Our Leadership

IAVE was founded in 1970 by volunteers from throughout the world – and volunteers continue today to set its strategic direction and guide the organization’s work. The 13-person international Board of Directors, from 9 countries, meets quarterly, including one in-person meeting annually. The board represents both geographic regions and specific constituent groups.

The Executive Committee

The Chair of the IAVE Board of Directors is elected by the members to serve a four year term and is eligible to stand for re-election for an additional two year term. The other officers are elected by the board from its membership. The Chairs of committees are appointed by the Board Chair with approval of the board.

Together, they form the Executive Committee that meets and acts as needed between meetings of the board. The Executive Committee members are:

  • Ruth Lewin, South Africa, Board Chair
  • Matt Clausen, United States, Vice President
  • Wolfgang Krell, Germany, Treasurer, Chair of the WVC 2022 Host Search Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Osama Suliman, Sudan, Secretary
  • Carmen Chavarria, Guatemala, Chair of the Nominating Committee
  • Diane Solinger, United States, Chair of the Fundraising Committee
  • Yvette Tackie, Tanzania, Chair of the Global Youth Volunteer Summit

Board of Directors

Ruth Lewin
Chair of the Board of Directors

Lucila Ballarino
Corporate Volunteering Representative

Karen Bergin
At Large Board Member

Carmen Chavarria
Latin America Regional Representative,
Chair of the Nominating Committee

Matt Clausen
North America Regional Representative,
Vice President

Wolfgang Krell
Treasurer, Europe Regional Representative, Chair of the WVC 2023 Host Search Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee

Nuntinee Malanon
Asia-Pacific Regional Representative

Diane Melley
At Large Board Member

Elizabeth Okezie
Africa Regional Representative

Cathy Scott
At Large Board Member

Diane Solinger
Corporate Volunteering Representative,
Chair of the Fundraising Committee

Osama Suliman
Arab Nations Regional Representative,

Yvette Tackie
Youth Representative,
Chair of the Global Youth Volunteer Summit