Hilary Wild has extensive international experience in the fields of finance, organizational management, governance and risk management. She has been a member of the Board of International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee since 2015, and a member of the Board of the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT since January 2020. She is Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of WaterAid UK, the Chair of the Church Commissioners Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Oversight Advisory Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
She was previously Chief Financial Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), with overall responsibility for financial management of a USD 2 billion organization operating in 140 countries, and Director Business Change. Before joining the WHO, she held various positions in the international financial sector, including as a director of investment banking and asset management in the Kleinwort Benson Group. She also worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York as Chief of Finance, and for a major American commercial bank as its representative in Greece. She is a former Vice Chair of the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Board and Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee. She has chaired oversight committees for the United Nations Development Programme, International Labour Organization, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
She was appointed to the CGIAR System Board in September 2019.