The Specialized Leadership Boards (SLB)


The Specialized Leadership Boards (SLB) are essential governance entities within the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI). They are responsible for the strategic oversight and coordination of GCRI's technical activities, ensuring that these activities align with GCRI’s mission and global standards. The GCRI’s SLBs are at the vanguard of a transformative movement in risk management and innovation governance. Their multifaceted structure, encompassing leadership from various domains, enables GCRI to navigate the complexities of standard setting and develop normative frameworks that are adaptive, responsive, and globally resonant. They are the driving force behind GCRI's mission to champion a future where risks are managed with foresight and innovations are fostered with responsibility.

  • Deep Expertise and Sector Representation: SLBs are not merely advisory; they are action-driven entities. Each board is meticulously curated with leaders and subject-matter experts who possess deep expertise in their fields. This includes thought leaders in emerging technologies, seasoned professionals in industry standards, policymakers with insights into regulatory landscapes, academics with research pedigrees, and civil society representatives attuned to social and environmental imperatives. Their collective acumen is pivotal in steering the GCRI towards cutting-edge solutions and responsible innovation.

  • Strategic Planning and Dynamic Governance: SLBs serve as the nexus for strategic planning within GCRI. Their governance model is dynamic, accommodating the fluid nature of risk and innovation. They navigate the complex ecosystem of standard-setting bodies like IEEE, W3C, and ISO, ensuring that GCRI not only contributes to these standards but also adapts them within various jurisdictional contexts. SLBs are tasked with identifying and prioritizing areas of practice and focus, ensuring that their activities are not in silos but are interconnected, fostering a holistic approach to problem-solving.

  • Global Collaboration and Collective Intelligence: The mandate of SLBs extends to fostering a culture of global collaboration. They are instrumental in creating a mesh of collective intelligence, a nexus where the convergence of ideas from the Quintuple Helix membership drives the innovation agenda forward. This includes facilitating knowledge exchange programs, establishing best practices, and spearheading research and development initiatives that resonate across borders.

  • Operational Mechanisms and Divisional Synergy: SLBs operate through well-orchestrated mechanisms that synchronize the activities of various divisions and technical councils. They are responsible for the formulation and dissemination of strategic directives, the oversight of technical projects, and ensuring that all initiatives adhere to the highest standards of excellence and relevance. The technical councils, delineated by "M" for management and "S" for standards, are crucial operational arms that translate SLBs’ strategic visions into tangible outcomes.

  • Technical Councils and Divisional Oversight: The SLBs’ engagement with divisional activities is multi-faceted. They oversee a broad spectrum of initiatives, from the inception of new technical councils to the approval of international standards. Their purview includes monitoring the adherence to GCRI’s objectives, guiding the development of innovative frameworks, and endorsing technical publications that have far-reaching implications.

  • Interdisciplinary Integration and Responsiveness: The design of SLBs reflects GCRI’s commitment to interdisciplinary integration. By incorporating diverse perspectives, SLBs ensure that the organization’s initiatives are comprehensive and responsive to emerging global challenges. Their decision-making processes are inclusive, drawing from the collective insights of members who represent the entire spectrum of the Quintuple Helix.


SLBs are composed of leaders and experts from various fields relevant to the GCRI's focus areas. These include industry professionals, academics, researchers, and practitioners who have been recognized for their expertise and contributions to their respective fields. The composition of the Specialized Leadership Boards (SLBs) within the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is meticulously designed to harness expertise, facilitate decision-making, and ensure the execution of the organization’s mission. Each SLB is composed of a chair, a secretary, and a group of experts, with each role defined as follows:


  • Serves as the leading figure and spokesperson of the SLB.

  • Chairs meetings, sets the agenda, and drives the strategic vision for the board.

  • Ensures that initiatives align with the GCRI’s overarching goals and that the board’s work is effectively communicated to other parts of the organization.

  • Represents the board in discussions with other GCRI bodies and external stakeholders.

  • Has a decisive vote in board decisions and is responsible for the final approval of actions and documents.


  • Responsible for the administrative and organizational tasks of the SLB.

