Our Senior Leadership Team

Our board

James Cameron, Chair

James Cameron is an international lawyer, policy adviser and entrepreneur. He is a partner in a new enterprise called Systemiq, offering a service to create system level changes through mobilising capital and talent, and he is the first Executive Fellow at Yale. He has founded, and been on the founding Boards of numerous organisations designed to use international law to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development. He was also formerly a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group, and Infrastructure UK's advisory board.

Elizabeth Ondaatje

Elizabeth Ondaatje is a public policy researcher. Formerly at the RAND Corporation, she has published widely on a range of issues and currently conducts research pro bono for Human Rights Watch on cybercrime laws in Asia. She serves on the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Committee and the Advisory Board of the Fulbright Scholars Enrichment Program. Previously she served on several charity boards in the arts and education.

Martin Tyler

Martin Tyler is Director of Finance and Resources at the Refugee Council and has previously worked at a senior level in a number of international charities including Amnesty International UK, Christian Aid and the Fairtrade Foundation. At a governance level he has served on the Boards of Divine Chocolate, Pesticide Action Network and Television for the Environment.

Sam Sharpe

Sam Sharpe has been Chief Financial Officer of Save the Children UK since 2014. Before that, he worked for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). He spent 13 years overseas – managing programmes in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and in India during the 1990s, before heading DFID’s South African, and then Indian offices. From 2007 to 2010, he was DFID’s Director of Finance and Corporate Performance.

Yves Daccord

Yves Daccord is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career has spanned more than two decades, taking him to Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Director-General, he held the posts of Head of Communication Division and Director of Communications. He assumed the chair of Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) in January 2015.

Dianna Melrose

Dianna Melrose is a former British High Commissioner to Tanzania and Ambassador to Cuba. As Oxfam GB's first Policy Director, she played a key role in building Oxfam's policy and international advocacy work. At DFID, she developed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and was Head of International Trade. Dianna led UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Policy Planning department, providing challenge and innovative policy thinking for ministers and the Policy Advisory Board.

Fiona Thompson

Fiona Thompson is a board member of Transparency International UK, Forum for the Future and the Westminster Kingsway-City & Islington Colleges of Further Education. She chairs the audit committee for the latter two, and is a member of the audit committee of the UK Department for International Development. She was formerly Vice Chair of CARE International UK.

Shanta Devarajan

Shanta Devarajan is Senior Director for Development Economics at the World Bank. He was Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa, Africa, and South Asia Regions; and director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, his research covers public economics, trade, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries.