For the moment the TK Initiative is being managed as a programme of UNU-IAS. As such it is directed by the Director of UNU-IAS. All decisions relating to this programme are taken after extensive consultation with a wide range of relevant indigenous people and key organisations.
The TK Institute, as a UNU centre, will be managed by the Director of the TK Institute who will report to the Rector of the UNU. Management of all UNU centres are also assisted by an advisory board of the centre.
The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and has over-all responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the University, in accordance with the general policies and criteria formulated by the UNU Council.
The UNU Council is composed of twenty-four members serving in their individual capacity, who are appointed jointly by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Director-General of UNESCO, in consultation with the agencies and programmes concerned and taking into account the views of appropriate representative bodies. The Rector is also a member of the Council.
The University has autonomy within the framework of the United Nations. It also has the academic freedom required for the achievement of its objectives, with particular reference to the choice of subjects and methods of research and training, the selection of persons and institutions to share in its tasks, and freedom of expression. The University shall decide freely on the use of the financial resources allocated for the execution of its functions.