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Trustees

The Board of Trustees manages the business of The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of our organization that funds service activities. The RI president-elect nominates the trustees, who are elected by the RI Board to four-year terms.

  • K.R. Ravindran

    Chair 2020-21
    Trustee 2017-21
    Rotary Club of Colombo
    Western Province, Sri Lanka

    K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is a third-generation Rotarian, joining Rotary at age 21. As RI president in 2015-16, he introduced the Rotary Global Rewards program and led a delegation of about 9,000 Rotarians to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.

    Ravindran was the first president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association, which today is the leading agency fighting drug addiction in Sri Lanka. He headed a national committee consisting of Rotary, his country’s health ministry, and UNICEF for the eradication of polio, and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire in the ongoing civil war with the northern militants to facilitate National Immunization Days. Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become polio-free. He also headed a Rotary project to build 25 modern schools across the country to replace those destroyed by the 2004 tsunami at a cost of over $12 million.

    Ravindran is the CEO and founder of a publicly listed company engaged in the print and packaging industry with worldwide clientele. His company, Printcare PLC, is a winner of national and international awards of excellence. He is the recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and Service Award for a Polio-Free World. His country conferred on him the title of “Jewel of Sri Lanka” and released a postage stamp in his honor.

  • John F. Germ

    Chair-elect 2020-21
    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Chattanooga
    Tennessee, USA

    John F. Germ is the retired board chair and CEO of Campbell & Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He served on the boards of several organizations, including the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, and as board chair of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., the Miracle League Chattanooga, and Blood Assurance Inc. He is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation. He is also the founder of Camp Discovery, a camp for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals.

    Germ was awarded the Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year in 1976; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 1992 and Tennessee Community Organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009. He is recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award.

    Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served RI as president in 2016-17, vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, and RI training leader. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

    Germ has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Foundation Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society.

    They have four children and six grandchildren.

  • Michael F. Webb

    Vice Chair 2020-21
    Rotary Club of Mendip
    Somerset, England

    Mike Webb is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and senior partner in an accounting practice in the City of Wells in southwest England. He is also the treasurer or trustee of a number of local and national charitable and sports organizations.

    A Rotarian since 1976, Webb has served Rotary as director, RI president’s representative, committee member and chair, vice chair of the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions, RI training leader, and district governor. He has served Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland as treasurer and president. Webb and his wife, Alison, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows, and he is also a member of the Bequest Society.

  • Jorge Aufranc

    Trustee 2019-23
    Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur
    Guatemala

    Jorge Aufranc is a chemical engineer and director of Corporación Instatec, which designs and builds networking telecom systems. He first saw the power of The Rotary Foundation in 1995, when he led a project to bring clean drinking water to an orphanage using matching grants. Today, he is the primary contact for the $600,000 WASH in Schools competitive grant program in Guatemala, which is bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to 48 schools in the country.

    Aufranc has served Rotary in many roles, including as RI director; founder and president of Rotary en el Corazón de las Americas, the Rotary regional magazine for Central America; and director of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. He and his wife, Débora, participated in a National Immunization Day in Moradabad, India, in 2009.

    He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Major Donor, and Bequest Society Member, and is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service.

  • Brenda Cressey

    Trustee 2017-21
    Rotary Club of Paso Robles
    California, USA

    Brenda Cressey is the former CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine. She has served in many volunteer capacities with civic organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

    A Rotarian since 1989, Cressey served as the first female chair and vice chair of The Rotary Foundation. Before that, she held numerous positions in membership, the Foundation, and training. Cressey was a Future Vision RRFC Training Institute moderator, an endowment/major gifts adviser, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, 2012 International Assembly executive committee member and its partner moderator, district governor, and RI training leader.

    Cressey is a recipient of Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Cressey and her husband, Dick, are Major Donors and members of the Paul Harris, Arch Klumph, and Legacy societies.

  • Hipólito S. Ferreira

    Trustee 2019-23
    Rotary Club of Contagem-Cidade Industrial
    Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Hipólito Ferreira is an engineer and the president of a group of engineering and mining companies led by Paineira Engenharia. He is the director of SICEPOT, the State of Minas Gerais Heavy Construction Industry Association.

    A Rotarian since 1970, Ferreira has served Rotary in many capacities, including as RI director, training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, member of the Operations Review Committee, and chair of the Literacy Task Force for Latin America. During his term as president of the Brazilian Association of The Rotary Foundation, donations doubled.

    Ferreira has received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. His three sons participated in Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange, and two of them are Rotarians. Ferreira and his wife, Marilene, are Benefactors and Major Donors.

