The ThriveAbility Team
The Independent Trustees of the ThriveAbility Foundation are Paul van Schaik and Gregory Wood. The Executive Chairman of ThriveAbility Global Ltd is Dr Robin Wood and the Development Director is Ralph Thurm supported by an international team of experts in various fields.
Paul van Schaik
Founder of integralMENTORS, a founding Co Director of Integral International Development Centre (Integral Without Borders, now the Integral Without Borders Institute), a founding member of the Integral Institute and Principal Associate/Founder of iSchaik Development Associates. He has 35+ year experience of working in international development – with extensive experience in the education, health, and infrastructure sectors. As Principal Associate of iSchaik Development Associates he has worked with national governments, bilateral and multilateral development organizations and international NGOs to bring an integrally informed approach to programme development, implementation and evaluation, either directly or through the training of operational staff. He has been an Advisor and Consultant to DFID UK, Danida Denmark, European Commission, KfW/GTZ Germany, Sida Sweden, UNICEF, World Bank among others with extensive experience of working in Asia, Africa, Europe and Middle East. As mentor he works with individuals and small groups to develop a deeper understanding of integral praxis and to become more integrally informed practitioners. He has co-hosted Integral without Borders gatherings in Perpignan, France in 2006 and in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 and 2010 and in South Africa 2012. He is currently an Integral Mentor, an International Development Advisor, and is a Trustee of the ThriveAbility Foundation. He is a UK trained and Registered Architect with extensive global experience doing pioneering work with passive solar energy in the 1970 in Africa, on the award wining team for the Burrell Museum in Glasgow and has tutored at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.
In the last 13 years Gregory Wood has, as one of the founders, positioned BoardEx to become the global leader in the emerging field of Relationship Capital Management. Relationship capital is the sum of an organization’s connectivity to the marketplace, both directly and indirectly. Over 250 top investment banks, wealth managers, consultants, lawyers and corporations use the global leadership database and proprietary analysis within their client development activities. In addition, Executive search firms and human resources teams at corporations worldwide use it for candidate identification and executive development. Unlike other firms who rely almost exclusively on technology data sources, BoardEx supports its research efforts with over 250 full-time analysts. The result is highly accurate information that can be used in critical business applications. Prior to BoardEx, Gregory was Director of IQ Financial Services (bought by Deutsche Bank), Global Account Director at Dow Jones Telerate, Bond Broker at Liberty, Director at TNS and The Nielsen Company and Marketing Director at SC Johnson & Son. Boardex
Dr. Robin Wood
Through his passion for transformation and healthy globalisation, Robin has helped a few hundred of the world’s largest organisations catalyze beneficial change. His lifelong passion for the Environmental and Social Justice means he’s been an activist for 40 years, including leading the campaign for Nelson Mandela’s release. 22 years ago he worked with the World Bank to develop the first sustainable energy strategy for the first Rio conference. 20 years ago he helped to create the modern Internet and what we now know as E-Business. Robin has been advising business and political leaders at all levels since then, as an integrally informed practitioner, social entrepreneur and integral leader. Since creating the Renaissance2 Foundation in 2008 at La Tour Apollinaire, his green Chateau in France, Robin has now founded a new Foundation in London to help leaders make more ThriveAble decisions through the ThriveAbility Index. For further information please visit www.rlw.zone
Ralph Thurm is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management and sustainability reporting. With more than 20 years experience working for major corporates, industry federations, governments, NGOs and advisory services globally, Ralph adds value as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, moderator and writer on a huge variety of sustainability topics. During his years at Siemens he was heading the Sustainability Strategy Council, aiming at developing a first global sustainability strategy for Siemens. After that he joined the management team of GRI and as its COO helped to develop and implement the Global Reporting InitiativeÕs strategy to become the industry’s gold standard in sustainability reporting. During his years GRI became one of the largest multi-stakeholder platforms with thousands of the world’s corporations reporting on their sustainability performance. His passion for pushing the sustainability agenda then continued as Director Sustainability Strategies and Innovation at Deloitte Netherlands from 2008-2012. Ralph has accepted various roles as senior advisor at BSD, Sustainalize, Verso and Katerva. He is the Lead Trainer of GRI-certified training at BSD Germany, Technical Expert Council member of the UN Green Industry Platform and Board Member of the Turntoo Foundation. He is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a management consultancy focused on sustainable transformation and strategic advisory. Ralph is a frequent blogger at www.aheadahead.wordpress.com, a very personal logbook on sustainable change.
As a Corporate Sustainability Architect, he helps design systemic transformation at the global as well as organizational level. He specializes in Sustainability Context (as co-founder with Mark McElroy of the Sustainability Context Group) as well as Blended (Online + In-Person) Stakeholder Engagement (as co-founder, with Tom O’Malley, of the Convetit online engagement platform and its sustainability data visualization and benchmarking app, ContextReporting). He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, from multinational corporations such as GE and Walmart to regional cooperatives such as Cabot Creamery; from advocacy NGOs such as Audubon, Ceres, and Worldwatch Institute to global and national standard-setters such as the Global Reporting Initiative and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; and from educational institutions such as Harvard and the Marlboro Sustainability MBA to United Nations entities such as the UN Global Compact and the UN Conference on Trade and Development.
After finishing her MSc with the qualification: Economist in International Economy and Business, Gyöngyi Bolbás was trained at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Representative Office in Brussels-Belgium. Then she became the Consular Assistant at the Consulate of the Republic of Hungary in Spain and Personal Assistant to the Consul. Later she moved to Germany and she was working as general assistant during the organisation of the1st Integral European Conference. Gyöngyi speaks Hungarian, Spanish and English. She is the ThriveAbility Coordinator.