The International Board consists of nine people, each of whom is a member of Amnesty International. They are elected to office by the Global Assembly (GA), which meets annually. Up to two additional members can be appointed by the Board itself as co-opted members.
The elected International Board members’ three-year terms are staggered, with one third of the members up for re-election at each GA meeting. Each member is eligible for re-election for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The co-opted members serve a term of up to two years commencing from the date of teh preceding GA meeting with a maximum of two terms.
The elected members of the International Board may not include more than one member from the same country, state or territory.
The International Board meets at least four times a year.
The International Board provides global stewardship for the fufilment of the movement's mission and vision and its compliance with global policies and standards. Its remit is defined in Article 19 of the Statute.
- provides proposals for the approval of the Global Assembly including on the international financial assessment system, global governance procedures, global standards and the Strategic Goals;
- oversees the movement’s finances and risks;
- oversees the protection of the movement’s reputation and resources;
- oversees the work and operations of the International Secretariat including by appointing the Secretary General, approving the International Secretariat’s annual audited accounts and budget and appointing its auditors;
- monitors compliance of all parts of the movement with the provisions of the Statute, the decisions of the Global Assembly and other global policies and standards;
- approves the establishment of membership entities and other movement entities;
- exercises the functions necessary to implement Article 34 of the Statute; and
- provides reports, at least once a year, to the movement on the budget, the financial position of the movement and of the International Secretariat and on the International Board’s work and performance.
The International Board appoints and directs Amnesty International's Secretary General who, in turn, is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the international movement, acting as the movement’s chief spokesperson, its chief political advisor and as the chief executive officer of the International Secretariat.
The International Board is accountable to the GA.
Contact the International Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current members of the International Board:
Chair - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Remuneration Committee; Strategic Goals; Law and Policy)
Sarah is a lawyer and the founder of Beamish Law, based in Toronto, Canada. She practices across a range of areas, with a focus on civil litigation, human rights law, and non-profit/charity law, and on serving people and groups that face systemic discrimination, particularly Indigenous people(s). Prior to founding her own practice, Sarah worked at boutique Indigenous rights and social justice/public interest litigation firms in Toronto. In addition to her legal practice, Sarah teaches a graduate course called International Legal Challenges at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (University of Toronto). She has also undertaken human rights-related work on discrimination and on corporate accountability in the extractives sector. Sarah holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto where she was awarded the faculty’s prizes for achievements in Human Rights Law and Feminist Analysis of Law. She also holds a Master of Global Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Sarah was elected to the International Board in 2013 and was then elected as Vice-chair in 2017 and Chair in 2019. She was formerly President of the board of Amnesty International Canada (English-Speaking). Sarah was born in Saskatchewan and grew up across Treaty Six territory in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Her ancestors come from western Europe and Aotearoa-New Zealand. She is a member of the Ngaruahinerangi (Maori) iwi (tribe) of Aotearoa-New Zealand.
International Treasurer - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Finance and Audit Committee; Remuneration Committee)
Aniket Shah is a practitioner in sustainable finance, whose career has bridged the public and private sectors. He has worked at leading global financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Investec Asset Management and Oppenheimer Funds, and in international policy research at Columbia University and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Sustainable Investment and a Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network where he advises governments, the private sector and major development finance institutions on how to further their efforts in sustainable finance. Aniket has a BA from Yale University and a PhD from the University of Oxford.
Aniket's work with Amnesty International began in 2002 in New Delhi, India, as a student member. He served on the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors for several years, including as Treasurer and Chair. He was elected as the International Treasurer of Amnesty International in August 2019.
Vice Chair - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Global Assembly Preparatory Committee; Wellbeing and Culture)
Vincent is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Studies/Centre for Conflict Human Rights and Peace at the University of Education Winneba in Ghana. He has extensive experience in organizational leadership and institutional governance, including undertaking research for international organizations such as The Economist Intelligence Unit (UK), British Council (UK), USAID, World Vision and Australia Aid. Vincent was a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghana Human Rights NGOs Forum and has served as a board member of Facts for the Youth in the Southern Sector (an affiliate of the International Organisation on Migration in Ghana). He was a Director of Advocates and Trainers for Women’s Welfare Advancement and Rights. Vincent holds a PhD in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex, UK; an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and a BEd. in Social Studies from the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana.
Vincent joined Amnesty International in 2001 and became Board Chair of Amnesty Ghana in January 2009. Vincent joined the Governance Committee of the Amnesty International Board in 2012 and was involved in developing the organisation’s Core Standards. He was elected as member of the International Board of Amnesty International in August 2013.
Christopher Schlaeffer – co-opted member
Christopher is a European entrepreneur, technology executive and activist. He served as Chief Digital Officer of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON) as well as Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Corporate Development Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom (Xetra: DTE). His new company is NYOUM. Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman in 2008 he unveiled the world's first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1. In 2007, he and Tim Cook closed Apple’s historic first partnership on iPhone outside the US.
A graduate of Vienna University of Economics, Christopher has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and ranked one of the Top50 Innovators To Watch. Christopher has extensive experience in board roles and serves as Patron of iamtheCODE.org, the movement to enable 1 million girls from marginalised communities to become coders.
Christopher was co-opted to the International Board in January 2020.
