Our Board of Trustees provides strategic oversight to guide the organization in our mission to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world.

Tom Nilsson

Malmö university, Sweden

Dr. Tom Nilsson is associate professor in Political Science at Malmö university in Sweden. His research is focused on democratic theory, political participation, good governance and public management. He is also head of the Summer Academy for Young Professionals at Malmö university, a training program in sustainable public management with participants from Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia. Lithuania and Sweden. Currently he is active in shaping the newly launched police education at Malmö university. He is regularly travelling to Georgia to take part in trainings, seminars and other Good Governance activities.


William Townsend

Secretary General, Liberal International, United Kingdom

William Townsend has worked in international relations and liberal politics for over ten years. Prior to joining the Liberal International secretariat in 2013, William managed local, national, and international elections for the Liberal Democrats (UK), planning target seat campaigns to deliver some of the party’s best-ever results. Following a cross-party stint in advocacy campaigning for free and fair presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where his writing won headlines in international news, William took up a position as an editorial assistant at the Royal African Society, writing on African politics and collaborating with international experts.