  • Keeps detailed records of meetings, including minutes, decisions, and action items.

  • Manages communication within the board and with other GCRI entities.

  • Organizes schedules, notifies members of meetings, and ensures document circulation.

  • Assists the chair in agenda preparation and follows up on the implementation of decisions.


  • Comprised of individuals with specialized knowledge and experience relevant to the board's focus area.

  • Contribute to discussions, provide insights, and help develop initiatives and standards.

  • Participate in working groups or committees formed by the SLB to tackle specific tasks or projects.

  • Engage in knowledge exchange with other members and stakeholders to ensure the board’s outputs are informed by diverse perspectives and the latest industry practices.

  • May lead or be involved in research activities that underpin the board’s initiatives.

Each SLB may have additional roles or sub-committees, depending on its specific scope and the complexity of its work within the GCRI. The experts are selected based on their contributions to their fields, ability to contribute to GCRI’s mission, and willingness to engage in collaborative work.

Interaction Among Members:

  • Members collaborate closely, with the chair providing leadership and direction.

  • The secretary ensures seamless coordination and supports the chair in facilitating the board's operations.

  • Experts bring depth and breadth to the board’s work through their knowledge and experience, ensuring robust and innovative outcomes.

In practice, the composition of each SLB within the GCRI ensures that the organization’s standards, policies, and projects are developed and overseen by leaders and professionals who are at the forefront of their respective fields, providing a strong foundation for the GCRI’s work in risk management and innovation.


  1. Strategic Leadership: SLBs provide strategic direction and oversight for the technical work within GCRI, ensuring that it aligns with the organization's objectives and global standards.

  2. Standardization and Technical Oversight: They oversee the creation, review, and approval of technical standards and policies, ensuring that they are relevant and effectively address the needs of stakeholders.

  3. Division Strategy Management: SLBs approve and monitor Division Strategies and Policies, including standardization work, ensuring they meet the GCRI’s goals for innovation and risk management.

  4. Interdivisional Coordination: They manage the intersection of activities across Divisions, ensuring that common interests and overlaps are effectively addressed.

  5. Technical Council Management: SLBs handle the establishment, revision, and dissolution of Technical Councils, managing their scope and ensuring that their work contributes meaningfully to GCRI's objectives.

  6. Publication Oversight: SLBs are responsible for the approval of technical publications, which may include research reports, standards, and white papers, ensuring that these publications maintain the highest quality and relevance.

  7. Event and Conference Management: They propose and oversee GCRI-endorsed conferences and events, facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration within the global community.

  8. External Liaison and Partnerships: SLBs actively engage with external organizations, forming liaisons that support GCRI’s strategic goals and facilitate global cooperation.

Divisional Interaction and Support:

  1. Divisional Guidance: SLBs guide the operations of Divisions, providing policy direction and operational insights to Division Directors and teams.

  2. Appointment of Division Leaders: They nominate and approve the appointments of Division Directors and Secretaries, who are responsible for the execution of Division strategies.

  3. Quarterly Reviews: SLBs participate in quarterly meetings with Division Directors and the Central Bureau to review progress and address challenges.

Technical Committees Oversight:

  1. Technical Committee Operations: SLBs oversee the technical committees denoted with 'S' for standards, ensuring they align with the strategic direction of their respective Divisions.

  2. Management Committees: They guide the management committees denoted with 'M', collaborating with the Central Bureau to ensure operational excellence.

Collaboration and Collective Intelligence:

  1. Shared Agenda and Voting: SLB members collaborate on shared agendas and participate in voting on matters that impact their industries and jurisdictions.

  2. Jurisdictional Focus: Members select jurisdictions and clusters within their region to tailor GCRI's initiatives to local contexts.

  3. Standards Focus: SLB members identify and prioritize international standards, such as IEEE, W3C, ISO, etc., for their work.

  4. Practice and Solution Focus: They select specific areas of practice and focus on solutions of interest to contribute to GCRI's mission.

  5. National and Regional Collaboration: While the Stewardship Board (comprising chairs of all SLBs) delegates and forms National Working Groups in their jurisdictions, SLB members concentrate on establishing robust national divisions and their technical councils.