Dr Anjhula Mya Singh Bais - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Conflict Management Assistance Group Liaison; Strategic Goals; Wellbeing and Culture)
Anjhula is an international psychologist, specialised in trauma and a thought leader in psychology, mental health, human rights, and strategic leadership. Anjhula researches, publishes and speaks on trauma, budhism and feminism and regularly contributes op-eds to leading international publications. For two years she hosted a radio programme called #MindMatters on Lite FM with one million listeners. A philanthropist, Anjhula co-founded the Bais-Selvanathan Foundation and has held the titles of World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Marie Claire Woman of the Year influencer. She served as a People to People Citizen Ambassador to Rwanda for genocide reconciliation research and is the youngest person to be appointed to the board of The Institute of Semitics at Princeton.
Anjhula served as Chair of Amnesty Malaysia 2017-2019. An LSE Distinguished Alumni, Anjhula holds a B.A. in psychology from Lady Sri Ram College, University of New Delhi, a M.Sc. in psychoanalysis from University College London and a Ph.D. with distinction from The Chicago School.
Fabiola Gutiérrez Arce - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Governance Innovation Group; Law and Policy)
Fabiola is a political scientist, researcher and teacher based in Peru. She has dedicated her research work to cases of violence against women in the context of armed conflict and specialises in qualitative research methods. In addition, Fabiola has participated in various research projects and publications that directly address the issue of democracy and human rights in Peru, undertaking field work and data collection in different regions of Peru, working in intercultural spaces and, in some cases, high-risk locations. Fabiola coordinated an activism team and led the Governance Training Commission of Amnesty Peru and was an active participant in the Environment and Human Rights and Legal Affairs commissions.
Fabiola holds a master's degree in cultural studies. She was a member on the Board of the Peruvian Section of Amnesty International for two consecutive terms and was part of the Amnesty International Women’s Humans Rights Network. Fabiola was elected to the International Board in August 2017.
Greg Marsh - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Finance and Audit Committee; Governance Innovation Group; Remuneration Committee; International Nominations Committee Liaison; Strategic Goals)
Greg is as an entrepreneur and highly experienced business leader. Following senior positions in the private sector, in 2009 Greg established pioneering luxury hospitality business, onefinestay, of which he was CEO and Chairman until its acquisition by Accor Hotels in 2016. Greg went on to join the faculty at Harvard Business School where he taught the first year MBA course on entrepreneurship. He also he co-authored the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Employment, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister. Greg continues to be a Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School and is Chair of Lyvly, a co-living business and is a non-executive director of APCOA, Europe's largest car park operator.
Greg has an MA in philosophy from Christ’s College, Cambridge and attended Harvard Business School on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he earned his MBA with high distinction and was twice named Ford Scholar, graduating top of his class. Greg was elected to the International Board of Amnesty International in August 2017, having previously served for ten years on the Finance and Audit Committee.
Lulú V. Barrera - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Gender and Diversity Taskforce; Wellbeing and Culture)
Lulú is a feminist activist and human right defender based in Mexico City. Lulú founded and currently leads Luchadoras, a feminist NGO that explores the intersections between gender, technologies and human rights, and works for an Internet free of violence against women. She is part of the National Network of Women Human Right Defenders in Mexico and the Latinamerican Network of Political Innovation. Her professional background is in Anthropology, Gender Studies and Chicana/o Studies and she has developed gender related policies, frameworks and actions in collaboratation with El Colegio de México, Article 19, the mexican think thank FUNDAR, UN Women, the National Institute of Public Health and the Association of Progressive Communications, among others.
Lulú joined Amnesty International as activist in 2005, led the International Youth Advisory Body from 2008 to 2010, and was subsequently elected Chair of AI Mexico. Lulú was awarded the "Hermila Galindo" recognition by the Human Rights Comission in Mexico City and was the recipient of the Womanity Award for her work on promoting women's rights and preventing violence online.
Michael Bergmeijer – co-opted member
Mike Bergmeijer is a retired international news media executive, having spent more than 30 years in various editorial and business roles at Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal/Europe and Reuters News in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
A Dutch national, he also serves on the board of directors and the executive bureau of Reporters Without Borders in Paris. Mike was co-opted to Amnesty’s International Board in January 2020.
Peter Fa’afiu - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Finance and Audit Committee; Strategic Goals)
Peter is a Partner in Navigator Limited, a management consultancy acting as an intermediary for community outcomes in New Zealand and the Pacific Region. Peter is a former diplomat and trade negotiator for the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and spent four years in Jakarta, Indonesia working on political, human rights and security issues. In New Zealand, he has been a former chief executive of a Government company, and previously held governance roles that covered housing, economic development, infrastructure, education, media and broadcasting. He has been a member of the NZ Media Council, New Zealand's media regulatory body.
Peter chaired Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand 2016 – 2019. He is a New Zealander of Samoan descent, holding the chiefly title of Tiumalu. Peter holds and a law and politics degrees from the University of Auckland and management education from Mt Eliza Business School, Melbourne.
Ritz Lee Santos III - (committees, portfolios & liaisons: Governance Innovation Group; Gender and Diversity Taskforce; Law and Policy)
Ritz Lee Santos III is a social activist and human rights defender. He is currently the Executive Director of Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw, Inc. (BALAOD Mindanaw), a legal resource institution based in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanaw, working with the poor and marginalized sectors, identities and local communities particularly in Mindanaw. He also chairs the board of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc. (ALG), a coalition of twenty-three (23) legal resource non-governmental organizations that adhere to the principles and values of human rights, alternative and developmental law. Ritz Lee remains actively involved in policy reform work on social justice and human rights legislation, and in justice system reform work on improving access to justice by the poor through leadership and active participation in alternative and human rights law groups.
Ritz Lee has been a member of Amnesty International Philippines since 1999 and has served on different roles including first elected youth board. He served as Chair of the section for six years. He maintains a local group in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanaw, which is considered as one of the centers of human rights activism in the Philippines.