Role and Selection Criteria for Board Members

The WAN-IFRA Supervisory 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 on the Supervisory Board.
  • It is designed to help the organisation to focus on the activities that contribute most to WAN-IFRA’s overall objectives.


WAN-IFRA Statutes

§ 18 Supervisory Board


1. The Supervisory Board decides upon major strategic issues and approves the accounts before ratification at the General Assembly.


2. The Supervisory Board elects members to the Executive Board and supervises the Executive Board. The Executive Board reports all activities and decisions to the Supervisory Board.


3. Supervisory Board composition


Members of the Supervisory Board with voting rights (one vote each) are:

  • WAN-IFRA President (automatic member)
  • President of World Editors Forum (automatic member)
  • Representatives of affiliate member associations as defined in Article 10.2.b) following recommendation by the WAN-IFRA executive management.
  • Up to two Vice Presidents (automatic members)
  • Treasurer (automatic member)
  • Representatives of national associations (elected in General Assembly)
  • Chairman of Committee of Executive Directors of national associations (automatic member)
  • Publishers from countries without national association (candidature proposed by the SupervisoryBoard)
  • Publishers from countries with national association not being WAN-IFRA member (candidature proposed by the Supervisory Board)
  • Members of the Supervisory Board without voting rights are:
  • Additional publishers from countries with association being WAN-IFRA member (candidature proposed by the Supervisory Board).


4. The President can appoint Honorary Supervisory Board Members, pending the vote of the General Assembly. Honorary Members of the Supervisory Board do not have voting rights. Executive Directors of national associations can attend meetings of the Supervisory Board as observers.


5. The Supervisory Board meets at least twice a year.


6. Decisions are made with a majority vote of members being present. The WAN-IFRA President has a casting vote in case of tie of votes.


7. Supervisory Board Mandates have a duration of two years and can be renewed twice. A member who has served for the total six years can be re-elected in the Supervisory Board for mandates of one year, following a specific recommendation by the President.


8. Meetings of the Supervisory Board will be summoned by the President. The President may delegate this task to the Vice President or the CEO. The President, the Vice President, or CEO determines time and place.


9. The notice convening the meeting will be sent by regular mail, email or fax at least 10 days before the meeting and must include the agenda and related documents. In extraordinary cases related documents can be sent later subject to the agreement of the President.


Selection Criteria as defined by the WAN-IFRA Nominating Committee (April 2018)




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.