The SLB's role within the GCRI is to ensure that the organization's technical activities are not only at the forefront of innovation but are also responsive to the evolving global landscape of risks and standards. They play a crucial part in upholding the integrity and efficacy of GCRI's operations, contributing to the organization's reputation as a leader in risk management and innovation.


The technical procedures of the SLBs are crafted to ensure a transparent, efficient, and collaborative approach to decision-making and execution of initiatives. Here is an expanded description of their operational framework:

Technical Procedures and Voting:

  • Agenda Setting: The chair, in consultation with the secretary and experts, sets the agenda for meetings, which is circulated in advance via the Nexus Platform, integrating tools like Slack for communication and Airtable for record-keeping.

  • Meetings: SLB meetings are convened regularly and documented meticulously on GitBook for transparency and future reference. Emergency meetings can be called by the chair or upon a request by a majority of the board members.

  • Voting: Decisions are typically made through a structured voting process, where each member, including the chair, has one vote. The secretary oversees the voting process, ensuring adherence to procedures. For critical matters, a supermajority may be required.

  • Decision-Making: The SLBs deliberate on proposals and make decisions based on consensus whenever possible. If consensus cannot be reached, a vote is taken, and the majority’s decision prevails. All decisions are recorded in Airtable and accessible to members through the Nexus Platform.

Authority and Reporting:

  • Chair’s Authority: The chair has the authority to guide discussions, represent the SLB within the GCRI, and in external engagements, and to ensure decisions align with the organization’s objectives. The chair also has the authority to cast a tie-breaking vote.

  • Secretary’s Role: The secretary is responsible for ensuring that all procedural requirements for meetings and decisions are met, for recording minutes, and for maintaining the documentation of the SLB’s activities on GitBook.

  • Expert Contributions: Experts provide their insights and analyses to shape the board’s decisions and may lead sub-committees or task forces dedicated to specific initiatives or projects.

Operational Integration:

  • Tools Integration: The Nexus Platform integrates with Slack for real-time communication, enabling swift coordination among SLB members. Airtable is used for systematic record-keeping, tracking decisions, and voting outcomes. GitBook serves as the repository for meeting minutes, policy documents, and procedural records.

  • End-to-End Operations: From proposal submission to decision implementation, all operations are managed through the Nexus Platform. The platform triggers automated notifications to relevant stakeholders upon key action points or decisions.

Collaboration and Deliberation:

  • Collaborative Workspace: SLB members utilize dedicated channels on Slack for discussion, allowing for asynchronous deliberation and collaboration. Airtable serves as a collaborative workspace for tracking initiatives, standards development, and project progress.

  • Deliberation: In-depth deliberations on proposals and standards occur within these collaborative workspaces, ensuring all members have the opportunity to contribute their expertise before decisions are made.

Divisional Relations:

  • Divisional Support: SLB members, through the Nexus Platform, provide strategic support to Division Managers (DMs) and Technical Councils. They ensure that the strategic objectives are effectively translated into operational plans and standard settings.

  • Reporting and Accountability: SLB members report to STWLB) Stewardship Committee (SC) and have a voting right in the General Assembly (GA). They elect representatives to the Global Stewardship Board (GSB) and appoint Division Directors (DDs) and Secretaries (DSs) for each country or cluster within their region.

The procedural integrity of the SLBs is fundamental to the GCRI’s mission. The integration of Nexus Platforms with collaborative and project management tools ensures seamless operations across all levels of governance, from strategic planning at the SLB level down to the execution of technical standards and policies at the divisional level.


Nominations Process: For the internal processes of elections within the Specialized Leadership Boards (SLBs) and Regional Stewardship Boards (RSBs):

  1. Initiation:

    • The internal nomination process begins with a call for nominations issued by the chair or secretary of the SLB or RSB.

    • Eligibility criteria and role descriptions are disseminated through the Nexus Platform to ensure transparency.

  2. Nomination Submission:

    • SLB and RSB members submit their nominations through a structured form on the Nexus Platform, which captures essential information about the nominees and their qualifications.

