Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers, topics and when provided by the speaker a link to download the presentation.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The open meetings programme resumes in October. Meeting dates for the coming months are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on mailing list approximately one month before the event.

For the time being we are holding virtual meetings by Zoom, but we hold bookings at our regular venue, the Art Workers Guild, for all of the dates below.

In addition to the confirmed meetings and future dates listed below, in normal times there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas party.

For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page.

Meetings and Dates


Our next online meeting by Zoom is given below

Wednesday July 21st 2021 at 18h30

How the Aid Transparency Index drives Change

presented by

Alex Tilley, Head of Research, Publish What You Fund

This presentation will describe how the Aid Transparency Index scores and ranks the world’s major aid and development donors on the transparency of their operations. Running since 2011, the index has built a strong international reputation, has gained normative power and drives changes in donors’ behaviours and policies.The index is underpinned by a rigorous assessment method that combines data analysis software, manual reviews and an independent peer review process.The index assessment processes are collaborative and the team works with donors to improve their transparency and data quality. It has led to significant improvements in aid transparency: most major donors now publish detailed, open data about their aid programmes in the International Aid Transparency Initiative Standard. The talk will focus on the importance of aid transparency and describe ways in which index-type assessment can drive change.

Alex Tilley is Head of Research at Publish What You Fund (PWYF), where he leads the Aid Transparency Index. He prepared the Aid Transparency Index 2020 which can be viewed on the PWYF website. Previously, he worked for six years at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), managing grants for projects relating to the governance of extractive resources in developing countries. Alex has a degree in Philosophy, master’s degree in Humanitarian and Development Practice and graduate certificate in Economics.

The meeting is open to both members of ICEA.non-members and Honorary. There is no charge for this event, which will be transmitted live via Zoom

To join the meeting please click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 883 1860 3114 Passcode: 507643

Participants should allow at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting to join. It would be appreciated if members and guests use a recognisable user name when taking part in our online meetings.

NOTE: the meeting will last for 1¼-1½ hours with an initial presentation by the speaker followed by questions and contributions from the audience.


Fortchcoming meetings

The International Consulting Economists’ Association regrets that it continues to be unable to host its programme of London meetings.

Our most recent face to face meeting was in February 2020. Four Zoom meetings took place later in the year, followed by six further meetings this year. These presentations have now been loaded onto this website.

A further Zoom meetings have been arranged as follows:

July 21st Wednesday – Alex Tilley, Head of Research, Publish What You Fund

How the Aid Transparency Index drives Change

Details of this meeting appear above.

There is no meeting in August and in September we hold our AGM as a “members only” event.

Our Autumn meetings are planned as follows:

October 20th Wednesday – -Topic and speaker to be confirmed

November 17th Wednesday- – Topic and speaker to be confirmed

It is to be hoped that these meetings can be held face to face at AWG, with a Zoom feed if practicable. Please refer back to this webpage for periodic updates on our programme and the mode of delivery.

We hope to be able to convene a “members and invited guests only” Christmas social in December, date to be confirmed.

Time and Place

Meetings are held at in the Gradidge Room at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, (, which is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

We meet at 6 for 6:30pm. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, with time split approximately equally between the speaker’s address and the subsequent discussion with questions, comment and observations from the floor.

Drinks are available both before and after the meeting. We aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm. There is sometimes an opportunity to take supper with speaker as guest. Those doing so leave earlier.

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

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