The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (FDSD) is governed by a group of trustees who are also directors of the company. The Chair of the board of trustees is John Lotherington.
The Foundation’s day to day work is led by its Director Halina Ward.
Halina Ward joined FDSD as Director in April 2009, having previously served as a trustee from 2006-2009.
Halina has a strong leaning to policy-relevant, action-oriented research. Her interest in links between democracy and sustainable development was framed by periods spent working on projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kosovo; by work on the relationship between public policy and responsible private enterprise; by experience as a mediator and facilitator; by extensive work on environmental and social implications of international trade liberalisation and its institutions, and through interactions with public authorities in the UK as an ordinary citizen.
Before joining FDSD, Halina was Director of the Business and Sustainable Development Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. She has also worked as a Senior Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House); as a Senior Consultant for the consultancy Environmental Resources Management, and as a solicitor practising commercial environment law.
Halina’s first language is English. She also speaks Spanish, French, Russian and Polish. She holds an LLB and an LLM (Law and Development) from the University of London. Halina is a member of the Scientific Committee of Vigeo, a Paris-based social ratings agency.
Jyoti Panday joined FDSD in January 2013 as our Communications and Outreach Officer. Before this assignment, Jyoti worked with Tata Teleservices Limited, part of the Tata Group. At TTL, Jyoti was Deputy Manager, Corporate Affairs, dealing with External Communications and Public Relations, Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. She was responsible for the presence of TTL and its senior management personnel at appropriate industry forums—worldwide—and coordinated many of TTL’s CSR projects, a number of which have received acclaim in India.
Jyoti has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of London. Her dissertation assessed the Internet’s capacity to revitalize the public sphere. Hailing from the largest democracy in the world, Jyoti’s interests lie in public policy and behavioural economics, political engagement and sustainability and social media and deliberative democracy.
Bronwyn Hayward is a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She specialises in children’s and young people’s issues, environmental politics, public deliberation and citizenship. Her work has a particular focus on youth and democracy in periods of environmental and socio-economic change. Bronwyn has written and lectured internationally on children’s and youth citizenship issues, deliberative politics, and governments’ responsibilities to citizens in environmental change.
A New Zealander and a British citizen Bronwyn is a co-applicant with the Norklima funded project Voices of the Future Values and Visions of Norwegian Youth on Responses to Climate Change at the University of Oslo. She is also a visiting fellow at the University of Surrey (with Resolve and Sustainable lifestyles research groups) and was a visiting fellow with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research 2008-2011. Bronwyn is a member of the NZ Royal society and the University of Canterbury Pacific Working Group. Outside academia Bronwyn works in children’s broadcasting (radio and television production) and has served as the NZ Ministerial appointment to the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority. Her recent books include The Politics of Climate Change Issues for New Zealand and Small States of the Pacific Dunmore Press/Sage (2008) and Children As Ecological Citizens: Nurturing a democratic imagination in a changing world Earthscan/Taylor Francis (May 2012).
John Lotherington is a Program Director with Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS), where his work continually brings him back to democracy and sustainable development, and their inter-relationship, as key cross-cutting issues for present and future policy-making across the world. The SGS seminars bring together present and prospective leaders, from countries worldwide and from diverse professional backgrounds, including government, business, NGOs, academia, the media and other sectors to challenge each other’s thinking from diverse perspectives, identify the major issues and opportunities facing them and the world in the decades ahead, and better inform their decision-taking and opinion-leading. Sustainable development is a key concern for SGS.
John began his career in history education and maintains an interest in that area. His publications as editor and author include Years of Renewal: European History 1470-1600 (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2nd ed. 1999); The Seven Ages of Life (London: Centre for Reform, 2002); The Tudor Years (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2nd ed. 2003); and introductions to The Florentine Histories by Niccolo Machiavelli (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004) and The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005).
Mary Riddell is a columnist and political interviewer for the Daily Telegraph. She is a former deputy editor of Today and worked as a columnist and an interviewer for national newspapers including the Daily Mirror, the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Observer before joining the Daily Telegraph as an assistant editor. She sits on the advisory boards of the poverty inquiry run by Demos and NatCen and of Out of Trouble, the Prison Reform Trust group aimed at reducing the offending and imprisonment of children and young people.
Cat Tully is director of FromOverHere, a consultancy providing strategy and foreign policy advice. Its mission is to support organisations – particularly governments – navigate a complex world. Cat has extensive experience as a practitioner, helping governments, civil society and businesses be: more strategic, more effective, prepared for the future and effective global partners in an interconnected and uncertain world. Her motivating principles are a focus on social justice and the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches to address the challenges of the 21st century world. Prior to setting up FromOverHere, Cat was Strategy Project Director at the UK FCO and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Before working in government, she worked in strategy and international relations across the not-for-profit and business sectors, including Christian Aid and Technoserve, Procter and Gamble. Cat has also worked for the UN, EU commission and the World Bank.
Cat has an MPA from Princeton and a business and finance strategy qualification (CIMA). She advises the UK and US governments, including a recent public parliamentary inquiry on UK strategic capability, and is a Visiting Speaker/Associate for various organisations, including Wilton Park, NSG. She is an active contributor to debates on strategy and global issues.
Malcolm Twigger-Ross joined FDSD’s board in February 2010. After qualifying as a chartered account with KPMG in 1988, Malcolm went onto senior financial roles within US groups – European Financial Controller with UOP Ltd, Group Chief Accountant with Diversified Agency Services Ltd. He has spent the last ten years within the not-for-profit sector as Finance Director for the Energy Saving Trust, Head of Finance for Tearfund and Finance Director at the Cardinal Hume Centre since July 2009. In addition to his role with FDSD, Malcolm has served as treasurer and trustee for a number of other organisations including Guildford YMCA and his local church.
Andrea Westall is a Strategy and Policy Consultant, writer and changemaker. She has previously been Deputy Director of the New Economics Foundation, a policy director for entrepreneurship at the London Business School, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Dr János Zlinszky is Head Of Department for Strategy and Research, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, Budapest. Dr Zlinszky also serves as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Szentendre, Hungary, and as Associate Professor at the Department for Environmental Law and Competition Law, Faculty of Law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest. He has also served as Senior Adviser for Environmental Policy to the former President of Hungary, László Sólyom. Dr Zlinszky’s academic qualifications include doctorates in Natural Sciences and Environmental Biology from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and a PhD from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, United Kingdom.