  3. Screening and Approval:

    • A subcommittee within the SLB or RSB reviews the nominations for eligibility and alignment with the GCRI’s strategic objectives.

    • The subcommittee may shortlist candidates and present them to the larger board for consideration.

Internal Voting Process:

  1. Preparation:

    • If multiple eligible candidates are nominated for a position, an internal voting process is prepared, using agile methodologies to ensure efficiency.

    • Candidate profiles and their vision statements are shared with voting members.

  2. Electronic Voting:

    • Members cast their votes via an electronic ballot system integrated into the Nexus Platform, allowing for real-time tracking and immediate results.

  3. Voting Window:

    • A designated voting window is set, ensuring all members have the opportunity to participate, with reminders sent via Slack to prompt participation.

Internal Election Process:

  1. Oversight:

    • The internal election process is overseen by a designated election officer or committee to maintain the integrity of the elections.

  2. Election Execution:

    • On the day of the election, members vote electronically, with the process streamlined through the Nexus Platform.

  3. Result Compilation:

    • The electronic system tallies the votes immediately after the voting window closes, with results verified by the election committee.

  4. Result Declaration:

    • The results are announced to the members of the SLB or RSB through a formal communication channel, such as Slack or an official meeting.

Agile Decision-Making and Fast-Track Voting:

  1. Consensus-First Approach:

    • Before voting, a consensus-first approach is employed, where discussion and debate are encouraged to reach a mutual agreement.

  2. Agile Voting Mechanisms:

    • Should consensus not be achieved, agile voting mechanisms like dot voting or ranked-choice voting are utilized to make decisions efficiently.

  3. Rapid Response:

    • Post-vote, any disputes or concerns are addressed swiftly to ensure the legitimacy of the process and maintain trust within the board.

  4. Feedback Loop:

    • After the election, a retrospective is conducted to gather feedback, allowing for continuous improvement of the internal election process.

Post-Election Responsibilities and Integration:

  1. Orientation:

    • Newly elected members undergo an orientation process, receiving comprehensive information about their new roles and responsibilities.

  2. Integration into Workflows:

    • The Nexus Platform facilitates the integration of new members into ongoing projects and access to collaboration tools.

  3. Knowledge Transfer:

    • A systematic knowledge transfer is arranged from outgoing to incoming members to ensure continuity in the board’s activities.

By adhering to a structured yet agile process, the internal elections within the SLBs and RSBs are conducted in a manner that promotes active participation, ensures fair representation, and aligns with the GCRI's overarching mission of advancing global standards in risk management and innovation.


GCRI utilizes Slack as a dynamic communication platform to manage the day-to-day operations of its Specialized Leadership Boards (SLBs) and Regional Stewardship Boards (RSBs). Dedicated Slack channels for SLBs and RSBs within the GCRI structure serve as vital tools for governance, enabling effective communication, strategic decision-making, and the seamless operation of day-to-day activities. They help maintain a clear and structured approach to global and regional governance, ensuring all members are engaged and collaborative efforts are maximized.

Regional Stewardship Board (RSB) Channels:

  • Purpose: These are exclusive communication channels reserved for members of RSBs to discuss regional governance matters, share sensitive information, and make strategic decisions.

  • Privacy: Access to these channels is restricted to ensure confidentiality, allowing for frank and secure discussions about regional initiatives, challenges, and the dissemination of internal documents.

  • Decision-Making: RSB members use these channels to deliberate on policies, vote on various matters, and coordinate regional activities. The channels provide a record of conversations and decisions, fostering accountability and transparency.

Specialized Leadership Board (SLB) Channels:

  • Dedicated Boards: Separate channels are established for each SLB – such as the Engineering Leadership Board (ELB), Industry Leadership Board (ILB), Academic Leadership Board (ALB), etc. – allowing specialized discussions within each domain.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Members of SLBs across different regions are added to these channels to encourage interdisciplinary and cross-border exchange of knowledge, resources, and best practices. This setup enables global perspectives to inform regional activities.

  • Governance Operations: SLB members operationalize governance through votes on matters pertinent to the RSBs in dedicated channels. These votes help shape the overarching strategies and directives that trickle down to national and local levels.

