World Board

IFOAM World Board 2014

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 Executive Board.

The current World Board will serve until the next IFOAM General Assembly in India in October 2017.


  • President: Andre Leu (Australia)
  • Vice Presidents: Manjo Smith (Namibia), Frank Eyhorn (Switzerland)
  • Eva Torremocha (Spain), Gabi Soto (Costa Rica), Mathew John (India), Peggy Miars (USA), Gerold Rahmann (Germany), Roberto Ugas (Peru), Zeijang Zhou (China)

Meet our President, Andre Leu

Andre Leu is the author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides and the President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world umbrella body for the organic sector.

Andre has over 40 years of experience in all areas of Organic Agriculture, from growing, pest-control, weed management, marketing and post-harvest transport to grower organisations, developing new crops and education - in Australia and in many other countries.

He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa from nearly 40 years of visiting and working in these countries.

He has written and published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings and newsletters in print and online on many areas of Organic Agriculture including climate change, the environment and the health benefits of organic agronomy.    

Andre and his wife, Julia, run an organic tropical fruit orchard in Daintree, Queensland, Australia. 

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.