Governance and organisation

The governance structure of TNI is set up as follows:

  • The Supervisory Board, which is responsible for supervising the management of the Foundation and the general course of affairs, and to provide the Management Board with advice.
  • The Management Board (Executive Director), which is responsible for the realisation of the objects of the Foundation, the strategy, the policy and the results thereof.
  • The Fellowship consisting of recognised international experts in the substantive areas that are relevant for the work of TNI, which also advises the Supervisory and the Management Board on issues of substance.
  • The Board of Advisors, composed of eminent international experts, which renders assistance to the organisation in more general terms.

The structure is set out below:

The composition of each of these organs is based on a careful balance to ensure participation of the various stakeholders relevant for TNI and to reflect its international composition and orientation as well as its ambitions. This includes considerations of gender, continental representation, scholarly capacity, engagement with social movements TNI seeks to serve, as well as the relevant disciplines and skills required by TNI.

Composition of the Supervisory Board in 2020

The Supervisory Board is selected on the basis of the criteria laid down in the by-laws, and profiles which are regularly reviewed and revised. A committee – comprised of one Supervisory Board member, one staff member (usually the Executive Director), and one fellow – interviews candidates and makes a recommendation to the Supervisory Board, which makes the final decision.

The Supervisory Board members serve a four-year term, once renewable, and are not remunerated. The Supervisory Board meets at least three times per year to discuss the progress of the organisational activities. Detailed information about the Supervisory Board members can be found on the TNI website here.

Susan George has served as President of TNI since 2015, which is an honorary position.

The composition of the Supervisory Board in 2020 was as follows:

Pauline Tiffen, Chairperson 12/12/2014 – 11/12/2022 (2nd term)
Frenk van Enckevort, Secretary 15/06/2018 – 14/06/2022 (1st term)
Ruth Kronenburg, Treasurer 29/10/2018 – 28/10/2022 (1st term)

There were no changes to the Supervisory Board in 2020. A process to seek additional members was undertaken, however. One new member will be formally appointed in March 2021, with a fifth member to be chosen hereafter.

Composition of the Management Board

The Management Board consists of one person – the Executive Director, Fiona Dove. The following staff report directly to her: the Personnel Officer, Programme Directors, Communication Coordinator, Evaluation Officer and Community Builder.

The leadership expected from the Executive Director is to provide vision and to help staff think strategically. She is supported in the daily management by a Management Team comprised of the Personnel Officer, a Programme Director, a Project Coordinator and the Communication Coordinator, which meets weekly.

The Supervisory Board determines the remuneration of the Executive Director. The remuneration complies with both the guidelines of Goede Doelen Nederland as well as those of the Dutch Government (Wet Normering Topinkomens).

Remuneration of the Executive Director:

2020 2019
Gross salary 86,384 82,713
Holiday pay 6,670 6,520
End of year payment 500 500
Brutto Income 93,554 90,733
Taxes and premiums paid by TNI 10,090 10,402
Pension contribution from TNI 12,808 10,354
Total Cost 116,452 110,489

Composition of the International Fellowship

Fellows support the TNI programmes closest to their specific areas of expertise, producing relevant analyses and commentaries. They link TNI to broader activist-scholar communities as well as relevant social movement networks in their countries or regions. Fellows meet together at least once a year for the annual Fellows’ Meeting. These meetings take stock of the implications of recent global developments, enabling TNI to assess the context in which it is working. We also explore emerging questions, bringing in additional expertise where necessary. Fellows’ meetings help TNI ‘stay ahead of the curve’, and to think openly and critically about the big issues, while also enriching Fellows’ own work and thinking.

Fellows serve a four-year term, renewable once. Detailed information about the current Fellowship can be found on the TNI website. The current composition is as follows:

Achin Vanaik (India) 3 December 2015 31 December 2020
Ben Hayes (UK) 30 September 2015 31 December 2020
David Fig (South Africa) 21 September 2015 31 December 2020
Phyllis Bennis (USA) 15 April 2015 31 December 2020
Hilary Wainwright (UK) 15 April 2015 31 December 2020
Daniel Chavez (Uruguay) 15 April 2015 31 December 2020
Edgardo Lander (Venezuela) 15 April 2015 31 December 2020
Jun Borras (Philippines) 15 April 2015 31 December 2020

Former Fellows join the ranks of TNI Associates, which may also include other researchers and scholars who make substantial ongoing contributions to the TNI community.

