The senior leadership of IFOAM – Organics International is about to change in the next half-year from November when The General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International will elect a new world board and a new president on 12-13 November 2017, in New Delhi, following the 19th IFOAM World Congress.
Half a year later, there will be also a change of executive director with succession planning ongoing, IFOAM said in late October.
"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," IFOAM said.
"In 2018, Markus Arbenz, executive director, will move on to new challenges for family reasons. After nine years of managing the organization, he will hand over the executive directorship."
The World Board said it 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," IFOAM said.
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.
The vacancy for the position of executive director of IFOAM – Organics International is listed on IFOAM's website. The closing date for applications is the end of December 2017.
Andre Leu, who is a North Queensland, Australia organic farmer, has held the role of president of IFOAM for six years and two terms and will be the longest-serving president of the international organization. Previously he was a vice president for the three years before that - nine years on the World Board.
"I started farming organically in 1972 - so I have been involved in the sector for 45 years. I will be an IFOAM Ambassador - so I will continue to advocate for IFOAM and organic farming. I will be promoting regenerative farming - increasing soil organic matter - as a way to mitigate and adapt to climate change," Mr. Leu said.
Every three years (2014, 2017, and from 2020) IFOAM - Organics International in its entirety meets for the General Assembly (GA), where the truly democratic and participatory nature of the organization can be seen in action. The GA is a dynamic and lively gathering that inspires members, board and staff to continue working towards the realization of the vision of IFOAM - Organics International - to be a common voice for the organic movement.
Being presented at the same venue as the 19th IFOAM World Congress is the ninth edition of BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC, scheduled for 9th-11th November 2017 at India Exposition Mart, Knowledge Park, Greater Noida, U.P. (Delhi- NCR), Uttar Pradesh, India.