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 14 representatives from 11 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, 2016

Previous years

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

Filippa Bergin founded the analysis and investment company Invest in Change in 2011 after more than 15 years of experience of practical sustainability work. Invest in Change analyses, invests in and provides investment advice to companies with a sustainable business more
Somsook Boonyabancha is secretary-general of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a coalition of organisations working on urban poor housing development in Asia. She was previously the director of Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) in Thailand. She was born in 1951 in Thailand and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and from the Housing and Urbanization Course in Copenhagen, Denmark during more
The Gambia
Fatima Denton is currently the coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to this, she led one of the largest adaptation research programmes as part of a joint initiative of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), managing a portfolio of more than 45 projects across thirty three countries in Africa on a range of adaptation strategies that will help Africa’s poor cope with climate change 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 is currently managing director of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) and the president and chairman of the Board of Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques (FEMISE). He is a member of the Board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the MENA Health Policy more
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 became a trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in June 2008. At RBGE she is also the chair of the audit committee and is a trustee of the separate Botanic Foundation more
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
Vice-chair, UK
Vice-chair | Ian Rushby currently holds a number of board positions in the public, private and charity sectors: non-executive board member of the Defence Board, the highest-level non-ministerial committee at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and chairman of the Defence Audit Committee, chairman of Global Energy Talent, a privately owned Indian-based company that was founded in 2008 providing recruitment, training and human resourcing consultancy services to the energy sector in Asia, the Middle East and more
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 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