The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) was based in The Hague, the Netherlands, but its activities played out on the international stage. It was governed by its six-member Board of Trustees based in the Netherlands, comprised of leading representatives of the Dutch private, public and non-profit sector. The daily management of the institute was assigned by the Board to the Managing Director, and the members of the Board remained responsible for supervising management, ensuring adequate corporate governance and approving the organisational strategy and management policy.
2015 IICD Board of Trustees were:
- Karel de Beer (Chairman), Former Dutch ambassador and former Director General at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Mirjam de Bruijn, Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of West and Central Africa at Leiden University
- Jelle Jager (Treasurer), Financial Manager at the Voedingscentrum
- Jalbert Kuijper, Founding Partner at Open Industries
- Henk Sol, Chaired professor of Business and ICT and Founding Dean, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
- His Highness Prince Bernard van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven, Founder Levi9 Global Sourcing
IICD’s received advice on its work and strategic direction from its International Advisory Board (IAB) which included key figures deeply committed to ICT4D. IAB members acted as IICD ambassadors on the international stage and played an important role in formulating IICD’s strategy, regularly advising the Managing Director, invited and uninvited, on proposed strategic developments and reviewing existing approaches.
In 2015, IICD’s International Advisory Board members were:
- Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Value at MIT
- Michael Trucano, Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education at the World Bank
- Patricia Mechael, Principal &Policy Lead at Health Enabled and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
- Eduardo Monge, Project Development &International Relations Coordinator at Omar Dengo Foundation
- Alain Wouters, Founder/Managing Director of Whole Systems and Adjunct Professor of Leadership at IEDC-Bled School of Management
- Jan Pronk, former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation and Visiting Professor at United Nations University for Peace (UPeace)
A number of earlier IAB members remained involved as goodwill ambassadors of the organisation, including:
- Johnson Nkuuhe, MDG Advisor at UNDP Millennium Villages Project, (Uganda)
- Aida Opoku-Mensah, Director of ICT, Science and Technology Division at United Nations (Ethiopia)
- Anne-Rachel Inné, Chief Operations Officer AFRINIC (Mauritius)
The daily management of the institute was assigned by the Board to the Managing Director. IICD was led by the following Managing Directors since its establishment:
- 1996 - 1999: Mart van de Guchte
- 2000 - 2007: Jac Stienen
- 2008 - 2015: Caroline Figuères
- 2015: Suzanne van der Velden
IICD’s partners were represented in national ICT4D networks based in each of IICD’s focal countries (see ICT4D Networking for more information).
The IICD staff team supervised all activities including the functioning of the organisation and accounts for the execution of the programmes and projects with local and international partners. The team consisted of staff that managed the organisation, ICT4D experts, advisers and consultants/specialists.
From 2014 onwards, IICD transformed its staff and partner structure into a more closely integrated global team consisting of IICD staff and local and international ICT4D professionals, including technical partners, implementing partners and consultants/associates. Through the IICD Global Team network, IICD assured contextualization and quality assurance across multiple geographic areas around a common goal, shared core values, compatible missions, and mutual commitments. IICD engaged in various ways with its global team members, through solution development, project demonstrations, advisory services, research and acquisition of support for our common cause.
For more information about IICD’s Governance and Organisation, please see the Annual Reports included in the Key Resources section. To dig further into our work, you could visit the The Way We Worked and Our Key Work Areas sections of this website.