Executive Board

Advocating the association’s values, mission and vision

The WAITRO Executive Board constitutes the President, two Vice-Presidents, and five Regional Representatives from Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years, Executive Board members are serving WAITRO voluntarily to govern the association’s activities. WAITRO Executive Board Meetings are held twice a year. During those meetings, Executive Board Members approve the financial statements and endorse the work programs and budget plans for the upcoming period.

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HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is a leading advocate for science as a catalyst for change. She is a dedicated science enabler in the Arab World, where so many challenges urgently need science-based solutions. The Princess has worked for more than a decade to help foster an environment in which home-grown solutions may be found for pressing issues facing Jordan and the region.

HRH is President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Chair of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), and Vice-Chair of the Jordan Museum. In June 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO appointed HRH as UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace.


Her Royal Highness
Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan


Dr. Rubén Cruz is the Director of Laboratories at CIDET. He has served WAITRO as Regional Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2013-2014 as well as Regional Representative from 2015-2018.

Rubén has been actively engaged in WAITRO strategic activities and spreading the word about the Association in his region and beyond. Throughout his diverse career in researching, teaching and management, Rubén has put his focus on the planning, management, monitoring and the regulation of energy markets as well as the use of science, technology and innovation to create shared prosperity. Now he is working in the development of innovations in conformity assessment services.

In his role as Vice-President since 2019, Rubén is committed to strengthening WAITRO through collaboration, collective action and joint engagement and he supports decisively the work of the current Secretariat in evolving the value and sustainability model of WAITRO in order to enable extensively action-oriented partnerships among more members and new strategic partners to build a more inclusive world.


Dr. Rubén Dario Cruz Rodríguez


David Tveit is Executive Vice President at the Danish Technological Institute (DTI). He is responsible for the Institute direction and strategy, international relations and government liaison plus DTI’s participation in major research and development programs.

David has been a board member of WAITRO since 2012 and is now Second Vice-President. Before being appointed as the Second Vice President, David was the Regional Representative for Europe.

He has been actively involved in many WAITRO projects and is currently the DTI representative in an international Benchmark Study, which since 2013 has gathered statistics annually and meets to discuss best practice for RTOs.


David Tveit


Dr Mapitso N Molefe is the Executive Manager responsible for the Advanced Agriculture and Food Cluster and provides oversight to the Next Generation Health Cluster at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.

She is passionate about building science, engineering and technology capabilities and hopes to use her experience attained from public and private sector to advance the goals of WAITRO, with particular focus on strengthening relations between African RTOs and improving collaboration and synergies within the RTO’s Global Innovation Family.


Dr Mapitso Molefe