The IFLA Secretary General is responsible for the strategic and operational direction and the financial management of IFLA, within the policies established by the General Assembly and the Governing Board.

Gerald Leitner took on the role of IFLA Secretary General in June 2016. In 2017, he launched the IFLA Global Vision initiative, an unprecedented conversation with the global library field. This has provided the basis for IFLA’s Strategy 2019-2024, and a new, more inclusive, more effective way of working.

This work contributes to the realisation of IFLA’s potential to support a strong and united global library field, powering literate, informed and participatory societies.

Gerald Leitner has previously worked in senior positions at international organisations and in Austria’s cultural, scientific and educational sectors. Before becoming IFLA’s Secretary General, he was the Secretary General of the Austrian Library Association.

Gerald studied literature and history at the University of Vienna, and after his studies worked as a journalist, chief editor of the Austrian Library magazine and head of training for public librarians in Austria.

He is a past president of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and a member of national and international advisory bodies in cultural, education and scientific sectors.

He is highly experienced in negotiating with politicians, authorities, lobby groups, publishers, artists, businesses and strategic partners.

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