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, secretary-general of the Ibero-American Secretariat and formerly a UN Under-Secretary-General, the IIED board of trustees is presently made up of 12 representatives from nine 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, 2019

Previous years

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
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
David Elston's picture
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
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
Angela McNaught's picture
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 more
Elizabeth Stephen's picture
Acting chair, UK
Acting chair | 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