of Human Resources and is responsible for all aspects of people and culture at CIGI, including talent acquisition and development, employee engagement, total compensation and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining CIGI, Laura held HR leadership positions in Canada and the United States, primarily in the high-tech sector.

Director of Communications and Digital Media

Spencer Tripp leads the development of CIGI’s digital media and communications strategy and presence. A journalist by training and bilingual in English and French, Spencer brings to the role a wealth of strategic, creative and operational leadership experience in intergovernmental, governmental and international non-profit organizations, including NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International.