Meet the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.
HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, UK
HRH The Earl of Wessex is Chair of Trustees and previously chaired the International Council for the last 17 years. He is a Gold Award holder and is also a trustee of the UK Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Paul Bell, UK
Paul started his career as a journalist, writing and reporting on South Africa's transition from apartheid. In the mid-1990s he served as director of communications for the country's Electoral Commission, helping deliver its historic first non-racial, democratic general election. In 2000 he returned to Britain to take up a post as a consultant for Bell Pottinger and was appointed chief executive of Bell Pottinger Sans Frontières in 2008. In July 2012 Paul joined Albany Associates as director of business development.
Lord Boateng, UK
The Right Hon. the Lord Boateng worked as a barrister before becoming a Member of the British Parliament in 1987, serving for 20 years. During his time in politics he held many high profile positions and was a cabinet minister in the Blair government. Paul has a long-standing commitment to Africa, having grown up in Ghana. Paul was ennobled in May 2010
Olawale Edun, Nigeria
Olawale (Wale) has a background in merchant banking, corporate finance, economics and international finance at both national and international levels. Wale is the chair of ChapelHillDenham Group, Lagos, a leading investment bank. He was an executive director of Lagos merchant bank, Investment Banking & Trust Company Limited, now Stanbic IBTC. Wale is the founder and chair of Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, a registered not for profit organisation that runs amateur boxing in Lagos in conjunction with the Lagos Amateur Boxing Association. He is also the chair of Livewell Initiative, a not for profit organisation that specialises in health literacy advocacy and practical training in Nigeria, and a trustee of Sisters Unite for Children, a not for profit institution that focuses on helping street children in Lagos. Wale is the president of Repton, a long-established amateur boxing club based in London's East End.
Muna Issa, Jamaica
Muna is the daughter of The Hon. John J Issa, a loyal supporter of the Award and has for many years been involved with the World Fellowship. She works for the family business SuperClubs and along with a list of significant achievements in the finance world she has thrice been named as “One of the 200 Most Powerful Women in Travel” by Travel Agent Magazine. Muna is also a member of various charitable advisory boards in the USA and Jamaica, and was formally on the Young Fellowship board and a trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Jamaica.
Andrew Smith, UK
Andrew retired as a partner at PwC in 2009. Specialising in financial services at the beginning of his career, Andrew later moved into another role, which involved building PwC's UK firm-wide sustainability and climate change activities. Andrew will take a special interest in the financial and governence matters of the Association.
Garth Weston, Australia
Garth is the regional president and general manager for AB Mauri China East Asia Pacific. As a businessman with international interests, especially in the Asia Pacific region, he brings this commercial experience to the trustee board.
Dr Howard Willamson CVO CBE, UK
Dr Howard Williamson CVO CBE is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He is a qualified youth worker, and has advised many levels of governance on youth policy matters, and conducted numerous research projects on issues including youth crime and unemployment, substance misuse, homelessness, school curricula and youth work. He conducted the original ‘status zer0’ research which produced political attention to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). He currently, co-ordinates the Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policies.