Our Governance

EFQM is a not for profit, membership Foundation. It is run by the members, for the members. In addition to the EFQM Management Team based in Brussels, a Board of Directors oversees EFQM’s operations. It is supported by a Strategy Committee, a Finance and Audit Committee and a Nomination and HR Committee.

The EFQM BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets twice a year. Its role is to ensure that EFQM’s strategy and its implementation are aligned with the mission of the Foundation, taking into account the views and expectations of all stakeholder groups. It also strives to maximise the added-value for members and to secure EFQM’s sustainable financial independence. The Board of Directors consists of the CEOs or senior executives of EFQM members. Directors are elected for a two-year period. They elects one of them to Chair the Board.


Paul G.K. Little

Principal & CEO
Chairman EFQM Board of Directors
United Kingdom

Paul is at the helm of Scotland’s leading college and is responsible for developing a new £228M world class twin campus in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter and along the River Clyde. Paul has successfully led and transformed five UK colleges and has earned a national reputation as one of the education sector’s leading reformers. He has studied with leading European business schools and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. As a qualified yacht skipper, Paul served as a HM Coastguard Officer for 30 years and completed tours of duty with the US Coastguard.

Sophie Bechu

Chief Operating Officer
The Netherlands

Sophie Bechu joined Philips as Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations in September 2016. Sophie has extensive experience in operations, service delivery, procurement, supply chain, quality, engineering and strategic outsourcing. She has international experience working in Europe, Hong Kong, India and the USA. She leads Philips’ improvement in our operational excellence and drives our Order to Cash (O2C) initiative as the operational backbone of the company. This covers everything from the way the company receives a customer order, to producing the goods or services, to delivery, invoicing, collecting payments and offering a global, consistent service experience to customers. Her key responsibilities included customer satisfaction, compliance and service level. Sophie holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Paris, France.

Elodie Buronfosse

Elodie Buronfosse

Senior Finance Executive

Elodie Buronfosse is a senior finance executive, from the French global transport group, Keolis, to the Board of EFQM. Elodie is a passionate advocate of EFQM and will provide insight into the global transport industry and also lend her financial and transformation expertise to the Board Finance Committee. After receiving her masters from ICN Business School, Elodie joined PwC, first in Paris, then in Lyon, where her clients represented a range of major French and International private and public organisations. In 2014, Elodie joined Keolis Lyon that operates the public transport network of Lyon (2nd largest public transport network in France – 4500 employees). Her initial role was to work on the tender offer process that led to the renewal of the 6 years and 2.5 billion euros public service partnership contract, before becoming deputy CFO of the company in 2016. In October 2019, Elodie was appointed CFO South East, France at Keolis Groupe – a division of around 40 transportation businesses stretching from Burgundy to the Riviera.

Alessandro Carano

Alessandro Carano

Senior Advisor

Previous job: Senior Adviser in DG Economic and Financial affairs at European Commission. Specialties: EU investment policies and economic growth, financial instruments, infrastructure and transport, EU partnership with third countries, EU policies and institutions, development finance, strategic planning, multi-party negotiations, business planning.

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Robert Engelhorn

Head of BMW Group Plant Munich

Robert Engelhorn has been in charge of the BMW Group’s Munich plant since August 2018. In 2011, Engelhorn, who holds a doctorate in engineering, left the truck and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN to join the BMW Group. He initially worked at the Munich-based carmaker’s Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) as Head of Planning Body-in-White and Plant Engineering before moving on to the Regensburg plant in 2013, where he assumed responsibility for the three production areas of press shop, body shop and paint shop. From 2014 to 2018, Engelhorn worked in China and was responsible for production and purchasing in the joint venture with Brilliance Automotive. In this role, he also managed two vehicle plants and one engine plant of the BMW Group in Dadong and Tiexi, respectively.

