Country: United Kingdom
Chris Austin joined the International Accounting Education Standards Board in January 2011. He was nominated by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
In January 2014, Chris became Interim Head of the Stabilisation Unit (jointly owned by FCO, MoD and Department for International Development [DFID]), which provides operational support to the UK government’s efforts to respond to crises and help tackle the causes of instability overseas. For all of 2013, Chris 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.
Mr. Austin is the former head of the Conflict, Humanitarian, and Security Department at DFID. He has worked for the British government in a number of roles in the UK and overseas over the last 27 years, including in the Treasury (the UK’s Finance Ministry) and in the UK Executive Director's Office at the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF). Most recently he was country director for DFID in Bangladesh (2007-2011).
He is a member of CIPFA and holds a BA (Hons) from London University, an MBA from Lancaster University (UK), and an MSc in Public Management from Warwick University (UK).