World Board

The IFOAM World Board is a democratically elected body governing IFOAM’s strategic development, based on the mandate given to it by the IFOAM membership. A subset of each World Board sits on the IFOAM Executive Board

The current World Board will serve until the next IFOAM General Assembly in Istanbul in October 2014.


From left to right: Mathew John (India); Roberto Ugas (Peru); Matthew Holmes (Canada); James Benjamin Cole (Ghana); Andre Leu (Australia); Manjo Smith (Namibia); Frank Eyhorn (Switzerland); Eva Torremocha (Spain); Gabi Soto (Costa Rica); Volkert Engelsman (Netherlands).

Executive Board

President: Andre Leu, Australia

Andre Leu is Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia. Its role is to develop the Australian organic sector into a major component of Australian agriculture that delivers benefits to consumers, producers and the Australian environment. The major activity has been working with the Australian Government on a regulatory system for organic products. This system will allow the organic sector control over standards setting with the regulators enforcing it. Andre was the Chair of the Far North Queensland Lychee Growers Association.Andre is an organic farmer, growing tropical fruits in Daintree, Queensland. He has over 36 years of experience in all areas of Organic Agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post harvest, transport, grower organizations, developing new crops and education in Australia and in many other countries.

You can find information on events that Andre will be attending here.

Vice President: Gabi Soto, Costa Rica

Gabi Soto is leader of the National Organic Farmers Association (ANAO) in Costa Rica for over 10 years promoting trainings in organic farming at all levels and developing national regulations on organic certification. She dedicated her life to support and live from Organic Agriculture from many different perspectives: certification, research, training, farming, marketing and policy making. She became an organic inspector in 1993 and learned from organic farmers all over Latin America. She later became inspector trainer for the Independent Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) and transmitted and trained many inspectors in the region.With a team of colleagues, she also developed Costa Rica's National Certification Agency (EcoLOGICA), of which she has been the president for over 12 years. With the organic movement in Costa Rica (MAOCO), the government has declared organic farming as the as state priority for development, with a strong regulation to promote organic farming.)

Vice President: Roberto Ugas, Peru

Roberto Ugas is a Peruvian agronomist with studies in Peru, The Netherlands and Japan. He is lecturer and researcher in horticulture at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, as well as a consultant in rural development, agroecology, agrobiodiversity and organic agriculture. Roberto is main advisor to Peru's National Association of Ecological Farmers (ANPE) and a member of the National Commission for Organic Products (CONAPO), the advisory board that drafted the first organic regulation in the country. He acts as representative of La Molina for several national and international agreements, including those with ANPE and Slow Food. He is a member of several scientific societies, including ISOFAR and SOCLA, and of EducAndes, which promotes education for sustainable development, and has served in the board of SEPIA, a think tank dealing with agriculture and economy. Roberto is a member of GALCI, IFOAM's regional group in Latin America and for 15 years was involved with IFOAM's Accreditation Programme and, later, with IOAS, having been chair of the Accreditation Committee. He was also a member of the task force that drafted the principles and the definition of organic agriculture.

Statutory rules governing the World Board

Executive Board

The Executive Board is constituted by three to five members of the World Board: The President and two to four Vice-Presidents. The Executive Board represents the Federation, executes the decisions of the General Assembly and World Board, decides on issues not yet decided upon by the General Assembly or the World Board, reviews the organization performance and initiates the remedy of short-comings. Executive Board decisions are taken by simple majority with at least half of the members present and by open vote.  IFOAM is legally represented by two members of the Executive Board acting jointly.

World Board

The World Board decides all issues not yet determined by the General Assembly. The World Board establishes rules of procedure for the World and Executive Board and the General Assembly, which are to be approved by the General Assembly. The World Board may set up Working Groups, Committees, and regional or thematic task groups. It may also delegate specific tasks to such bodies or to individuals. The World Board takes decisions by simple majority with at least half of the members present and by open vote. On the request of three World Board members a meeting is called with six weeks notice.


Every regular General Assembly elects ten World Board members. Candidacies must be received at least three months before the regular General Assembly and must be endorsed by five members. A presentation of the candidates must be sent to the members at least 60 days before the General Assembly. 

The World Board chooses an Executive Board from amongst the elected members before the end of the General Assembly. The World Board may co-opt up to three further World Board members. The World Board may elect additional Executive Board members and replace them as appropriate during the term.