Frank Rijsberman

Frank Rijsberman is the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a Seoul-based international organization. He was appointed as the Director-General by the GGGI Assembly to serve a four-year term beginning on 1 October, 2016.

Previously, Dr Rijsberman served as Chief Executive Officer of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research Consortium, leading its transformation from 15 independent research centres towards a single integrated organization. This included a process of cultural and institutional change towards results-based management, including the development of the Consortium’s 2016-2030 Strategy and new portfolio of research programmes for 2017-2022.

Dr Rijsberman was the first Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed a strategy to help achieve universal access to sustainable sanitation services using radical new technologies and innovative market-based mechanisms. He has also worked as Programme Director at, the philanthropic arm of Google, where he led grant making in the public health initiative and was responsible for programmes and partnerships in health, disaster response, geo-informatics and climate-change adaptation. Before Google, he was Director-General of the International Water Management Institute, which has its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.