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 December 2021
|Board Member||First Elected||Re-elected||Term Ends|
|Ayesha Imam (Chair)||April 2017||April 2020||April 2023|
|Sue Cooper (Treasurer)||July 2018||AGM 2021||AGM 2024|
|Ailun Yang||July 2019||AGM 2022|
|Ifeoma Malo||July 2019||AGM 2022|
|Marcelo Iniarra||July 2019||AGM 2022|
|Nikhil Aziz||Dec 2021||AGM 2024|
|Shanice Firmin||Dec 2021||AGM 2023|
Ayesha Imam, Board Chair
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.
Sue Cooper, Treasurer
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- The Greenpeace International Development Director (IDD) works to keep the Greenpeace global network together and stronger, while helping ensure the growth and development of the individual NROs. The IDD also ensures the alignment and synergies between global and NRO strategies.
- The Greenpeace International Chief Operating Officer (COO) has oversight over all internal ongoing organisational issues for Greenpeace International, tasked with implementing daily organisational operations, aligned with those goals and GPI strategies. The COO has a strong focus on systems management, and on building further excellence in the Finance, People and Culture and IT Departments.
- The Greenpeace International Director of the Executive Director’s Office (DEDO) plays an operational and strategic role to help the International Executive Director (IED) in shaping and managing top priorities for the organisation (GPI) in close coordination with the Strategy & Management Team (SMT).
- The Greenpeace International Operations Director (IOD) provides leadership to the actions, ships and investigations units at GPI, to ensure campaigns are inspiring, engaging, and impactful.
- The Greenpeace International Programme Director (IPD) is responsible for the development of global Greenpeace programme strategies and its alignment across the network.
- The Greenpeace International Global Engagement Director (GED) works to ensure Greenpeace inspires, mobilises and engages millions of people to campaign alongside us and contribute to our campaigns and organisations globally.
- The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will lead Greenpeace International in achieving short-term technology solutions while creating and delivering a longer-term vision for innovation, to keep us at the cutting edge of technology.
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.
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:
- To establish and uphold the core principles of the organisation;
- To elect or remove the Greenpeace International Board;
- To approve the opening of new Greenpeace organisations;
- To approve the annual Greenpeace International budget ceiling;
- To identify issues of strategic significance to be addressed by the organisation.
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
The content on each subsection of greenpeace.org is published and managed by the relevant Greenpeace organisation. Pages whose address begins with http://www.greenpeace.org/international, for example, are under the editorial control of Greenpeace International. For questions, comments or other feedback, please contact the responsible Greenpeace organisation. You can generally see at the top of each page which organisation’s section you are on.