Advisory Board members are a collective of passionate individuals dedicated to the Institute’s vision, mission, core values and strategic objectives. 

The Advisory Board champions two key UNITAR tenets: leave no one behind; and reach the furthest behind first. Advisory Board members support our vision and mission through the thoughtful analysis of the Division’s strategic planning and programme implementation, designed to affect long-term change that creates sustainable impact and empowers people and institutions to act as multipliers for positive change.  

UNITAR draws on the vast relevant expertise and knowledge of Advisory Board members in order to ensure that the Division remains on the cutting edge of offering training, technical assistance and knowledge sharing opportunities that strengthen the capacities of government authorities and policy makers, to develop and implement strategies towards social inclusion. In addition, Advisory Board members offer the comprehensive assessment of Division activities to ensure that the quality standards adopted in compliance with the UNITAR mandate and UN guidelines are respected and well-integrated in everything we do.

The UNITAR Division for Prosperity Advisory Board members include:  

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Michael A. FORS

Michael A. Fors

Executive Leader, Corporate Division and Business Unit Development

Michael A. Fors, Ph.D., is Executive Leader of corporate division and business unit development at Boeing.  His team works to transform the business and develop workforces systematically as part of the 4th industrial revolution.  Before Boeing, he was an Executive Leader at Microsoft, digitally transforming Microsoft divisions.  Michael led a P&L comprised of 350 ex-CIO consultants, who digitally transform Microsoft customers.  Michael also led a business strategy team working across Microsoft divisions.

Before Microsoft, Michael was Chief Learning Officer of Intel University.  Michael is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Washington, teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, the Future of Work, and Leadership/Executive Development.  Michael is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Global Engineering Deans’ Council, ReWork America, & the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies.  Michael is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Division for Prosperity, leading United Nations programmes for post conflict and developing nations.

Linda A. HILL

Linda A. Hill

Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative
Harvard Business School

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on leadership. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015. Hill is the author or co-author of several award-winning articles and books including Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership. Hill’s TED talk on how to manage for collective creativity has over 2 million views.

Hill’s research and consulting focuses on leadership development, leading change and innovation, and implementing global strategies. In 2014, she co-founded Paradox Strategies—an advisory and research firm that advises organizations and boards on leadership and innovation. 

Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of Relay Therapeutics and the Board of Trustees of the ArtCenter College of Design. She serves on the advisory boards of several organizations including the American Repertory Theater, the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Eight Inc., the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She sits on the board of the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. and is a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College.

Hill completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago. She has a B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.


Toshiya Hoshino

Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University

Toshiya Hoshino is the Professor of Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan. Until July 2020 for three years, Dr. Hoshino served as an Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York in charge of socio-economic and budgetary affairs. His previous positions have included: Vice-President (Global Engagement) of Osaka University; Minister-Counsellor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN; Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; Guest Scholar at Columbia University; Visiting Fellow, Princeton University; and Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States. He graduated from Sophia University, Japan, completed a Master's at the University of Tokyo, and received his PhD from Osaka University.

Hans Jürgen HOYER

Hans Jürgen Hoyer

Executive Secretary

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer serves as the Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) and the Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). Dr. Hoyer is also a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, Global Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland BC, and co-founder of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE). He is co-founder and advisor of the African, Asian and Latin American Engineering Deans Councils, and works closely with the OAS and UNESCO, where he serves on their Advisory Council. He is also the co-founder of SPEED, a global engineering student organization that conducts engineering student capacity building worldwide.

Prior to 2006, Hans J. Hoyer was CEO of World Links, a spin-off of the World Bank. Dr. Hoyer has led several international development programmes, including CARE, Plan International, and Heifer International. In these latter roles, he was responsible for raising financial resources from a multitude of donors including government agencies, the World Bank, IAB, several foundations, corporations and private donors. Dr. Hoyer has served with Nelson Mandela on the board of directors of El Taller, a global civil society network headquartered in Tunisia and was also on the staff of the Inter American Foundation, created by the U.S. Congress to support socio-economic development throughout Latin America/Caribbean. He was on Hewlett Packard’s e-Inclusion Global advisory board related to their scientific and engineering work in South Africa and founding member of the Board of the Engineering for the Americas (EftA) initiative under the umbrella of the OAS.

Dr. Hoyer earned his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C. As a post-doctoral fellow with the Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Hoyer carried out research in the Rio de la Plata region of South America. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at MIT, a Fellow at Harvard’s School of Education and visitor at the Kennedy School of Government. He was dean of the graduate program at the School for International Training, World Learning and Executive Director of the Executive Training Program for global governmental and NGO leaders in Brattleboro, Vermont. Presently, he is an Honorary Professor at universities in Hungary, India, Kazakhstan and Peru. He currently serves on the Governing Board of the International Center for Engineering Education/UNESCO/ Tsinghua University; Strategic Advisory Board of UNESCO’s second Ten Year Report on Global Engineering; as co-founder and Advisory Board member of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) and Information Technology in Higher Education and Training (ITHET); and Global Advisor to SUSTech, Shenzhen, China and Beihang University School of Engineering, China.

Ashleigh OWENS

Ashleigh Owens

Senior Advisor

Ashleigh is a Senior Advisor with Shift, a New York based non-profit that works with a wide range of government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, trade unions, major investors and financial institutions to provide companies around the world with practical, context-specific advice on how to ensure respect for human rights. Ashleigh leads Shift’s work with financial institutions and investors, supporting them to model and move markets to reward respect for human dignity. Prior to relocating to NYC in 2018, Ashleigh was Executive Director at EY Climate Change & Sustainability Services in Tokyo, in which role she helped leading companies to embed sustainability into their strategy, operations and disclosures. She was previously a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills in the Dispute Resolution team, advising on labour, competition and international law matters. As social expectations of companies began racing ahead of legal obligations, she headed to EY and then Shift, by way of the United Nations University, OHCHR and the UN Global Compact, to work together with companies and standard setters as they shape the capitalism of the future. She has a Master of Science in Sustainability from the United Nations University, a Bachelor of Laws and a degree in Asian Studies, and is fluent in Japanese.


Beat Stettler

Founder/Managing Director
Innotain Suisse

Beat Stettler has an accomplished and entrepreneurial professional with 15+ years of continuous success and expertise in maximising productivity through quality and sustainability management within international jurisdictions.

Beat demonstrated success in catalysing the sustainable business case through the development and operationalization of future-oriented quality and sustainability strategies in both local and multinational business environments. Adept at delivering business value through leading indicators for quality, food safety and sustainability.

He is an expert in evaluating product and service offers from different perspectives, ensuring they satisfy customer and consumer expectations and comply with internal and external policies and regulations.


Jos Verbeek

Manager/International Development Expert

Jos Verbeek, a Dutch national, has had a 30-year career in several illustrious roles at the World Bank. In his last role at the World Bank, he was the World Bank Manager and Special Representative to the UN and WTO in Geneva. Prior to this, Mr. Verbeek was appointed Adviser to the World Bank Group’s (WBG) President’s Special Envoy on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and later the Senior Vice President 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. In his advisory role, he provided inputs in the WBG’s approach to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a focus on data, finance, and implementation. From 2012-2015, Mr. Verbeek managed the Global Monitoring Report, a joint IMF-WBG flagship publication that analyzes policies and institutions to ultimately assist countries in attaining the MDGs. Preceding this assignment, he worked as a lead country economist in the Africa and the European regions. Mr. Verbeek was born in 1962 in the Netherlands. He received a PhD (Dr) in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.