IWPR Trustees

Institute for War & Peace Reporting is an international network of organisations governed by senior journalists, peace-building experts, regional specialists and business professionals. The Institute is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom, an organisation with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) in the United States, and a charitable foundation in The Netherlands.

The international chairman of the board is Sir David Bell, a director of The Economist and most recently long-standing chairman of the board of Pearson, plc, and The Financial Times. The chairman of IWPR in the US is Ralph H. Isham, a New York-based investor and philanthropist. Founder and Managing Director of GH Venture Partners LLC, Ralph was formerly a Fellow with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the SALT II treaty hearings and worked as a congressional staff member. The chairman of IWPR in the Netherlands is Zoran Pajic, a professor of international humanitarian law at King’s College, London. Formerly on the law faculty of Sarajevo University, Zoran served as senior human rights advisor to Lord Ashdown as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Until his retirement in 2009, David was chair of Pearson, Inc, and chairman of the Financial Times Newspaper Group. David is also a non-executive director of The Economist, the Vitec Group, plc and The Windmill Partnership. His not-for-profit roles include chairmanships of Common Purpose International, Crisis, Sadler's Wells and the International Youth Foundation. From 1995-2002, David served as chair of the Millennium Bridge Trust, which was responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across the Thames in the centre of London for 100 years. Educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, David began his career as a journalist and editor with the Financial Times, serving as Washington correspondent and managing editor, and launching the international edition of the FT. David is currently serving as an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry, established by the UK Prime Minister to look into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

Marlene brings diverse and extensive experience in the field of finance, media and marketing. For 17 years she served as chief of staff to Walter Cronkite, assisting him in all areas of his media, business and personal affairs, and organising a spectacular memorial service at Lincoln Center gathering three presidents and an all-star cast. Previously she served as a vice president for marketing at Bear Sterns. Currently she is serving as associate producer at Colonial Pictures on two documentaries on Cronkite.

Christiane Amanpour is chief international correspondent at CNN and a contributor to ABC's news programming. Amanpour has reported on all the major crises from the world's   many hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans and the United States during Hurricane Katrina. She has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and nine honorary degrees. In October, 2010 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her "highly distinguished, innovative contribution" to the field of journalism.

Anne is an author, columnist for The Washington Post, and Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute. A member of The Post's editorial board from 2002 to 2006, she has written for The Economist, Spectator and the Evening Standard. Her books include Gulag: A History, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004, and the recent Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945–1956, which was a National Book Award finalist.

Anthony Borden is the founder of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. Anthony was editor of the highly regarded magazine War Report from 1991-98. In 1999, he was commended for the “Best Online Journalism Service” in the 1999 NetMedia journalism awards, for IWPR's reporting on the Kosovo crisis. He has worked with the UK's Department for International Development assessing media programs in post-communist countries. He has received a MacArthur Foundation NGO research fellowship to study media and conflict at King’s College, London. He worked as an editor and reporter for Harper's, The Nation and The American Lawyer, and contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Guardian and numerous other publications. He comments regularly on conflict and media issues for the BBC, CNN and other media. Anthony serves as chair of the governors of Wroxham School, a leading creative-learning state primary and a National Teaching School based in Hertfordshire, UK.

Executive Director

Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford, and Official Fellow, Linacre College. A former editor of the World Policy Journal, he recently served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the author of A New Trusteeship?: The International Administration of War-torn Territories.

Tomás Carruthers is Chairman and CEO of CAL, which he founded in 2003.  In 1994, he was the first to be licensed by the London Stock Exchange to publish share price data on the internet. Through the start up of ESI Electronic Share Information Ltd, now the UK division of E*TRADE Financial Corp, he was a pioneer of the online broking sector in Britain. From 1998-2001, he was CEO of interactive investor plc. In 2001, he was voted the most influential executive in the “top fifty in online financial services” by EFS (Electronic Financial Services) magazine.  Following the acquisition of interactive investor, he was appointed a Director of AMP International & Technology Ventures.  He was educated at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Ralph H. Isham is founder and Managing Director of GH Venture Partners LLC, ("GHVP"), a New York private merchant bank formed in 1998. Before joining GHVP, Mr. Isham worked as a consultant to corporate management with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and with Strategic Planning Associates (Mercer Consulting acquiree). Mr. Isham was formerly a Fellow with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the SALT II treaty hearings. He also served on the staff of Congressman James W. Symington of St. Louis, Missouri and Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.

Dean of The Media School, Bournemouth University, Stephen has spent most of his working career as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe, the Middle East and the United States for Reuters and completing his career at the news agency as global Head of News. A member of the advisory board of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, he is also deputy chair of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund.

Christina Lamb is an award-winning journalist and currently Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times. After graduating from Oxford, she reported on the mujaheddin war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan and went on to cover wars from Iraq to the Siachen Glacier, interviewed dictators like General Pinochet and heroes like Nelson Mandela. In 2006, she narrowly escaped with her life when the Taleban ambushed British troops in Helmand, and in 2007 she was on Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto's bus when it was bombed. As well as the Sunday Times, Christina’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, New Statesman, Spectator and Time magazine. She has also written many books including The Africa House; House of Stone (on Zimbabwe), Waiting For Allah – Pakistan's Struggle for Democracy; The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years, and Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands.

Richard McCall, Creative Associates Senior Vice President of Programs, oversees the portfolios of the Communities in Transition and the Education, Mobilization, and Communication divisions. He is responsible for the successful planning, execution and implementation of programs in more than 15 countries worldwide, many of them in volatile post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan and Sudan. Dick also brings to Creative’s Center for Stabilization and Development his extensive experience in bridging peace with stability; his diplomatic skills in bringing resistance groups to join in advancing peace; and experience working with host governments at both the grassroots and the highest levels of government, as he did in his role as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State during his tenure at the U.S. Department of State.

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about foreign affairs, American politics, and books. He is the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two works of non-fiction, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is the editor of a new two-volume edition of Orwell’s essays. His first play, “Betrayed,” based on a New Yorker article, won the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding Off Broadway play in 2008. A collection of his essays, Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, will be published in November 2009.

Professor of international law, formerly at Sarajevo University and recently head of the Legal Reform Unit in the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina under Lord Ashdown. Currently a visiting professor in the department of war studies at King’s College, London, and a member of IWPR’s board of trustees.

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Defense Studies, Kings College London, specialising in European security issues including arms control and NATO-Russia and Us-European relations. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Prospect Magazine and was a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (1998-2003). She was formerly National Director of the Council for a Livable World in Washington, D.C. and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Sigrun Slapgard, a Norwegian writer, international reporter and documentary director, has authored works including Dikterdronningen, a biography of Nobel prizewinner Sigrid Undset (published Gyldendal, 2007), which has been translated into several languages. She has also written books about her experience as a war reporter and on her years living in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In 2002, her biography of the famous war correspondent Lise Lindbæk, Krigens penn, was awarded the Melsom prize. Slapgard has worked as an anchor for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, and made several documentaries for it. She is currently working on a new book on Latin America. 

Executive director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former reporter with Time magazine and former executive director of the Winston Foundation, he is author, co-author and/or editor of ten books on international affairs, including Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade, and creator, as a Fulbright Scholar, of an educational website on the conflict in Cyprus.

A former columnist, foreign editor, and long-time war correspondent, he was named International Reporter of the Year for his reporting in 1975 from Vietnam, and received numerous awards, including the Journalist of the Year and the James Cameron Award, for his reporting on the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf war. His first job in journalism was on The Sun.