Succession Planning at IFOAM – Organics International

On 12 November 2017, in New Delhi, India the General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International will elect a new World Board and a new President. Half a year later, there will be also a change of Executive Director. Succession planning is ongoing.

IFOAM – Organics International is well prepared for succession in the World Board, the governing body of the organization. A Nominations Committee has ensured that 17 well-qualified candidates from around the world are available for election for the 10 World Board positions. President Andre Leu will confidently hand over leadership, but three of the current World Board Members will run for another term.

In 2018, Markus Arbenz, Executive Director, will move on to new challenges for family reasons. After 9 years of managing the organization, he will hand over the Executive Directorship.

The World Board would like to thank Markus for the years of dedicated and effective work that he has contributed to IFOAM – Organics International. Markus has been responsible for expanding the reach and activities together with his team. He has increased the number of staff, as well as the operational budget. He achieved this in face of economic constraints and limited funding, which forced many organizations to reduce their budgets and cut back on staff.

Markus will continue with full commitment, support the new World Board and manage operations, until a successor is in place and inducted. This is expected to be towards mid-2018.

You can find the vacancy for the position of the Executive Director of IFOAM – Organics International here. The closing date for applications is the end of December 2017.

Contact person for questions: Andre Leu, President 2011 – 2017: a.leu [at]

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