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 Tara Shine, an experienced policy adviser and climate negotiator, the IIED board of trustees is presently made up of nine representatives from eight 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, 2021

Previous years

Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2020
Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2019
Read the trustees' report for the year ending 31 March, 2018
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
Treasurer, UK
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
Silvia Charpentier's picture
Costa Rica
Silvia Charpentier is a member of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, and represents the bank in the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) more
After a varied and successful career Paul George has spent the last ten years working with businesses, governments, NGOs and research institutions on sustainability, climate change and international development. He was senior partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers' development and climate practice and oversaw PwC’s role in leading the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, among many other more
Bara Gueye's picture
Bara Gueye is rural economist, with more than 35 years of experience of development practice in Francophone more
Michael Horgan's picture
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
Maria Mähl's picture
Maria is the director of Arabesque Asset Management (with offices in Stockholm and New York). Maria has worked with global leaders in non-governmental organisation, academia, business and governmental agencies to tackle the largest challenges of today; climate change and sustainable more
Cheikh Mbow's picture
Cheikh Mbow is a research professor and the director of Future Africa at the University of Pretoria. He previously served as the executive director of START-International in Washington DC and lead scientist on climate change at the World Agroforestry Center in 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 more
Alicia Perez-Porro's picture
Dr. Alicia Perez-Porro is a marine biologist connecting the environment, gender equality and environmental diplomacy for a more just and sustainable future for all. She is the deputy director of CREAF, a Spanish ecology research centre focused on global change and more
Gabriel Quijandría's picture
Gabriel Quijandría is an experienced professional in environmental and natural resource management, with 20 years of experience in the Latin American region. A Peruvian national, he is an expert in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies with emphasis on climate change, financing of sustainable development and conservation of biological more
Tara Shine's picture
Chair, Ireland
Tara Shine is an experienced policy adviser and climate negotiator, and has worked with several development organisations such as Irish Aid, Sida or the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She is also director and co-founder of Change by Degrees, a social enterprise that delivers sustainability advice. more
Elizabeth Stephen's picture
Deputy chair, UK
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
Maarten van Aalst's picture
Maarten van Aalst is director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and professor in climate and disaster resilience at University of Twente. He has over 20 years of experience bridging climate science, policy and practice, from local to global and across timescales, shaping humanitarian operations, development investments and international policy. more