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 stnadards. 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:
Vice-chair and Interim Chair
Sarah is Canadian and lives in Tkaronto (Toronto) on ancestral lands governed by the One Dish One Spoon Wampum of the Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. She works at Klippensteins, a social justice and public interest litigation firm. She holds a law degree and a Master of Global Affairs with a specialization in Global Civil Society from the University of Toronto. She also has an undergraduate degree in political science, with a focus on globalization and governance.
Sarah has been a member of Amnesty International since 1999, and was elected to the International Board in 2013. She served on Amnesty International Canada's (English-speaking) board for over four years, including over three as President of the branch. She also spent several years working in a variety of activist capacities within and outside of Amnesty, particularly relating to Indigenous peoples’ rights, gender, corporate accountability, anti-oppression, youth and student leadership, and human rights issues in Colombia.
Sarah has worked with a range of other NGOs and civil society actors in legal, research, and advocacy roles, including Médecins Sans Frontières, the Centre for Public Interest Law’s Mining Communities Support Programme, the One Justice Project, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, the International Human Rights Program, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She has received numerous awards for her research and writing on human rights issues.
Vincent Adzahlie-Mensah is Ghanaian academic at the University of Education, Winneba with extensive experience in research, organizational leadership and institutional governance. He 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. In his professional life Vincent is the Vice Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Education, Winneba. He has undertaken research for many international organizations including The Economist Intelligence Unit (UK), British Council (UK), USAID, World Vision and Australia Aid.
Vincent joined Amnesty International in 2001. Since then, he has served in various capacities, including as a member of the National Council, where he served as liaison for the West Africa Human Rights Education Project. He became Board Chair of AI Ghana in January 2009. During that period he led AI Ghana - developing policies, establishing effective governance systems and a leadership development programme – in the transition to regain section status in 2012. During that time Vincent was also a member of the Governance Committee of the International Board, and was involved in developing the Core Standards. He was elected as member of the International Board of Amnesty International in August 2013.
Outside of Amnesty International, Vincent was a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghana Human Rights NGOs Forum. He served as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba. He served as Board member of several organizations including 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. He was National Coordinator for Youth Development Foundation (YODEF). He also worked as liaison for Youth for Human Rights International in human rights education.
Fabiola Gutiérrez Arce
Fabiola is a political scientist and holds a master's degree in cultural studies. She has experience as a researcher and specialist in qualitative analysis as well as teaching. She has dedicated her research work to the analysis of cases of violence against women in the context of armed conflict. In addition, Fabiola has participated in various research projects and publications that directly addressed the issue of democracy and human rights in her country, undertaking field work and data collection in different regions of Peru, working in intercultural spaces and, in some cases, high-risk areas.
Fabiola also has a wide experience as an activist and member of Amnesty International. She has been the coordinator of an activism team and has led the Governance Training Commission of the Peruvian Section, as well as being an active participant in the Environment and Human Rights and Legal Affairs commissions. She has also been a member on the Board of the Peruvian Section for two consecutive terms and has been part of the Amnesty International Women’s Humans Rights Network.
Fabiola was elected to the International Board in August 2017.
A Londoner by birth, 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’s background is as an entrepreneur. Inspired by a trip to Pisa in 2009, he left leading venture capital firm Index Ventures to start onefinestay, a pioneering luxury hospitality business that lets travellers enjoy hotel services in beautiful homes while the owners are out of town. Having scaled to a team of over 700 across several international hubs, the company was acquired by AccorHotels in 2016. Following its acquisition Greg stepped down as CEO and Chairman after seven years at the helm.
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. He also sits on the boards of APCOA, Europe's largest car park operator, and pioneering organic baby food business, Pumpkin. Greg was a co-author of the 2017 Taylor review of modern working practices, commissioned by the British Prime Minister.
In October 2017, Greg joined the faculty at Harvard Business School, affiliated with the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, where he teaches the required first year MBA course on entrepreneurship. He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School.