Halina Ward

Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development

Halina Ward is Director of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (

FDSD was launched in 2009 to help to equip democracy to rise to challenges like climate change, resource scarcity and population growth. The aim is to find ways to deliver the twin goals of strengthening democratic practice and achieving sustainable development.

Before joining FDSD, Halina worked with the International Institute for Environment and Development where she led work on business and sustainable development. She has also worked as a Senior Fellow with the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), and as a solicitor practising commercial environment law. Halina has been heavily involved in establishing the Alliance for Future Generations, a grouping of individuals and non-governmental organisations working to bring long-termism and the needs of future generations into the heart of UK policy processes and democracy. She blogs on, and also occasionally for the Local Democracy blog