Making policies work


The ECDPM Board of Governors is composed of highly respected policymakers, practitioners and specialists from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. The full Board convenes at least twice a year to review ECDPM’s substantial areas of work through the annual work plan and annual report. From among its members, the Board chooses the Executive Committee, which meets at least three additional times each year. Among other things, it reviews the mid-year and annual balance sheets and income and expenditure statements.

Board members


Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi

Regional Director for Africa and West Asia Programme, International IDEA Nationality: Nigerian Chairman of the Board


Mr. Koos Richelle

Former Director-General at the European Commission, respectively for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; EuropeAid Co-operation; and DG Development Nationality: Dutch Vice Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Board Executive Committee

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Mrs. Ruth Jacoby

Former Director General for International Development Cooperation at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Former Ambassador of Sweden to Italy and Germany, Former Member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force, Former Chair of the Board Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) of the World Bank Nationality: Swedish Member of the Board


Amb. Maria de Jesus Veiga Miranda

Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabo Verde Nationality: Cape Verdean Member of the Board


Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki

CEO of NEPAD, member of the ECOSOC Independent Team of Advisors to support the Sustainable Development Goals, and former Prime Minister of Niger Nationality: Nigerien Member of the Board


Prof. Alan Hirsch

Director of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town Nationality: South African Member of the Board, member of the Board Executive Committee


Mr. Jean-Claude Boidin

Former Head of Unit at DG International Cooperation and Development (European Commission), former EU Ambassador to Madagascar Nationality: French Member of the Board


Mrs. Betty Maina

Former Chief Executive at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, member of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Nationality: Kenyan Member of the Board

Board advisors

Mr. Dieter Frisch

Former Director-General for Development at the European Commission Nationality: German Honorary Advisor to the ECDPM Board of Governors on European External Affairs, former Vice Chairman of the ECDPM Board, former Chairman of the Board Programme Committee