Board of trustees

IIED's board of trustees is legally responsible for all the activities that we undertake. The trustees are all unpaid volunteers who are responsible for ensuring that IIED abides by its charitable aims, works within the law and delivers its mission effectively by overseeing our overall policies and objectives and ensuring our work is monitored and evaluated effectively. Chaired by Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the IIED board of trustees is presently made up of 12 representatives from 10 countries around the world who serve for a three-year term, which can be renewed for a further three years.

Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2018

Previous years

Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2017

Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2016
Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2015
Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2014
Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2013

Batkhishig Baival's picture
Dr Batkhishig Baival is co-founder and board director of Nutag Action Research Institute (NAR Institute) in Mongolia. She has technical and degree qualifications in rangeland and community-based natural resource management, organisational development and biotechnology. more
Les Campbell's picture
Les Campbell is a chartered accountant with 40 years' experience in various finance roles in the UK, most recently as finance director at the Department for International Development. He has over ten years' experience in various executive and non-executive roles, primarily focusing on finance, strategy and more
Fatima Denton's picture
The Gambia
Fatima Denton is the Director of the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa at the United Nations University, Ghana. Prior to joining UNU, Dr Denton has worked in Ethiopia since 2012 with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which is principally concerned with natural capital and their interactions with sustainable development. Her roles included Director of the Natural Resource Management Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy more
David Elston is a practicing commercial solicitor with more than 35 years' experience of working in-house in the financial service sector and engineering, and is currently the company secretary for a life and pensions business and working as a consultant in other legal and commercial more
Ahmed Galal's picture
Ahmed Galal is currently chair of the board of trustees of the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum (MENA HPF), and is a member of the board of directors of several institutions, including the Center for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI, Canada), Zewail City, Beltone Financial Holding, Al Nidaa NGO, and Baseera. He is a columnist at Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper (Cairo) more
Rebeca Grynspan's picture
Chair, Costa Rica
Rebeca Grynspan was appointed the secretary-general of the Ibero-American Secretariat in 2014. Formerly a UN Under-Secretary-General and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, she was Vice-President of Costa Rica between 1994 and more
With more than 36 years of experience in the public sector, Michael Horgan provides clients with strategic advice on the financial sector and on the Canadian and international economies. In addition, he has expertise on Aboriginal, energy and environmental more
Treasurer, UK
Angela McNaught is a certified accountant (FCCA) with more than 30 years experience working in a variety of financial roles. She holds a BSc in geography and more
Susan Parnell's picture
South Africa
Susan Parnell is a Global Challenges Professor in Urban Development at the University of Bristol. She co-founded the African Centre for Cities and continues to be an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town. She has held previous academic positions at Wits University and the University of London (SOAS) and visiting research fellowships from the LSE, Oxford University, Durham University, the British more
Sheela Patel's picture
Sheela is the founder and Director of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) India, which is based in Mumbai, and works in partnership with the National Slum Dweller Federation and Mahila Milan. She is also Chair of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) more
Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel's picture
Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel has 28 years of experience in the environmental field. He has a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Engineering from the Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM) and a Master in Science degree in Marine Biology and Seafood Technology from Oregon State more
Tara Shine's picture
Tara Shine currently works as head of research and development at the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (CMRC). She previously worked for CMRC from October 2009 when she was awarded EPA research fellowship as part of the Climate Change Research Programme. This research looked at policy related to adapting to climate change in Ireland and internationally with a focus on informing emerging policy in this field and ensuring policy more
Elizabeth Stephen is a leader in legal and governance in the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) sector. Most recently she served as director of organisational governance and general counsel at Save the Children, the leading global child rights INGO. She has a record of delivering strategic projects and change management, including leading on the global merger and restructuring of Save the Children, and has extensive experience working with boards, senior leaders and stakeholders in non-profit sectors and in the public sector at the more