Fiona Dove has been Executive Director of TNI since 1995. She holds degrees in Development Studies (MA, Institute for Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Industrial Sociology (BA Hons, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa), and a post-graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods (Stellenbosch University, South Africa).
She serves on the boards of De Goede Zaak and The Pluto Educational Trust, as well as on the Advisory Board of the European Masters in Global Studies coordinated by the University of Leipzig.
A second generation African of Anglo-Irish descent, Dove was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa. As a teenager, she became active in the anti-apartheid movement within South Africa. Dove played a leading role in feminist and anti-militarist organisations and from the mid-1980s, served the non-racial labour movement (COSATU). She worked as an official of the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers' Union and then for Umanyano Publications in Johannesburg as the founding editor of The Shopsteward magazine. She took up a scholarship in The Netherlands thereafter before joining TNI as Executive Director.