Selection Criteria for Board Members

The WAN-IFRA Board has a community-engagement role with decision-making power.  It takes responsibility for the strategic planning of our programmes and the patronage of the association  It embodies the values and missions of WAN-IFRA.  It drives its programmes and activities. That power is shared and distributed among all constituencies and communities represented by our Advisory Boards, Regional Committees and Association representatives sitting in the Supervisory Board.   It is designed to help the organization to focus on the activities that contribute most to WAN-IFRA’s overall objectives.


Selection Criteria as defined by the WAN-IFRA Nominating Committee.



The President and Vice President(s) shall:

  • Be in activity with an experience as a senior executive of a WAN-IFRA member publishing company, demonstrating strong integrity and sense of collective action;
  • Be responsible for advising the CEO on the strategy and long-term objectives of WAN-IFRA;
  • Have a role in assuring that the organisation is delivering membership value and have a role in keeping the membership aware of the benefits of membership in WAN-IFRA;
  • Be willing to become President of WAN-IFRA. The first vice president is, in principle, first in the line of succession to President;
  • Serve as champion for the organisation, leveraging their individual spheres of influence to enhance the public image and impact of WAN-IFRA;
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills and a capacity to inspire, motivate and develop the organisation;
  • Have political impact, possess real political influence and a strong international network;
  • Have experience from working in an international company or organisation.



Board members shall:

  • Adhere to the mission, vision, and values of WAN-IFRA;
  • Be strong leaders and astute business executives. Active news media executive with an experience as a senior executive of WAN-IFRA member publishing company;
  • Be proactive and engaged: Board members are expected to advocate for WAN-IFRA, have a purpose of loyalty, of care of the organisation, and represent the larger group of constituents involved in the organisation;
  • Serve as champions for the organisation, leveraging their individual spheres of influence to enhance the public image, gain resources for the non-profit and have a greater impact on those they serve;
  • Hold the responsibility for ensuring an organisation is fiscally sound and adequate resources are available to carry out the mission and vision;
  • Shall dedicate personal time to spend onboard work, and attend the Board meetings at least once a year.


Update, April 2018

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