The current term of office of the Fellowship expired at the end of 2019, and was extended by the Director to the end of 2020. TNI has been undertaking an extensive process of evaluation and consultation with a view to reconstituting the various structures of TNI, including the future role of Fellows and Associates.

The current term of office of the Fellowship expired at the end of 2019, and was extended by the Director to the end of 2020. TNI has been undertaking an extensive process of evaluation and consultation with a view to reconstituting the various structures of TNI, including the future role of Fellows and Associates. In 2020, due to COVID, no annual fellows’ meeting took place.

Composition of the International Advisory Board

In 2020, the Supervisory Board decided to disband the existing International Advisory Board, which has not been operational for some years. The form and composition of the structure is being reconsidered with a view to reflecting contemporary needs and networks of TNI. The most active of existing international advisors were invited to become Associates of TNI.


TNI’s internal organisational culture is non-hierarchical and highly consultative. As far as possible, decisions are taken through a process of consensus-building. While most staff are expected to be self-steering, there are also clear lines of accountability and recognition of the authority of the team leader to make final decisions. There is no hierarchy in respect of public representation with all staff encouraged to accept public speaking engagements, and to engage with the media.

A total of 72 people were contracted to work for TNI in various capacities and under various conditions in 2020.


By the end of 2020, the foundation had 23,71 full time equivalent (FTE) employees (in 2019: 25,29) on the payroll. The average number of FTE over the year was 24,16 (in 2019: 25,26) — representing a decrease of 1,1 FTE. At the end of the year, these figures represented 27 individuals (in 2019: 29). In 2020, one staff member resigned and one staff member retired, while one other increased their hours slightly. Two staff members were medically boarded part-time, with every effort made to support their recovery and gradual reintegration into the workplace on a full-time basis.

TNI uses as its guideline the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CAO) for the Care and Welfare Sector in The Netherlands. Staff receive an incremental increase for each year of service. In addition, and in line with the CAO, staff were awarded a salary increase in July 2020 of 3,25%. The ratio of the highest:median salary was 1,9 and the highest:lowest was 3,3 (on the basis of full-time equivalent). These figures do not take account of years of service or income tax differentials, which would bring the ratio down.

According to benchmarks established in 2018 by Partos, the umbrella body for non-governmental organisations operating within the Dutch development cooperation sector, TNI salaries are within the norm for the sector. In respect of benchmarks for the charitable sector more broadly, established by Goede Doel Nederland, TNI salaries are slightly below the norm.

There is a training budget set at 1% of the personnel budget, and guided by a training policy. 8 staff benefited from training courses in 2020 at a cost of Euro 3,745. These included foreign language skills (English), foundation fundraising, video footage, editing, event management, first response (medical emergencies). In addition, weekly lunch-time accelerator sessions were organised online for self-education purposes.

New disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures were introduced following workshops with staff, and subsequently approved by the Supervisory Board. An internal integrity officer was nominated by the staff and then appointed by the Director.

The costs of the employees on the payroll were:

2019 2020
Salaries 1,176,836 1,118,789
Social security 200,900 202,371
Pension premiums 83,102 92,453
Sickness insurance 17,565 19,013
Other personnel costs 40,315 28,867
Total 1,518,718 1,461,493

Volunteers, Interns and Visiting Scholars

TNI had 3 volunteers in the course of 2020, and welcomed 10 interns hailing from China, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. Most were students at Dutch universities. They are paid an honorarium in line with Dutch norms. We had no visiting scholars in 2020.

External Staff

TNI is registered as an employer only in The Netherlands and Belgium. Where staff members are located in other countries, they are employed on freelance contracts and expected to pay their own taxes and make provisions for their own social security. They are treated equally with payroll staff, with their salaries pegged to TNI salary policy and compensation for taxes, social security and pension contributions built into the calculations, adjusted for domestic tax rates and costs of living. In 2020, TNI contracted 16 such staff, located in Brazil, Morocco, USA, UK, Spain (2) and Myanmar (10).


A further 16 people were contracted on a freelance basis for specific deliverables in the course of 2020, including in Myanmar (2), Bolivia, Argentina (2), Germany, Denmark, Netherlands (5), Spain, UK (2), and USA. They set their own fees and are responsible for paying their own taxes.

Staffing of Fiscally Sponsored Projects

In addition, TNI serves as the fiscal sponsor for two projects where staff are contracted by TNI. These are:

  • Handel Anders Network (Netherlands), the coordinator is on TNI’s payroll.
  • Drug Policy Alternatives Group (Myanmar), with the coordinator and an assistant contracted on a consultant basis.