Greenpeace International Board of Directors

The Greenpeace International Board (Stichting Greenpeace Council’s Board) normally consists of seven members. It is the guarantor of the integrity of the organisation and ensures adherence to internationally accepted good governance and financial management standards. It approves Greenpeace International’s budget and audited accounts, and appoints and supervises Greenpeace International’s executive directors.

The Board is also responsible for decisions on wide-ranging strategic and high level campaign areas: deciding organisational policy; approving the global programme planning process; ratifying Annual General Meeting (AGM) decisions and granting the right to use the Greenpeace trademark to new Greenpeace NROs.

The Chair and members of the Greenpeace International Board do not receive a salary, but their expenses are covered and they receive an attendance fee for time spent on board meetings. The compensation model is in compliance with Dutch tax law. Their annual compensation can be found in the financial statements and annual reports.

International Board members are elected for a three-year period by Council at the AGM. All Board members can be re-elected; in practice the number of consecutive terms of office has consistently been limited to two. The International Board reports annually to Council during the AGM.

Current composition as per January 2023

Board MemberFirst ElectedRe-electedTerm Ends
Ayesha Imam (Chair)April 2017April 2020April 2023
Sue Cooper (Treasurer)July 2018AGM 2021AGM 2024
Nikhil AzizDec 2021AGM 2024
Shanice FirminDec 2021AGM 2023
Marcelo IniarraJuly 2019AGM 2022AGM 2025
Helga RainerDec 2022AGM 2025
David TongDec 2022AGM 2025
Von HernandezDec 2022AGM 2025

Ayesha Imam, Board Chair

Ayesha Imam. © Bryce Richter

Ayesha Imam is a rights and sustainable development activist and consultant. She has worked with and for a range of organisations including women’s rights and other Civil Society Organisations, as well as official aid and UN agencies on women’s rights, gender-sensitive research and programming, democracy, sustainable development and organisational support and training.

Ayesha was the chief executive of BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights in Nigeria (which won the John Humphrey Human Rights Award for defence of women’s rights under the Sharia Penal Codes and helped secure acquittals for women and men sentenced to stoning to death); Head of the Culture, Gender and Human Rights Department of UNFPA; and coordinated several global research or capacity-building programmes. She has lectured and carried out research at universities and research institutes in Nigeria, the U.K., Canada and Senegal. Her work is published widely for activist, policy, and academic uses, and includes books, journal articles, policy briefs and activist manuals.

Ayesha has also served on the boards of: the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC); the Women’s Environmental Development Organization (WEDO); the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA); the international solidarity network Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML); the International Council for Human Rights Policy (ICHRP); Africa Action; and the African Centre for Democratic Governance. Ayesha was a member of the GPI Board for seven years (2006-2013) before being asked to come back as Chair in 2017.

Ayesha has a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Sussex (UK) and a Master’s degree in sociology from Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria).

Sue Cooper, Treasurer

Sue Cooper

Sue Cooper joined the Board of Greenpeace International in August 2018 and took the role of treasurer from January 2019. Previously, she served on the board of Greenpeace UK for eleven years, with over five years as the Board Chair.

Sue is a retired accountant and registered auditor, specialising in the charity and not-for-profit sector, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW). For over 25 years she was a principal at the accountancy firm Slade and Cooper in Manchester, England, which works with a wide range of organisations from the not-for-profit sector.

Prior to her career as an accountant, Sue worked in the cultural sector; first in the music industry then as administrator for a multi-arts centre. She has a lifelong interest in music and has played in bands from punk to Klezmer.

Sue has been a political activist all her life – taken on CND demos as a child she progressed to teenage involvement with Anti-apartheid, CND, Anti-Vietnam war activities, school student activism and the Women’s Liberation movement. Currently she is involved with her local Transition group in New Mills, north Derbyshire, England.

Nikhil Aziz

© Nikhil Aziz

Nikhil Aziz is Director of Land, Water, and Climate Justice (LWCJ) at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where he oversees the LWCJ grantmaking program in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and supports US policy advocacy on climate justice. Before joining AJWS, he was Executive Director of Grassroots International, which funded social movements for resource rights and climate justice in the Global South and did advocacy in the United States. Previously, Nikhil was associate director at Political Research Associates, which studied the US right wing for the progressive movement. He continues to speak, teach and write on human rights, international development and social change.

