Job Title: Chair
Country: United Kingdom
Chris Austin joined the International Accounting Education Standards Board in 2011 and became chair in January 2015.
He is a senior civil servant with 30 years’ experience of international relations, covering international development, Europe, and G8 issues. He has been posted in Africa (four years), Asia (four years) and Washington, DC (three years).
In November 2014, Mr. Austin was appointed DFID country director for Afghanistan, based in Kabul, managing the UK’s £178 million annual support for economic development. Most recently, he was Head of the UK’s Stabilisation Unit (reporting jointly to FCO, MoD and DFID), which provides policy and operational support to the UK’s responses to conflict and crises (including Ukraine, Libya, Somalia and Iraq). In 2013, he was Director, G8 based in the Cabinet Office. This role covered negotiations with G8 partners, and engagement with other governments, NGOs and private sector, on extractives, land governance and open data.
Previous posts include: Head of Conflict, Humanitarian and Security at DFID (2011-2012); Country Director in Bangladesh (2007-11); and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State (1999-2001).
Mr. Austin was seconded to HM Treasury as head of EU Finances (2003-06); and to the World Bank/IMF in the UK Executive Director’s office (1995-99).
He has a BA (Hons) in Modern History (London, 1984), an MBA (Lancaster, 1993) and an MSc in Public Management (Warwick, 2011). He qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy in 2008. He has been a public member of the International Accounting Education Standards Board since January 2011, and takes over as Chairman for three years from January 2015.