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Grete Faremo

Under- Secretary-General & Executive Director

Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director in August 2014. Before this appointment, she held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway, including Minister of Justice and Public Security, Minister of Development Cooperation, and Minister of Oil and Energy. During her first appointment as Minister of Justice, Ms. Faremo initiated negotiations between Schengen member countries and Norway on security and free movement in Europe, which culminated in the Nordic Schengen Agreement, signed in 1996. From 2003 to 2008, she held the position of Director of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation’s Western European Office. Ms. Faremo has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career, including Norwegians Peoples’ Aid, the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway.

Hans Kostwein

Managing Director

After having completed the studies of industrial engineering and management at the Technichal University of Graz, Hans started his career in the family business Kostwein Maschinenbau KG. Today, he is managing director of the Kostwein Group which incorporates 4 sites in Carinthia (Austria), one site in Croatia (founded in 2001) and one site in India (founded in 2010). In 2014, he was nominated to become a member of the EFQM-Board where he represents the small and medium enterprises of the machine industry.


Birte Lübbert

Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Management

Birte Lübbert has been appointed in 2018 as Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Management. She is a member of the Supervisory Board at Automotive Steering. She started her career at Robert Bosch in 1995 as Engineer Development of Electronic Control Units Diesel Systems in Feuerbach. In 1998, she was Senior Manager of Electronics Control Units Diesel Systems in Higashimatsuyama (Japan). In 2002, she worked as Senior Manager for Development of ABS and ESP Chassis Systems in Abstatt, in 2004, as Director Quality Management and Processes Automotive Electronics in Reutlingen, in 2007, as Vice President Production at Airbag Electronic Control Units in Ansbach, in 2010, as Technical Plant Manager Automotive Electronics in Madrid (Spain), then in Reutlingen in 2014. She studied electrical engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).


Nieves Segovia Bonet


Educator and expert in learning innovation, Nieves Segovia is President of SEK Education Group, comprising of University Camilo José Cela and SEK International Schools.  SEK was founded in 1892. The group currently has nine schools in Spain, France, Ireland and Qatar, as well as UCJC University in Madrid, with over 15,000 students. Nieves Segovia sits on the Education Advisory Board of the Spanish Ministry of Education. She chairs the Felipe Segovia Foundation and is a member of the board of trustees of Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación, and Fundación Transforma España. She is Vice-Chair of the Global Sports Innovation Center, the Club Excelencia en Gestión and the Edutech Cluster Spain. She is also a member of Ashoka Support Network.  She founded and promotes the Global Education Forum, a community of education innovators, and SEK Lab, the first accelerator of Ed Tech start-ups in Spain. In 2017 she launched the UCJC Integra Programme, a university refugee education scheme, which has now been joined by Sphera, a cross-cultural social entrepreneurship hub, and EachTeach, a global refugee teacher training initiative.  Among other awards, Nieves Segovia has received the UNICEF Prize for Education in Values and is recognised among the most influential women in education. She is a regular speaker at education forums and writes frequently for the media and specialised magazines.  Nieves Segovia is a 2019 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow. Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative is a year-long, cross-disciplinary program designed to prepare experienced leaders to tackle complex social challenges.

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Franz-Peter Walder

Board Member

Franz-Peter Walder holds a PHD in Technical Science and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management (TU WIEN). He was lecturer at several Universities and is author/co-author of numerous books, publications and articles. In his professional career he is entrepreneur and managing partner of FACT Consulting, focusing on Strategic Management, Leadership, Business Excellence, and M&A projects. Franz was part of the successful establishment of the Austrian Excellence Award based on the EFQM Excellence Model in 1995. Since 2005 Franz is in charge of the Austrian Excellence Award, member of the jury and responsible Board Member of Quality Austria

The FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE meets at least twice a year and assists the Board of Directors on all financial matters. This includes budgeting and review of financial statements which are audited annually by KMPG. 


  • Russell Longmuir, EFQM
  • Geert Opdenbosch, EFQM
  • Elodie Buronfosse, Keolis
  • Alessandro Carano

The NOMINATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE assist the Board of Directors for the nomination and remuneration of EFQM’s CEO. It meets on an as needed basis. It also assists the CEO on key HR issues if requested.


  • Paul Little, City of Glasgow College
  • Hans Kostwein, Kostwein Group