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 July/August 2019

Board MemberFirst ElectedRe-electedTerm Ends
Ayesha Imam (Chair)April 2017 April 2020April 2023
Michael Hammer17 Nov. 2014AGM 2018AGM 2021
Ravi RajanAGM 2015AGM 2018AGM 2021
Sue Cooper (Treasurer)July 2018 AGM 2021
Ailun YangJuly 2019 AGM 2022
Ifeoma MaloJuly 2019AGM 2022
Marcelo IniarraJuly 2019 AGM 2022

Ayesha ImamAyesha Imam, Board Chair

Ayesha Imam is a rights and sustainable development consultant. She has worked with and for a range of organisations including women’s rights, 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 Organisation (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).

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).

Michael HammerMichael Hammer

Michael Hammer is Global Development Director of World Animal Protection. Previously he was Co-owner and Managing Director of ROCsalt, a network of independent researchers and consultants specialising in policy and reform of international organisations. From 2013 to 2016 he served as Director of INTRAC, an international non-governmental civil society strengthening organisation. From 2006 to 2013 he led not for profit global governance research group One World Trust, benchmarking global organisations’ accountability to citizens.

Michael studied African history in Dakar, Senegal, and holds a research master’s degree in geography, history and urban planning from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He lived and worked in West Africa for several years, researching urban and rural land conflicts in the context of slum rehabilitation and environmental resource degradation. His main professional research and organisational development focus is on accountability, governance and effectiveness of international organisations involved in providing and advocating for access to global public goods, as well as institutional reform in response to climate change.

His volunteer roots in international NGO work and advocacy lie with Amnesty International in Germany with whom he was active as a group member and country coordinator for the West African conflict zones in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from the early 1990s to 2000. He has served on a number of NGO and charity boards including from 2008 to 2014 as a Trustee of BOND, the UK development NGO network. Before joining the International Board of Greenpeace, he served for six years as a Board member of Greenpeace Germany, and as Trustee on the Greenpeace International Council since 2012. He chairs the organisation’s international governance committee since 2013. Michael lives in the UK, and speaks English, German, French and Dutch. He spends too much time in meetings and is happiest in the forest and at sea.

Ravi RajanS. Ravi Rajan

Ravi Rajan is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has served since his appointment in 1997. He has served also a Visiting Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, and Visiting Professor at TERI University. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Delhi, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, and the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin. Ravi has three broad research interests: a) the political economy of environment – development conflicts; b) environmental human rights and environmental justice, and c) risk and disasters. He is the author of many academic publications, and has mentored several doctoral students.

Ravi has also been a significant presence in national and international academic institutions. He has served as Chair of the Outreach Committee of the American Society for Environmental History, and on many of its committees in the past, including as the Program Chair for the Society’s Annual Meeting. He was a founding member of the editorial board of the journal, Environment and History, and currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Environmental Justice, and of the book series of the European Society for Environmental History. He has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), as well as for a number of leading journals and publishers. His public service includes the Presidency of the Board of Directors of Pesticide Action Network, North America (PANNA); board service for the International Media Project, which produces the weekly radio news program, Making Contact; membership of the city of Santa Cruz’s Green Building Committee, which created the new building code for the city; and Charter Membership of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Silicon Valley, the world’s largest not for profit organisation for entrepreneurs.

Rajan is married and has three adorable children – a human and two feline.

Sue CooperSue 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 semi-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.

Ailun YangAilun Yang

Ailun Yang, Director of Global Coal and Air Pollution, Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Ailun Yang manages the international initiatives of the Environment Program at the Bloomberg Philanthropies, with a focus on climate, energy and air pollution. Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ailun worked for the ClimateWorks Foundation as the China Strategist where she advised major foundations on their grant-making strategies in China. Before her time at ClimateWorks, Ailun worked at the D.C. office of the World Resources Institute where she led the research efforts to build the evidence base for low-carbon development in major developing countries such as China and India . Before that, Ailun was the Head of Climate and Energy at Greenpeace China for seven years. Ailun served on the Board of Greenpeace East Asia from 2016-2019. Ailun holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Manchester, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Ifeoma MaloIfeoma Malo

Ifeoma Malo is the CEO of Clean Technology Hub – Energy Innovation Center and Country Campaign Director for Power for All in Nigeria. She leads the Nigerian campaign to promote Distributed Renewable Energy in Nigeria and is one of the country’s leading energy access experts. She helped to set up and incubate the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), and has advised a range of government agencies on how best to support market growth, and engaged both the national media, the faith community and donor groups and agencies in the promotion of distributed renewable energy.

She has held Senior Policy Advisory positions on Energy Policies, Regulations and Partnerships at the Ministry of Power in Nigeria, where she led a number of policy and partnership initiatives for the Nigerian Power Sector including cultivating and managing relationship with the World Economic Forum and World Energy Council, the Europe Energy African Partnership, The West African Power Industry Convention and the African Utilities Week (AUW).

Ify Malo is a qualified attorney with graduate degrees in Law, Business and Public Policy. She is an African Leadership Initiative PIA Fellow (2012); A Desmond Tutu Fellow (2013); a Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellow (2014); A Dwight Eisenhower Fellow (2015); Global Leadership Academy Fellow (2017). Ifeoma seats on a number of Non-Profit Boards which includes the following: West Africa Power Industry Convention & Future Energy Nigeria (WAPIC), BudGIT, Positive Action Treatment Access, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Greenland Assistance Haven, STOP SCAN and SI4DEV.

Marcelo IniarraMarcelo 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.

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.

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