Halina Ward joined the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development 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 the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable
Development, 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.