  • Per Høyen

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Aarup
    Denmark

    Per Høyen holds a bachelor’s degree in media production and management from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. He held technical, production, and management positions at several companies in the graphics industry, retiring in 2001 from Nordgraf A/S. He was national president of Round Table Denmark in 1995-96.

    A Rotarian since 1999, Høyen has served RI as treasurer, director, president’s representative, committee member and chair, Council on Legislation representative, district Rotary Foundation chair, and district polio coordinator. For six years, including two as chair, Per has represented the five Danish districts on the board of Rotary Norden, the official Rotary magazine that serves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and chaired the committee for the publication’s digital development.

    Høyen has received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Anette Løwert (a member of the Rotary Club of Assens who was district governor in 2012-13), are Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Bequest Society members, and Benefactors.

  • Hsiu-Ming Lin

    Trustee 2020-24
    Rotary Club of Taipei Tungteh
    Taiwan

    Hsui-Ming “Frederick” Lin is managing director of Continental Worldwide Enterprises Co. Ltd., a company that designs and integrates satellite communications systems. Lin is active on the boards of organizations outside of Rotary, including as director of the Taipei Lifeline Association.

    A Rotarian since 1988, Lin has served Rotary as a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary coordinator, RI president’s representative, committee member and chair, and director and treasurer on the RI Board.

    He and his wife, Chen-Yi, are members of the Arch Klumph Society. Lin is also a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Geeta Manek

    Trustee, 2020-24
    Rotary Club of Muthaiga
    Kenya

    Geeta Manek, a second-generation Kenyan, graduated from business school in the United Kingdom before returning to Nairobi to join the family retail and property management business, which she still runs.

    Manek joined Rotary in 1997. Her roles have included Rotary coordinator, chair of the Health Major Gifts Initiative and of the Joint Committee on Partnerships, member of the Major Gifts Initiative Oversight Team and the Rotary Institute Host Organizing Committee, RI training leader, lead facilitator at the Regional Leaders Training Institute, and RI president’s representative. She was also the only female governor of District 9200 before it was divided into Districts 9211 and 9212 in 2012-13. She also served as her district’s coordinator of the Kick Polio Out of Africa Campaign.

    Manek is passionate about initiatives that help women and improve education. She was a charter member of Lohana Ladies Circle, a women’s club dedicated to community service, social welfare, and cultural heritage. She’s also helping lead a Rotary literacy initiative in Kenya and the region. Manek has volunteered as a first responder during national crises, including in post-election violence and after terrorist attacks. She has led teams of Rotarians to collaborate and coordinate initiatives with organizations such as the Red Cross, the United Nations, and community-based institutions. In recognition of her humanitarian work, Manek was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities in 2019.

    Manek has been honored with the Service Above Self Award. She and her spouse, Kaushik — who served as governor of District 9200 in 2008-09 — are Rotary Foundation Major Donors and Benefactors, as well as Bequest Society and Arch Klumph Society members.

  • Aziz Memon

    Trustee 2020-24
    Rotary Club of Karachi
    Pakistan

    Aziz Memon is chair of the Kings Group, a conglomerate of five companies that is one of the leading textile and ready-made garment manufacturing and exporting groups in Pakistan. He is also chair of the board of the Karachi Garment City, a project of the government of Pakistan. Memon’s other roles include honorary consul general of the Republic of Suriname in Karachi, president of the English Speaking Union of Pakistan, and president of the United Memon Jamat of Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to community development and helping the underprivileged.

    Since he joined Rotary in 1995, he has been widely recognized for his leadership in polio eradication. Memon has served as member of the International PolioPlus Committee and chair of the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. He has worked closely with Rotary’s partners and stakeholders, including UNICEF, WHO and its Expanded Programme on Immunization, government officials, religious scholars, celebrities, business leaders, and Rotarians from around the world. He was one of four polio eradication activists to receive the Louis Pasteur Medal by the Institut Pasteur. His other RI leadership positions have included training leader, committee member, and RI president’s representative. Memon says his favorite Rotary project was working with his club to raise over $285,000 to fund an English-language instruction school for 4,000 children.

    Memon has received the Service Above Self Award, the International and Regional Service Awards for a Polio-Free World, and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service. In recognition of his community and humanitarian services in the health sector, the president of Pakistan conferred the Pride of Performance Award on Memon in 2011. He and his wife, Samina, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Barry Rassin

    Trustee 2020-24
    Rotary Club of East Nassau Bahamas

    Barry Rassin is a director and former president of Doctors Hospital Health System in Nassau, Bahamas, where he retired after a 38-year career. He was the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas and was honored with the National Award of Health Hero by the Bahamas Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization.

