Meet the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation. 

HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVOHRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO

HRH The Earl of Wessex is Chairman 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.

Allie Barot LLM, M.A, USA  

Allie Barot

Allie currently works as Chief Human Resources Officer for RXR Realty, a real estate investment firm based in New York. Her 25 years of experience working in human capital management spans financial, investments, real estate, insurance, and retail industries. She has a global and international perspective gained through roles based in UK, European and US organisations. Additionally, Allie lends her time to coach not for profit CEOs and board members in effective business strategies and human capital management. She brings expertise in strategic business partnership; leadership development and executive coaching; organisational and cultural effectiveness and employee engagement and inclusion. 

Paul Bell, UK

Paul Bell

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 the Chief Executive of Bell Pottinger Sans Frontières in 2008. In July 2012 Paul joined Albany Associates as director of business development.

Lord BoatengThe Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL, 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. He is Chair of the International Council (IC).

Rock Chen SBS JP, China

Rock Chen is the Chairman of Pacific Falcon Investment Group Limited which is engaged in proprietary asset management, venture and real estate investments.  Established in 1995, the Rock Chencompany maintains a global investment portfolio that allocates assets among fixed income securities, equities, specialized funds, precious metals and properties. Mr. Chen also spends a significant amount of time in public and community services.  In addition to being the incumbent (until 2016) Chairman of the Hong Kong Award for Young People, he has served on more than a dozen government statutory and advisory bodies such as the Central Policy Unit, the Town Planning Board, City University of Hong Kong and the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, etc.  He is a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government for his meritorious contribution to community services. In China, he is currently the Vice-chairman of the All-China Youth Federation and a standing committee member of the Zhejiang Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Olawale EdunAdebayo 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 IssaMuna Issa, Jamaica

Muna is a loyal supporter of the Award and has for many years been involved with the World Fellowship. She works for her 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 SmithAndrew 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 governance matters of the Association.

Garth WestonGarth 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 Willamson 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.

Ashok J Rabheru CVO DL

Ashok J Rabheru CVO DL - Chairman - Joint Funding committee (not a Trustee role)

Ashok chairs the committee co-ordinating fundraising efforts between the International Award Foundation and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the UK. He founded the technology company Genisys Group in 1985 and serves as its Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Ashok lives in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom.


Jiri Zrust, Czech Republic - Honorary Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Jiri ZrustFellowship (not a Trustee role)

A dedicated supporter of the Award around the world, Jiri is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the Czech Republic, as well as a founder and trustee of the Award in Slovakia. Professionally Jiri has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management positions across the asset management, financial services and logistics sectors. Currently, Jiri is a Senior Managing Director at Macquarie Group where he helps lead investment into infrastructure and real assets across Europe. As the Honorary Chair of the Fellowship, Jiri takes a leading role in the development and support of the charity around the world. 


Darren Tan, NYYA holder from Singapore

From the streets to the Bar


Taking part in the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) helped turn Darren Tan's life around.

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