Hilary Wild has extensive international experience in the fields of finance, organizational management, governance, and risk management. She has been involved with the CGIAR for several years, initially as a member of the Board of ICRAF and later ICARDA, in both cases chairing their Finance and Audit Committees. She is now a member of the CGIAR System Board as well as all the constituent Centers of One CGIAR, as well as a member of the CGIAR Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and is a member of the HarvestPlus Programme Advisory Committee and Audit Committee. She is Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of WaterAid UK, Chair of the Church Commissioners Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Oversight Advisory Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, a member of the Advanced Agriculture and Food Advisory Panel of CSIR, South Africa, and Treasurer, Medical Aid for Palestinians.
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 WHO, she held various positions in the international financial sector, including as a director in investment banking a s well as asset management in the Kleinwort Benson Group. She also worked for UNICEF in New York as Chief of Finance, and for a major USA commercial bank in London as its representative in Greece. 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.