I am pleased to announce that following the recent IFLA Governing Board elections the 2017-2019 Governing Board to be led by incoming President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón will comprise:


Christine Mackenzie (Australia)

Elected Members:

Name Number of votes
1.   Barbara Lison (Germany) 1197
2.   Victoria Okojie (Nigeria) 2nd term 985
3.   Victoria Owen (Canada) 2nd term 965
4.   Knud Schulz (Denmark) 936
5.   Viviana Quiñones (France) 2nd term 919
6.   Torbjörn Nilsson (Sweden) 888
7.   Ágnes Hajdu Barát (Hungary) 2nd term 803
8.   Marwa El Sahn (Egypt) 748
9.   Patrick Losinski (United States of America) 723
10. Cheng Huanwen (China) 687
Frederick Zarndt (United States of America) 676
Alim Garga (Cameroon) 602
Vadim Duda (Russia) 361

The total number of valid ballot papers received for the vacancies on the Governing Board were 428, a return rate of 40%.  This represents 1647 votes, 56% of the possible total.

Drs. J.J.M. Bos and Drs. T. de Boer, the scrutineers appointed by the Governing Board, are satisfied that the above result is correct, following an accurate count of the ballot papers.

Ex-officio members of the Board will be:

  • Chair Professional Committee: Raissa Teodori, Italy
  • Chair Division I: Vicki McDonald, Australia
  • Chair Division II: Ann Okerson, United States of America
  • Chair Division III: Maja Žumer, Slovenia
  • Chair Division IV: Antonia Arahova, Greece
  • Chair Division V: Sueli Mara Soares Pinto Ferreira, Brazil

The Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section will be elected in August at its standing committee meeting in Wrocław, Poland.

Board members will take office on 25 August 2017. 

My congratulations to those elected and I would like to thank all candidates for their commitment to IFLA and willingness to participate in this way.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
16 June 2017