IIED Europe

IIED Europe was created to contribute to efforts to achieve major progress towards the goals of sustainable development. Registered in the Netherlands as a not-for-profit foundation in late 2020, its focus is global environmental and social change, including the impacts of European actors.

View of a picturesque outside area in front of buildings

IIED Europe is based next to the Hortus Botanicus, a botanical garden in the Plantage district of Amsterdam (Photo: sharyn morrow, via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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IIED Europe collaborates closely with partners in Europe and the global South, and brings the realities facing people in Asia, Africa and Latin America to European policymakers and wider audiences. We generate and share evidence of what’s happening, and how positive change can be better supported and enabled around the world.

Over the past two years we have established IIED Europe with a small core staff capacity located in Amsterdam (hosted by IUCN Netherlands). Our priority for the coming year is to grow IIED Europe so that its operations and its strategy are well-founded and clearly communicated with a broad range of audiences in the European Union (EU) and globally.

In February 2023 Alexandre Fernandes was appointed as IIED Europe's development director, and over the course of the rest of the year we will develop a number of focused workstreams and increased staff capacity, so that we can contribute substantively to efforts by a broad range of governments and organisations to address the challenges of climate change, threats to natural systems, the impacts of urbanisation around the world and the roles of private sector actors.

IIED Europe aims to maximise the impact of its work by delivering through partnership. As a small and newly established organisation coming into a crowded space, where many older research institutes exist that work on parallel and complementary issues, we need to partner with others to achieve the impact we’re seeking. 

Particular selling points for IIED Europe are: IIED’s high reputation and track record, the focus on the relationship between developing countries and the EU with a developing country perspective, the bottom up co-creation approach, the core values and the attention to a just transition for all.

This makes it an attractive partner for other organisations that share these core values but focus on complementary issues. It will allow us to build a series of strategic partnerships, which will in turn enable us to maximise the impact of IIED Europe’s outputs and outcomes on EU policymaking processes by operating through coalitions of organisations. 

If you want to work with us, please get in touch at info@iied-europe.org 

IIED Europe aims to collaborate closely with IIED in the UK, though they are fully independent organisations with distinct governance and decision-making structures.

Organisation details

Statutory name: Stichting International Institute for Environment and Development Europe
Public name: IIED Europe
RSIN/fiscal number: 862003234
Kvk number: 81230710
Address: Plantage Middenlaan 2K, 1018 DD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: info@iied-europe.org 


IIED Europe has a supervisory board and management board. The supervisory board is the highest body of the foundation and oversees the management’s policy and general affairs of the foundation.

Supervisory board

•    Maarten van Aalst 
•    Silvia Charpentier
•    Alicia Pérez-Porro

The management board is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and meets monthly. Management board members retire in accordance with a schedule of retirement drawn up by the supervisory board, with an initial period of office of four years but can be reappointed without limit.

Management board

•    Tom Mitchell (chairman)
•    Tom Bigg (treasurer)
•    James Persad (secretary)
•    James Mayers

Financial arrangements

IIED Europe is a non-profit making organisation, and its income will be used solely to achieve its objectives.

The members of the supervisory board receive no financial reward but may claim reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out their duties as part of the supervisory board.

Further details of the remuneration policy, spending policy, recruitment of funds and other financial matters can be found in the IIED Europe policy plan (PDF).

Read IIED Europe’s financial statement for its first year of operation (PDF).


IIED Europe has charitable foundation status in the Netherlands – Algemeen Nut beogende instelling (ANBI).

IIED Europe is committed to gender justice and diversity. Read about our gender equity plan (PDF).