    A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin served as RI president in 2018-19, when he advocated for closer partnership between Rotary and Rotaract clubs and presented the measure that broadened the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs at the 2019 Council on Legislation. He has served RI in many other capacities, including as RI director, Rotary Foundation trustee and vice chair, chair of both the Finance and the Shaping Rotary’s Future committees, RI training leader, and seminar trainer. In 2010, Rassin coordinated Rotary’s disaster relief efforts in Haiti after a devastating earthquake. That included supervising the completion of 105 relief and development projects throughout Haiti that were made possible by the $6.5 million raised by Rotary members worldwide. He is currently active on the Bahamas Rotary Disaster Relief Committee and working on relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Outside of Rotary, Rassin chairs Volunteer Bahamas, a national program to create a culture of volunteerism in the country. He also helped found the Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Strategy (HANWASH), a collaborative program to bring potable water and adequate sanitation to all the citizens of Haiti. In 2018, the government of the Bahamas named him as an Officer of the Order of Distinction.

    Rassin has received the Service Above Self Award. He and his spouse, Esther, are Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Benefactors, Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Paul Harris Society.

  • Ian H.S. Riseley

    Trustee 2019-23
    Rotary Club of Sandringham
    Victoria, Australia

    While RI president in 2017-18, Ian H.S. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant one tree per member as a way to increase Rotarian involvement in environmental issues. He estimates at least three times that many were planted, likely more than 3 million trees. “I was really thrilled at the way in which the Rotary world embraced my request,” he says. “Everywhere we went, they were planting trees.”

    Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. His honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

    Riseley and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Rotary Foundation Major Donors and Bequest Society members. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living.

  • Gulam A. Vahanvaty

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Bombay
    Maharashtra, India

    Gulam A. Vahanvaty joined his family’s scrap processing and ship-breaking business and later diversified into other enterprises. In 1978, Vahanvaty traveled to Indiana as a member of a Group Study Exchange, which he describes as “a life-enhancing experience” that made him want to join Rotary.

    A Rotarian since 1979, he oversaw a record contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $654,000 as district governor. He has also served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, committee chair and member, and training leader.

    Vahanvaty has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and his late wife, Haseena, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation.

  • Sangkoo Yun

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang
    Seoul, Korea

    Sangkoo Yun is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University in New York and president of Dongsuh Corp., an architectural materials trading and engineering firm. He is involved in many civic organizations with a special interest in preservation of cultural heritage.

    A Rotarian since 1987, when he was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Yun has served RI as a director, convention Host Organization Committee chair, Future Vision trainer, Rotary coordinator trainer, committee member and chair, resource group zone coordinator, assistant moderator, and training leader. He has led the Keep Mongolia Green project since he was district governor in 2004-05.

    He and his wife, Eunsun, are Rotary Foundation Benefactors and Major Donors and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society.

  • John Hewko

    General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
    Rotary Club of Kyiv
    Ukraine

    John Hewko is the general secretary and chief executive officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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Special Adviser to the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

Adviser: Akira Miki, Rotary Club of Himeji, Hyogo, Japan

2020-21 Trustee Committees

Executive Committee

This committee oversees matters of an executive or administrative character as set forth in the Foundation Code of Policy.

Chair

SangKoo Yun

Members

K.R. Ravindran
John F. Germ
Michael F. Webb
Brenda Cressey
Ian H.S. Riseley
Gulam A. Vahanvaty

Adviser

Barry Rassin

Foundation Finance Committee

This committee, mandated by the Rotary Foundation Bylaws, shall advise the Trustees on all finances of the Foundation. It will recommend the annual budget and five-year financial forecast, review financial statement activity, and monitor revenues and expenses. The committee will work with the RI Finance Committee to confirm the allocation of secretariat expenses between RI and the Foundation. The committee shall consider the organization’s long-term financial projections and financial sustainability in collaboration with the Strategic Planning Committee and recommends changes as necessary to The Rotary Foundation Funding Model to ensure sufficient funds are available to fund programs and pay operating expenses.

Chair

Ian H.S. Riseley

Vice Chair

Michael F. Webb

Members

John F. Germ
Hsiu-Ming Lin

Foundation Awards Review Committee

Reviews nominations and recommends recipients of the Foundation Distinguished Service Award the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award, and the Alumni Association of the Year Award. 

Chair

Gulam A. Vahanvaty

Vice Chair

Per Høyen

Members

Hipólito Sérgio Ferreira
Barry Rassin

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