  • Division Governance: SLBs are responsible for appointing Division Directors (DDs) who represent the SLBs in national contexts. The DDs are tasked with managing the division's operations and aligning them with the strategic objectives set by the SLBs.

  • National Working Groups (NWGs): While SLBs do not vote directly in NWGs, their appointed DDs possess voting rights in division matters concerning national technical councils. This ensures that the strategic directives from the SLBs are effectively implemented at the national level.

  • Document Sharing and Management: Through integrations with document management systems, Slack channels serve as hubs for sharing key documents. These may include agendas, meeting minutes, policy drafts, and more, which are essential for the functioning of the SLBs and RSBs.

  • Meetings and Coordination: The Slack channels also facilitate the scheduling of meetings, coordination of joint initiatives, and provide a platform for announcements and updates. This ensures all members are aligned and informed about ongoing and upcoming activities.

  • Feedback and Continuous Improvement: Channels are also used to gather feedback on governance processes, allowing for continuous improvement. Members can suggest enhancements to the decision-making process, communication flow, and governance structures.


The GCRI leverages the Nexus platform to enhance public engagement and streamline the coordination of National Working Groups (NWGs), Specialized Leadership Boards (SLBs), and Division activities. The Nexus platform acts as a powerful enabler for the GCRI's mission, streamlining processes, fostering engagement, and providing the technological underpinning necessary for advancing risk management and innovation on a global scale.

Public Engagement and Participation:

  1. User Profiles and Networking: With integrated features, users can create detailed profiles, facilitating networking among researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers. This fosters a community where users can share insights, collaborate on projects, and contribute to the development of standards.

  2. Groups and Forums: Nexus platforms host various groups and forums dedicated to specific topics within the risk and innovation spectrum. These spaces allow for targeted discussions, brainstorming sessions, and collaborative problem-solving.

  3. Gamification for Motivation: Utilizing iCRS features, the Nexus platform introduces gamification to incentivize participation, assessments, and verification activities. Members can earn badges, points, or rewards for their contributions to discussions, research initiatives, or standard development processes.

Coordination with NWGs and Divisions:

  1. Project Management Tools: The platform offers project management tools that facilitate the tracking of progress, assignment of tasks, and scheduling within NWGs and divisions, ensuring that initiatives are completed effectively and efficiently.

  2. Collaboration Workspaces: Each NWG and Division has a dedicated virtual workspace to collaborate on documents, share resources, and maintain a centralized repository of work, enhancing the coherence of efforts across different groups.

Engagement with External Stakeholders:

  1. Public Consultations: The platform enables broader stakeholder engagement through public consultations, allowing for a diverse range of inputs on policy drafts, standards, and research directions.

  2. Stakeholder Mapping: With strategic tools for stakeholder mapping, the Nexus platform helps identify key actors, their interests, and potential impacts on projects, aiding in more targeted and effective stakeholder engagement strategies.

Leveraging Nexus Architecture for R&D:

  1. Impact and Risk Assessments: The platform provides technological capabilities for conducting comprehensive impact and risk assessments, critical for research and development in various fields.

  2. Conformity Assessments: It facilitates conformity assessments, ensuring that projects and standards meet established criteria and regulatory requirements, crucial for global interoperability and recognition.

  3. Real-Time Analytics: Advanced analytics features offer real-time insights into the engagement, progress, and impact of various initiatives, enabling data-driven decision-making.

  4. Integration with R&D Tools: Nexus integrates with various R&D tools and databases, providing a rich resource for researchers to access the latest findings, technological trends, and data sets.

Strategic Impact:

  1. Architectural Flexibility: The Nexus platform's architecture is flexible, allowing it to adapt to the evolving needs of the GCRI and its constituents, ensuring long-term sustainability and growth.

  2. Scalability for Global Impact: Designed to scale, the platform can accommodate an increasing number of users and complexities of projects, making it suitable for the global impact of GCRI's initiatives.

  3. Security and Privacy: The platform ensures the security and privacy of information, an essential aspect for maintaining trust and integrity within the GCRI community.

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