Our Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s pursuit of reducing the harmful use of alcohol across the globe. The Board is chaired by former Ambassador Jimmy Kolker and includes a total of eight members—five independent directors, including the Chair and Treasurer, and three directors appointed by the CEO of AB InBev. The members of our Board bring diverse perspectives and experiences across multisectoral partnerships, diplomacy, public health, nonprofit management, and policy to our work.
Jimmy Kolker, MPA, DHumLet
Retired US Ambassador; former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs of US Department of Health and Human Services
Ambassador Kolker was head of Global Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services from 2011 to 2017. In this role, Ambassador Kolker was the Department’s chief health diplomat, representing the United States on the governing bodies of the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has a 30-year diplomatic career with the US Department of State, previously serving as the US Ambassador to Uganda and to Burkina Faso. Ambassador Kolker was previously Deputy US Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at US embassies in Denmark and Botswana and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. From 2007 to 2011, Ambassador Kolker was Chief of the AIDS Section at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) New York headquarters where he led UNICEF’s work on HIV and AIDS, focusing on mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, pediatric treatment, prevention among adolescents and young people, and protection for children and families affected by AIDS.
Since his retirement, Ambassador Kolker has been affiliated with the Georgetown University Center of Global Health Science and Security, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Last Mile Health, and the Texas Children’s Global HOPE (pediatric cancer) Initiative. He also has served on the Boards of Building Tomorrow, the Firelight Foundation, and GlobeMed.
In 2019, Ambassador Kolker was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Carleton College, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
Kenneth “Ken” Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM
Retired Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service; Former Acting and Deputy US Surgeon General
Dr Moritsugu is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Samurai Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in health consulting focused on patient-centered care in public health systems and policies. In 2013, Dr Moritsugu retired as Former Vice President of Global Professional Education and Strategic Relations for Johnson & Johnson’s Diabetes Solutions Companies. Prior to this, Dr Moritsugu was appointed Acting Surgeon General of the United States in 2002 and again from July 2006 until his retirement from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service in September 2007.
Dr Moritsugu holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, a medical doctorate from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Blood, JD
Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary, AB InBev
John Blood joined AB InBev’s Global Legal team in 2009 where he served as a Vice President with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and corporate law. He then served as the Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs for the North America Zone, where he drove the company’s legal and corporate affairs agenda for the United States and Canada. Most recently, John was the company’s global General Counsel before assuming his current role in July 2019 as Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer. Before joining AB InBev, John was Corporate Counsel for Diageo North America where he served as the principal lawyer for the company’s US spirits, wine, and beer business. Blood began his legal career as a commercial litigator at Dewey Ballantine in New York City.
Blood holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
Former President, New York Academy of Medicine
Dr Bufford is a clinical professor at the School of Medicine and the College of Global Public Health at New York University as well as a professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She currently serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund and the Health Effects Institute. Dr Boufford was previously the President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Before that, she served as both the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services where she was also the US representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Dr Boufford was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She also served two 4-year terms as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM and was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dr Boufford has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees from the State University of New York, Brooklyn; New York Medical College; Pace University; and Toledo University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Chief of Projects for the Thabo Mbeki Foundation; Former Group Executive Manager of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa
Kulu is the Chief of Projects at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and former Group Executive Manager of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Prior to these roles, she served as Major General and Government Security Regulator for the South African Police Service, Director of Communication, and Spokesperson for the South African Ministry of Public Service Administration. She also previously served as Co-Negotiator in the Public Administration Department of the Government as well as an advisor in intercountry security committees. In 2010, Tembela played a key role in public safety by leading security planning for the FIFA World Cup and the African Cup of Nations tournaments. As a Major General in the South African Police Service, she was deployed as Chief Negotiator on Special Envoys in the Ivory Coast and Mauritania. Tembela was named Business Woman of the Year in 2015 by the Business Woman Foundation of South Africa. Earlier in her career, she was Public Affairs and Area Operations Manager for Cape Metrorail, Business Development Manager for Holistic Settlements, and Training Manager at Kohler Flexible Packaging.
Kulu holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town and an Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch.
Robert C. Orr, PhD
Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor to UN Secretary General
Dr Orr is the Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, as well as the United Nations Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change. Dr Orr previously served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, as well as the Principal Advisor to the Secretary-General on counter-terrorism, peace building, women’s and children’s health, sustainable energy, food and nutrition, institutional innovation, public-private partnership, and climate change. Dr Orr was previously the Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. He was also appointed to senior posts in the United States government, including Deputy to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of Global Affairs at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.
Dr Orr holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and both a doctoral degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University.
Andrés Peñate, MA
Global Vice President of Regulatory and Public Affairs, AB InBev
Peñate is the Global Vice President of Regulatory and Public Policy at AB InBev Global. He previously worked for the Bavaria Brewery as well as served as Corporate Affairs Vice President and Director of Sustainable Development for SABMiller Latin America. Peñate has also held various positions in the Colombian Government, including Director of DAS, the civilian intelligence agency of the country, and Vice-Minister of Defense. He also worked for BP as Director of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Peñate holds a bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Oxford University.
Scott Ratzan, MD, MPA
AB InBev Foundation Board Director; Senior Strategic Advisor
Dr Ratzan is currently developing Health Communication for Social Change efforts at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. He also is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Dr Ratzan was recently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government in the Harvard Kennedy School, developing the Guiding Principles for Multisector Engagement for Sustainable Health. His three decades of pioneering accomplishments in national and global health communication, health literacy, and strategic diplomacy include eleven years of experience in vice president roles at Johnson & Johnson’s headquarters. Before his private sector engagement, he worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington DC, and in academia as a professor and founding director of the Emerson-Tufts Master’s Program in Health Communication. He currently serves on the Board of Global Health for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; the Rand Health Advisory Board; and the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Global Health. He has previously been on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Disease. His academic appointments include Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, George Washington University, and Ramon Llull University.
Dr Ratzan holds a medical doctorate from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a master’s degree in Communication from Emerson College.