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International Board

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting is governed by senior journalists, peace-building experts, regional specialists and business professionals. All Members serve on the IWPR International Board, to provide strategic, guidance, issues and regional expertise, development and outreach assistance, and direct support.
David Bell
Chair, UK Governance Committee; Member, US Governance Committee.
Bio

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.

Ralph H. Isham
Chair, US Governance Committee; Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

Ralph is founder and Managing Director of GH Venture Partners LLC, (GHVP), a New York private merchant bank formed in 1998. Before joining GHVP, Ralph worked as a consultant to corporate management with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and with Strategic Planning Associates (Mercer Consulting acquiree). Ralph 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.

Derk Sauer
Chair, NL Governance Committee
Bio

Derk Sauer is vice-president of the Russian holding company Onexim and responsible for its media, notably RBC, which is the leading independent news and business information platform in Russia. Previously, he was the founder and chairman of Independent Media in Russia as well as the publisher of the Moscow Times and the Russian editions of Cosmopolitan, FHM and many other titles. He was also chairman of Vedomosti, the Russian business daily published in cooperation with the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. Derk was also a co-owner and chairman of the Dutch newspaper NRC. He started his journalistic career at the age of 18 as Belfast correspondent for a Dutch broadcasting company, and went on to produce documentaries from Vietnam, Iran, El Salvador, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chile, Argentina and other countries before serving as editor of the Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu. Derk is also currently chairman of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Marlene Adler
Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

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.

Anthony Borden
Member, International Finance Committee; Member, US Governance Committees
Bio

Anthony is the founder of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He was editor of the highly regarded magazine War Report from 1991-98 and 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 has worked as an editor and writer for Harper's, The Nation, The American Lawyer and HarperCollins, and contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and numerous other publications. He comments regularly on conflict and media issues for the BBC, CNN and other media, and has been heavily involved in IWPR’s extensive media reform programming in Rwanda. Anthony serves as Chair of Governors of Wroxham School, a leading creative-learning state primary and a widely recognised National Teaching School based in Hertfordshire, UK.

Chris Canavan
Member, International Finance Committee; Member & Treasurer, US Governance Committee
Bio

Chris is the Director of Global Policy Development at Soros Fund Management and a member of the Governing Board at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He previously served as Chief Risk Officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. He writes regularly for El Diario / La Prensa, and has served as a professor of economics at Boston College, having received a Ph.D. in Economics and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Richard Caplan
Member, UK & US Governance Committees
Bio

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.

Lorne Craner
Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

Lorne Craner is a founder of Redstone Global, a political risk firm focused on the potential of current non-elites in frontier markets. He is also co-director of the Transatlantic Renewal Project, an organisation dedicated to strengthening US-Central European relations. Craner was twice president of the International Republican Institute. For his accomplishments as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour in the George W Bush administration, Secretary Colin Powell presented Craner with the Distinguished Service Award. A graduate of Georgetown University (MA) and Reed College (BA), Craner is also the President of American Councils for International Education and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Cor Jan Dasselaar
Member, International Finance Committee; Member & Treasurer, NL Governance Committee
Bio

Cor Jan is an independent governance and compliance consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the international financial industry as both a regulator and compliance officer. He is a mentor at StartUpBootCamp FinTech & Cybersecurity in Amsterdam as well as an advisor to Belleron, a company that developed software to detect potential digital terrorism attack aimed at disrupting financial systems. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of anti-money laundering and transaction screening systems within financial institutions. Between 2006 and 2011 he was chairman of the Association of Compliance Officers and received the National Compliance Award in 2012.

Will Gardiner
Member, UK Governance Committee
Bio

Will is the Group Finance Director and a main board director of Drax Group plc, a leading independent electricity company in the U.K. and one of the world’s largest generators of renewable power. Will is also a director of Qardio, Inc. an innovative creator of wireless health products, and serves on the board and as chairman of the Finance Committee of the Groton School, a leading independent school in the U.S. Prior to joining Drax, Will had been the CFO of CSR plc, a global semiconductor company and previously CFO of Easynet, a pan-European Internet Service Provider. Educated at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Will began his career in investment banking first with Citibank and then with J.P. Morgan, working in Latin America and in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors.

