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Andrea Bonime-Blanc is founder and CEO of GEC Risk Advisory, a strategic governance, risk, ESG, ethics, tech and cyber advisor to business, NGOs, and government. A former senior global executive at Bertelsmann, Verint and PSEG, she serves on several boards and advisory boards (including Cyber Future Foundation, NACD NJ Chapter, WireX Systems, the Athena Alliance and Epic Theatre Ensemble). She is the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, Independent ESG & Integrity Advisor to the Platform for Social Impact and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Andrea was named a 2023 Diligent Governance 100 and in 2022, an NACD Directorship 100 and an Onalytica Top 50 ESG Influencers. She is an NACD Governance Leadership Fellow, holds the Carnegie Mellon Cyber Oversight Certificate and has served as faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs M.S. in National Security & Cybersecurity Program.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the 2019 Cyber Futurist Award, the 2018 inaugural Directors & Chief Risk Officers (DCRO) Exemplar Award and Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014 and 2015.

Andrea spent two decades as a C-suite global corporate executive including serving as general counsel and chief ethics, risk, compliance, and corporate responsibility officer. She oversaw a wide array of functions including legal, governance, risk, ethics, CSR, government relations, strategic communications, crisis management, compliance, audit, cyber and environmental, health and safety. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb specializing in international M&A and project finance transactions. 

Andrea is a sought-after keynote speaker. She is quoted by and appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, FT Agenda, BBC, The New York Times, among others. She is a visiting professor at several international universities, and author of many articles and several books, most recently Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020) and the annual edition of The ESGT Megatrends Manual 2023-2024 (Diplomatic Courier 2023). Her next book – Governing Pandora: Leadership In the Age of Generative AI and Exponential Technology – will be published by Georgetown University Press in late 2025.

Andrea received her Joint JD in Law and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Germany and Spain, speaks several languages, lives in New York City and tweets as @GlobalEthicist.

Career Highlights

Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Independent ESG & Integrity Advisor to the Platform for Social Impact

Founder & CEO of GEC Risk Advisory

2023 Diligent Governance 100

2022 NACD Directorship 100 Honoree

Founding Faculty for the Institute for Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) “Leading with Impact” Sustainability Program 2023

Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Author, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020)

2019 Cyber Future Foundation Cyber Futurist Honoree

2014 & 2015 Ethisphere 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics

Chair of the Board of Directors of the ECOA

Board Member, Committee Chair & Corporate Secretary NACD New Jersey Chapter

Chair of the Board of Directors of Epic Theatre Ensemble

Founding Global Ethics & Compliance Officer of Bertelsmann

Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Head of Environmental, Health & Safety, PSEG Global

Head of Risk, Audit, Global Corporate Responsibility & Cyber, Verint Systems

Adjunct Professor of Cyber Resilience and Corporate Responsibility NYU

Joint JD in Law & PhD in Political Science Columbia University

Education & Certifications

  • Columbia University Law School | JD Law
  • Columbia University | PhD Political Science
  • NACD Board Leadership Fellow | National Association of Corporate Directors
  • CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight | Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon University
  • Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) | Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI)
  • B.A. in Political Science & History Summa Cum Laude with Honors from CUNY Baruch College, New York
  • Baccalaureate from Instituto Vicente Espinel/Colegio Las Teresianas, Málaga, Spain

Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Diligent Governance 100 | Diligent Corporation
  • 2023 Top 10 Most Read Thought Leaders in Sustainable Business | Illuminem
  • 2022 NACD Directorship 100 | National Association of Corporate Directors
  • 2019 Cyber Futurist Award | Cyber Future Foundation
  • 2018 The Directors and Chief Risk Officers DCRO Exemplar Award | Directors and Chief Risk Officers Group
  • 2015 Most Influential People in Business Ethics | Ethisphere
  • 2014 Most Influential People in Business Ethics | Ethisphere
  • Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business 2014 | Trust Across America

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