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Meet Our New World Board 2021 – 2024 and OWC Host 2024

After receiving applications from all over the world, the General Assembly on 13 September 2021 selected 10 new members to join the World Board for the team 2021 – 2024. Karen Mapusua is the President of the new World Board while Choitresh Ganguly (Bablu) and Julia Lernoud are the Vice Presidents.

The General Assembly also selected Tunisia to be the host of the next Organic World Congress 2024. Congratulations to Tunisia and we applaud all those who submitted their hosting bids.

The New World Board 2021 - 2024

The IFOAM - Organics International World Board is democratically elected by our membership. This team is responsible for overseeing and supporting our work growing the global organic marketplace, communicating the benefits of organic, training organic leaders, and facilitating capacity-building for organic farmers.

The previous World Board was led by Peggy Miars, the President and her Vice Presidents, Jennifer Chang and Karen Mapusua. The 10-member team oversaw and supported the promotion of the organic movement as a whole on a global scale. Originally their term was meant to be from 2017 to 2020. However, with the postponement of the General Assembly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they agreed to continue for an extra year in their roles.

World Board 2017-2020
The outgoing World Board 2017 - 2021

During the 2021 General Assembly that happened digitally, they were appreciated for their work and efforts and they graciously handed over to the new World Board whose term will be from 2021 to 2024.

  • Support the Organizational Strategy and Organic 3.0: As a World Board member, you commit to endorsing and implementing the organizational strategy as approved in 2017 and to promoting the concept of Organic 3.0 as per our landmark document.
    You should be available to prepare for and attend World Board meetings and dedicate 20 - 30 working days per year (ca. 40 - 60 working days in the case of Executive Board membership), including travel time, to the World Board’s work. You will need to prepare in advance for decision-making and policy development at board meetings and take responsibility for informing yourself about the major issues before board meetings. You will be asked to ensure regular and timely communication, such as responding to emails and e-votes.
  • Fundraising: As a World Board member, you will be expected to commit time towards developing financial resources for the organization. This includes pursuing your own initiatives and supporting other fund development activities of the organization.
  • Supporting the organization’s advancement: You will provide strategic input to the development of the organization. Your guidance to the Executive Director and Management Team in regard to position development and strategic positioning of the organization will be of great value, as will the provision of your leadership to board committees.
  • Representation: You will represent IFOAM – Organics International at international events around the world, including public speeches and/or other contributions to conference and seminar programs. World Board members are also encouraged to write articles and other relevant publications for the organization.

We would like to heartily thank the outgoing World Board for the tremendous work done and congratulate the incoming World Board; we wish you good luck on your term.