International Board Members

International Board Members

The International Board Members work with our Chief Executive

International Board Chair
Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer, is World YWCA General Secretary since 2007. The World YWCA movement extends across 108 countries reaching 25 million women and girls and its priorities are women’s inter-generational leadership, women’s rights, and movement building and governance, with special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, violence against women, peace with justice, and economic empowerment.  Gumbonzvanda worked for over 10 years with the United Nations, as UNIFEM Regional Director, and as UNICEF human rights officer in Liberia and Zimbabwe. She currently chairs the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva and recently served in the UN Commission on Information and Accountability on Women and Children’s Health. Gumbonzvanda has a Master’s degree in Private Law with specialisation in Constitutional Property Law from the University of South Africa and completed postgraduate work on conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. She serves on various Boards of development organisations including ActionAid International, CIVICUS and Save the Children UK. She is the founder and chairperson of Rozaria Memorial Trust and active member of women’s organisations including the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association.
International Board member
Roberto Kishinami holds an MSc in Physic and is one of the best known environmentalists in Brazil. He has enormous professional and academic experience in renewable energy and is a key analyst of the energy sector and on climate change.He has been strongly engaged on many civic mobilizations towards social justice and sustainability,  was a founder of the worker´s party, contributing to re-democratization of Brazil and the advancement of labour rights and social justice.He currently works as a consultant specialising on strategic energy planning, implementation of renewable sources of energy projects, greenhouse gases emission reduction assessment. He previously led Greenpeace in Brazil as Executive director for 7 yearsRoberto Kishinami was chair of ActionAid Brazil from 2002 to 2007.
International Board member and Treasurer
Michael is a former senior partner of the United Kingdom firm of Ernst & Young, a global assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services firm.  He is now a Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young, ex officio Chairman of the United Nations Expert Group on Classification, a trustee of UK Charity, 21st Century Legacy and an independent director of 3 public companies.  Michael has spent the last 38 years specialising in the provision of services to natural resource companies and in stock exchange transactions.  He has been involved in acquisitions, disposals and fund raising for a wide range of companies.  Michael has worked in many emerging and developing markets including in Africa, India, Sri Lanka, the CIS and South America as well as in the UK, Europe, Oceania, North America and the Middle East.  Michael joined the board of Action Aid International in December 2011 and is convenor of the International Finance & Funding Committee.
International Board member
Trine studied political science in Denmark and is specialized in civil society development, democratization and human rights, with a specific focus on women's rights. She's been living and working in the Middle East. Her professional career includes working for the European Commission in Cairo, European Parliament in Brussels, for ActionAid Denmark, International Media Support and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. In Denmark Trine is a well-known public figure, active in debates about international issues and especially those with a development or human rights angle. She has written numerous articles in leading newspapers and appears regularly in debates on national TV.
International Board Member
Andrew is Assembly representative of the UK Affiliate. He is Chair of ActionAid UK since late 2009 and is a member of the Finance and Funding Sub-Committee of the AAI Board.
International Board member
Aruna Rao is a gender and institutional change expert with over 20 years' experience of addressing gender issues in a variety of development organizations, primarily in Asia. Dr. Rao is Director of Gender at Work, a knowledge and capacity building network focused on gender and institutional change. She served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, a worldwide membership organization of civil society organizations, and as a Commissioner of the Commission on Globalization convened by State of the World Forum. She served as President of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) from 1998-2001. Beginning in 1994, she led a team that pioneered a new approach to gender and organizational change in BRAC in Bangladesh. Dr. Rao has consulted widely with UN organizations, academic institutions, and development NGOs both international and national on gender and development and organizational change issues.
International Board Member
(Gambia) A lawyer and women’s rights advocate. Managing Partner Torodo Chambers; specialized in commercial law and practice; consultancies on varied subjects; including environmental law and policies, children and gender legislation and policy, HIV AIDS law and Policy, Forest legislation and policy and local government reforms. A trained Mediator.
International Board member
Mar. Vijay Krishna Shunglu is the former Comptroller and Auditor General, Government of India. He has more than three decades of experience as a government official with special expertise in finance and auditing.His experience with Government of India has been both at the provincial and at the national level. Over time, his role has involved substantial exposure both to programme administration and also with accountability issues and protection of individual rights.As Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1996 to 2002, government programmes meant for the disadvantaged were systematically reviewed including the national programme of distributing food grains at subsidised rates popularly described as Public Distribution System.
International Board member
Chiara Somajni is an independent journalist. Since 1991 she's been working for the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, until 2013 mainly as staff editor and writer at the cultural supplement Domenica. She first joined ActionAid Italy's general assembly in 2004, becoming national board chair in 2009. She was elected to the international board in June 2012.
International Board member
Emira Woods is the Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice. From 2003 to 2014, she was co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy. She serves as a Board of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Africa Council.  I have served on the Boards of the Humanity United/TrustAfrica Liberia program, The Janelia Fund, and Africa Action.  I am one of the founders of the StopFirestone campaign working to end child labour and bring accountability to the rubber sector. I have also served on the Advisory Committee for Just Associates (JASS) and as a member of the Network Council of Jubilee USA.
International Board Member
Showvik Das Tamal is human rights lawyer currently working with UNHCR to ensure access to justice for Rohingya Refugees living in Bangladesh. Currently, he is studying Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. During the last AGM held in Maputo, Mozambique, Showvik has been elected for the International Board as the first youth representative in the Board. He is also the first person to be elected for the International Board of ActionAid International.
International Board Member
Elizabeth May Wakilo Righa is a passionate human rights activist and has been the Board Chair of ActionAid Kenya. She works as a Programs Manager for Anglican Development Services and is on the boards of several faith-based and educational institutions. She was elected as a member of the International Board in 2016.