Hilary Wild has extensive international experience in the fields of finance, organizational management, governance and risk management. She has served on the CGIAR System Board (previously the System Management Board) since September 2019, and on its Audit, Finance & Risk Committee (previously the Audit & Risk Committee) since September 2020. Hilary has served as a common board member on all One CGIAR Center and Alliance Boards since October 2020 and is a Chair or member of the audit committees of 6 of these. She is also Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of WaterAid UK, 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 in London and as its representative in Greece.
Hilary 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.