The Foundation is headed by a President appointed by the Board of Governors, all of whom are distinguished jurists. The constitution of the Foundation is governed by its Statute. The President is assisted by Managers in the conduct of daily business. The Foundation is supported in its work by Senior Counsellors, who advise the Board on matters particularly related to fundraising. The members of the Board, Managers and Senior Counsellors act on a pro bono basis.
Professor Jeffrey Wool is the secretary general of the Aviation Working Group, the leading organisation advancing international aircraft financing and leasing. He acts in that capacity on secondment from Holland & Knight, where he is a partner and the firm’s director of international law and policy.
Professor Don Wallace, Jr. Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School.
Professor Kurt Siehr Independent Research Scholar, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and Private International Law
Professor Ignacio Tirado, Secretary-General, UNIDROIT
Dr. Georges Affaki, Avocat, Partner at AFFAKI AVOCATS.
Mr Claude Brandes Ex Vice President Customer Finance for Far East, China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America with Airbus
Mr. Alban Caillemer du Ferrage Partner, Jones Day, France
Mr. Antonio De Palmas President of Boeing Italy and Managing Director Boeing Southern Europe
Professor Louise Gullifer QC (Hon) FBA, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge
Mr Marcello Gioscia Senior Partner, Studio Legale Ughi & Nunziante, admitted to the Court of Cassation, Italy
Professor Maria Chiara Malaguti, President, UNIDROIT
Professor Carla Sieburgh Justice in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands
Senior Counsellors to the Foundation:
Michael Farley, Senior Counsellor for the UNIDROIT Foundation, is Senior Consultant for EMD Consulting Group LLC. He is an executive with 30+ years experience in senior and C level management positions in the nonprofit sector. His positions have included Chief Development Officer for the American Society of International Law, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Vice President of the American Red Cross National Headquarters leading Disaster Fundraising and training field-based chapters in sustainable fund development.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, a leadership certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Nonprofit Management, and has been a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) of the International Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1990.
His experience and achievement in planning, operations, fundraising, media relations and board development have earned him multiple awards, including the American Red Cross Tiffany Award for Excellence in Leadership, and the Taproot Foundation Award of Excellence for providing consulting services to nonprofit organisations throughout the DC metro area.
Marco Nicoli is currently Special Advisor to the Director of OECD Development Centre, with a focus on the coordination of the Human-Centred Business Model Project. He is also a Senior Counsellor at the UNIDROIT Foundation and guest lecturer at LUMSA University in Rome.
Marco was formerly Senior Project Manager at the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency, where he worked for a total of 16 years. Prior to joining the World Bank in April 2002, he worked in Italy as an economist at the Research Department of the Italian Central Bank on issues related to the business sector as well as international economy. He later committed himself to social initiatives and built relevant experiences within the NGO sector.
His main experiences abroad include with UNDP (Republic of Mali), at the European Union (Belgium), with Rogers & Wells Law Firm (Washington D.C.), for Yale University (as visiting professor in the Slovak Republic) and, as International Business Consultant in Central European countries (Romania, Hungary, Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovakia).
Marco has a multidisciplinary educational in accounting, law and economics, with a master’s degree in international law and Economics and other postgraduate degrees in International Organizations and European Law, author of several publications spanning the different disciplines and themes of work.
Managers of the Foundation: Mr William Brydie-Watson, Mr Hamza Hameed, and Ms Myrte Thijssen