The role of the UNU-IAS Board, as defined in the UNU-IAS statute, Article IV (8), includes ensuring scientific excellence in the activities of the institute, promoting its interests and reviewing its strategic plans, work programmes and budgets.

Board members serve in their individual capacity, and are appointed by the Rector of UNU, in consultation with the UNU Council. The Rector of UNU and the Director of UNU-IAS are ex-officio members of the Board.