Elections to the Board

About the Board 

The Board of Directors is the leadership body of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). Directors serve in a voluntary capacity and oversee the Association's operations and strategic initiatives. The key responsibilities and duties are explained in the role descriptions for all Directors. 

The Board consists of 16 members, whose two year terms are staggered so that approximately half of the Board positions come to term each year. Directors elected in October in any year  begin their terms in January .

Nomination Procedures

Each year a Nominating Commitee of IAF members oversees the elections to the Board.

The 2019 Nominating Committee is:

  • Bill Staples, Canada
  • Ronit Andorn-Broza, Canada
  • Noel Tan, Asia
  • Michelle Rush, Oceania
  • Toney Olton, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Pilar Orti, Europe and Middle East
  • Giuseppe Totino, USA

All IAF members are invited to nominate themselves or other members to stand as candidates. As a volunteer-led Association our success depends on the time and energy given by our members. 

  • Candidates complete a Candidate Information Form submitted with a current résumé or curriculum vitae, to the Nominating Committee, along with references. The election will be held through an anonymous online system from 11-20, 2019.

Important Election 2019 Dates

Sept. 13-23         Nomination of Directors.

Oct. 4.                 Announcement of slate of Directors up for election.

Fri. Oct 11           Email is sent to all members linked to the online election poll.

Sun. Oct 20         Link to the online election poll is closed.

Thur. Oct 24        New Board members are announced.

The slate of Directors for the IAF election in October 2019 is:


Secretary of the Board

  • Rachel Song-Yeon Kim, Korea; Benjamin Yaw Manu, Ghana; V. Narasimhan (Narsi), India.

Director of Conferences and Global Events

  • Paul Nunesdea, Spain; Cythia Pace, USA; Heejae Yoo, Korea.

Director of Marketing

  • Jeffer London, Belgium.

Director of Communications

  • Gary Austin, UK.

Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East

  • Celeste Brito, Portugal.

Regional Director for Canada

  • Rebecca Sutherns, Canada.

Regional Director for Asia

  • Farah, Ismail, India

Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Gilliam Chambers, Jamaica

Regional Director for Oceania

  • Megan Ross, Australia


The Elections Process

Directors are elected by the Association's membership by means of an electronic vote. All members in good standing receive an email with a unique link to the elections platform on October 11, 2019. 

The process adhered to the policies and procedures described in the IAF Bylaws.

For more information about this year's nominations or elections, please contact the 2019 Nominating Committee at elections2019@iaf-world.org