Nikhil has served on the boards of Africa Today Associates, Massachusetts Asians & Pacific Islanders for Health, MASALA (Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association), Resist, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, the Human Rights Funders Network, and the Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE Funders). He divides his time between New York City, US and Mumbai, India.

Nikhil has a Doctorate in International Studies from the University of Denver (USA) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate University (USA).

Shanice Firmin

© Shanice Firmin

Shanice Firmin is a Senior Project Officer for Development, Infrastructure, and Climate Change at the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance with over 6 years of experience in the non-profit sector.

Shanice focuses her time on building community activism that critiques environmental impact assessments and unsustainable developments proposed by industry and government to secure livelihoods, social justice, and a healthy environment for the benefit of all. Shanice is a strong believer in meaningful public participation in environmental governance affecting change in climate legislation. Through the ‘Action 24 – Active citizens for responsive legislatures project’ – she served as the KwaZulu-Natal province lead from 2017-2020. Shanice has developed ‘public participation in the South African legislature’ booklets to assist and equip communities with improved access to information and public participation in decision making enhancing the quality and the implementation of decisions.

Shanice has contributed to research and writing contributions that looked at ‘A Gendered Lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response’. She has also developed an ‘Action 24 Toolkit for Citizens’ Engagement with Legislatures’ that offers step-by-step guidance on how the public can engage, based on the realities observed. Shanice also frequents parliament to make presentations to the department of the Environments oversight committee on incidents and accidents.

When Shanice is not occupied with defending the environment, she is occupied with her two girls.

Marcelo Iniarra

Marcelo Iniarra

Marcelo Iniarra is an environmental activist, a senior public mobilisation & fundraising professional with over 30 years of experience acting in the non-profit sector. Marcelo has worked with many NGO’s, including; Amnesty International, Oxfam, Save the Children, Greenpeace International, Doctors without Borders and Action Aid. Marcelo is now leading his own international consultancy, providing advice and developing successful and creative strategies that helped to mobilise millions of people.

Marcelo began his activist activities to protect the Planet in the mid 80’s at Friends of the Earth & WWF, working in environmental education and interpretation of nature in Argentina. Later on, Marcelo joined Greenpeace where he was the Fundraising Director of Greenpeace Argentina from 1995-2003 and later the Fundraising & Campaign Innovation Manager for Greenpeace International in The Netherlands from 2001-2008. After leaving the executive roles at Greenpeace, Marcelo began to volunteer at Greenpeace, first as the Board Chair and trustee of Greenpeace Mexico in 2015 and therefore at Greenpeace Andino as a Board Member & Chair.

Marcelo was the co-founder and board member of Argentine fundraisers’ organisation AEDROS. Marcelo is an active member of the TED network & organiser of TEDx events in his hometown, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Helga Rainer

Helga Rainer

Helga Rainer has over 20 years of international and environmental development experience. Woven throughout her professional history, her work as a consultant, researcher, grant maker and organiser for environmental and development projects has made her an expert in developing policy, strategies, and programs. 

Helga has efficaciously acted as an expert liaison between a variety of different stakeholders, including conservation leaders, policy makers, researchers, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, corporations, and international donors. This has included informing access to water and sanitation for women in informal settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh, facilitating dialogue between local communities, private and public sectors on ecotourism in Uganda, as well as advising world leaders in Jeju, South Korea on transboundary conservation. 

A passionate advocate of multi-disciplinary approaches, Helga has successfully leveraged multiple perspectives to inform shifts in how institutions engage with nature protection. In addition to numerous publications, she conceived and co-edited a novel interdisciplinary book series on non-human apes. Further building her transdisciplinary practice, Helga co-founded Borderlands Art, an agile space concerned with issues of environment, conflict and repair which uses exhibitions, events and research to foster critical inquiry and advocacy.

Helga has a Doctorate in Geography and Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning from the University of Bath (UK). Helga sits on several non-profit boards which include the Uganda Biodiversity Trust Fund and 32oEast| The Uganda Arts Trust.

David Tong

David Tong

David Tong is the Global Industry Campaign Manager at Oil Change International, a Washington DC-based research and advocacy organisation dedicated to exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy. In this role, David leads Oil Change International’s work to confront big oil and gas companies’ greenwash, working closely with allies across civil society. In particular, David coordinated the successful cross-sectoral ‘#FixTheWEO’ campaign to persuade the International Energy Agency to model a 1.5ºC-aligned energy scenario, resulting in the IEA’s landmark 2021 conclusion that there is no room for new oil and gas beyond existing fields for 1.5ºC.

He lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, New Zealand), and grew up near the shore of the Waitematā Harbour in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Ecological issues and Greenpeace in particular have always been important to him. A few months before he was born, a friend of his father’s witnessed French agents launching a rigid inflatable boat on a boat ramp near his home – on their way to bombing the original Rainbow Warrior.

Before joining Oil Change International, David led WWF-New Zealand’s climate programme, coordinating the civil society coalition supporting youth organisation Generation Zero’s campaign for the country’s Zero Carbon Act, which became law in 2019. From 2014-2016, he worked as a regular freelance contractor for the Climate Action Network International (CAN-International), and in 2015 established the New Zealand CAN node. 

Though now working in climate policy and campaigning, David is a former lawyer, and has worked as a judges’ clerk, a big firm commercial litigator, and a community lawyer. He has a Masters degree in Law with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland, specialising in climate and human rights law. 

Before being elected to the Greenpeace International board, he was the chair of Greenpeace Aotearoa, and had served on that office’s board from 2015. He is also on the board of the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Foundation.

Von Hernandez

Von Hernandez

Von Hernandez is a leading and multi-awarded Filipino environmental activist, whose career has been marked by more than 25 years of campaign leadership, strategic planning, organisational development, and management. He is currently the Global Coordinator of Break Free from Plastic (BFFP), a global movement of more than 2,700 organisations representing millions of people, who have come together to call for massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting and systemic solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.

Von formerly served as Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where he oversaw the development and performance of Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. Prior to this, he also served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led and effectively implemented Greenpeace’s priority programs and operations in Southeast Asia. 

A passionate environmental campaigner, Von has initiated and led a number of local and national campaigns, which led to the approval of landmark laws in the Philippines like the Ecological Waste Management Act and the Clean Air Act. He also spearheaded campaigns to rehabilitate and clean up polluted rivers and contaminated sites in the country. 

In 2003, Von was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work, which led to the first national ban on waste incineration. Being the first Goldman Prize recipient from the Philippines, Von also gained recognition from Asia Inc. magazine as one of Asia’s Young Movers and Shakers in 2004 and from Time magazine as one of the Heroes for the Environment in 2007. In 2010, Reader’s Digest conducted a nationwide Trust Poll, where he emerged as among the top 20 most trusted Filipinos.

Von graduated from the University of the Philippines, with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He finished his Master’s degree in public management (MPM) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of PublicPolicy at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Greenpeace International Management

The Greenpeace International Executive Director (IED) is responsible for the management of Greenpeace International (GPI) and the GPI Strategy and Management Team (SMT). The SMT reports to the IED.

The GPI Strategy and Management Team (SMT) consists of the following roles:

Management remuneration policy

The International Executive Director and the Strategy and Management team are paid a salary that is commensurate with their level of responsibility.

The annual remuneration of the IED as well as the SMT as a whole can be found in the financial statements and annual reports.

Annual reports, Financial Statements and Transparency

Greenpeace International has adopted an Open Information Policy, which is designed to ensure we meet both legal requirements and best practice in the handling of information. It follows the principles of availability, integrity and confidentiality (in priority order), while at the same time safeguarding, from abuse or compromise, our supporters’, people’s, allies’ and partners’ and our own sensitive information.

Here you can find our current annual report and financial statements.

International meetings

High-level international organisational and campaign issues are agreed on at a number of annual international meetings.

Greenpeace International Council and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Each National/Regional Organisation (NRO) Board sends a representative (called a Trustee) to the Greenpeace International Annual General Meeting (AGM). Together, the Trustees make up the Council.

Key responsibilities of the Council include:

These issues are annually debated and voted on by the Trustees at the AGM.

Global Leadership Team (GLT) Meetings

The Global Leadership Team consists of normally seven NRO Executive Directors, selected by the International Executive Director to advise on a wide range of high level strategic issues, such as strategic development of the global network, major programme resources, global standards and evaluations and global programme coordination.

Executive Directors’ Meeting

The Executive Directors of all the NROs meet yearly with the Greenpeace International Executive Director. At these meetings, they aim for broad agreement on issues such as Greenpeace’s role in society; the long term global programme (The Framework) and planning process; and model organisational policies and procedures for the global network.

Editorial ownership of website content

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