Michael Immordino
Member, UK Governance Committee
Bio

Michael Immordino is a top lawyer with significant experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. His practice is based in London and Milan. He is frequently called upon to work with companies and investment banks, especially in connection with complex, international M&A and securities transactions. Michael is an innovative lawyer with an ability to lead pioneering work on behalf of his clients who has worked on many "first time" deals in international markets and in the M&A space for Italian companies.

Ralph H. Isham
Chair, US Governance Committee; Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

Ralph is founder and Managing Director of GH Venture Partners LLC, (GHVP), a New York private merchant bank formed in 1998. Before joining GHVP, Ralph worked as a consultant to corporate management with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and with Strategic Planning Associates (Mercer Consulting acquiree). Ralph 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.

Stephen Jukes
Member, UK & US Governance Committees
Bio

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
Member, UK Governance Committee
Bio

Christina 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.

George Packer
Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

George 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.

Zoran Pajić
Member, UK Governance Committee
Bio

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.

Annelies van der Pauw
Deputy Chair, NL Governance Committee
Bio

Annelies van der Pauw is a corporate lawyer, partner of Allen & Overy in Amsterdam having been active in the corporate and mergers and acquisitions department since 1987. She chairs the Amsterdam corporate practice group and is a member of the Allen & Overy Global Corporate Board as well as the Co-Chair of the Allen & Overy Global CSR team and member of the Allen & Overy Global Foundation for the Allen & Overy pro bono activities. In addition Annelies presently is the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Mondriaan Fonds, the national fund for visual arts in Holland, a Supervisory Board member of Tergooi Ziekenhuizen (hospitals), Board member of Stichting Bijstand Tergooi and a Board Member of the Prinses Beatrix Spierfonds.

 

Derk Sauer
Chair, NL Governance Committee
Bio

Derk Sauer is vice-president of the Russian holding company Onexim and responsible for its media, notably RBC, which is the leading independent news and business information platform in Russia. Previously, he was the founder and chairman of Independent Media in Russia as well as the publisher of the Moscow Times and the Russian editions of Cosmopolitan, FHM and many other titles. He was also chairman of Vedomosti, the Russian business daily published in cooperation with the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. Derk was also a co-owner and chairman of the Dutch newspaper NRC. He started his journalistic career at the age of 18 as Belfast correspondent for a Dutch broadcasting company, and went on to produce documentaries from Vietnam, Iran, El Salvador, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chile, Argentina and other countries before serving as editor of the Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu. Derk is also currently chairman of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Gillian Tett
Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

Gillian Tett is US managing editor of the Financial Times, and a weekly columnist. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Her other honors include a SABEW Award for best feature article (2012), Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards. Her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards (2009). She has also reported for the FT from Tokyo, Russia and Brussels.

Christian Toksvig
Member, UK Governance Committee
Bio

Christian is an international digital media executive with extensive experience launching global media brands and creating partnerships and joint ventures. Currently assisting the launch of a new technology venture, Christian recently served as Vice President for Business Development at Getty Images, where he was responsible for the company’s content sourcing partnerships and development of the company’s international business. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Metro International, launching the Metro title in many markets across Russia, Latin America and Asia. Christian is chair of the Rwanda Creative Hub, an IWPR initiative to incubate local creative and media ventures.

Annemarie Verbeek
Member, NL Governance Committee
Bio

As a staff lawyer with the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the the Council of State for many years, Annemarie assisted in its work as the highest court of administrative law. She also coordinated projects, among them cooperation with other courts as well as the reorganisation and transition of digital systems. From 2012 to 2014 she held the position of head of the office of the vice-president/secretary.

Ramsey Walker
Member, US Governance Committee
Bio

Ramsey works at Goldman Sachs where he and his team advise a select number of entrepreneurs, private equity partners, families and institutions on all aspects of asset and wealth management. Prior to joining Goldman, Ramsey worked as founder/CEO of two companies in the Technology & Media (TMT) industry. Ramsey received his BA with honours from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is co-author of Profit Plan Decisions, a case study published by and taught at Harvard Business School.