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.

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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
  • 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
Head of Corporate Sustainability, Discovery Limited

Board Chair
Mohamed Al Hosani
Director, Leadership & Empowerment, Emirates Foundation

Secretary & Arab Nations Regional Representative
Karen Bergin
Sr. Director, Employee Engagement, Microsoft Philanthropies

At-Large Board Member
Carmen Chavarria
Co-founder, Guatemala Volunteer Center

Chair of the Nominating Committee & Latin America Regional Representatives
Matt Clausen
Public Private Partnership Specialist, Inter-American Foundation

Vice Chair & North America Regional Representative
Wolfgang Krell
Executive Director, Augsburg Volunteer Center

Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the WVC 2023 Search Committee & Europe Regional Representative
Nuntinee Malanon
Volunteer Spirit Network

Asia-Pacific Regional Representative
Diane Melley
Executive Director & Senior Advisor, Philadelphia Foundation

At Large Board Member
Elizabeth Okezie
Counselor & Lecturer, Nigeria Federal College of Education

Africa Regional Representative
Carlos Palacios
Lead, Global Volunteer Program, Telefónica Foundation

At Large Board Member
Cathy Scott
Vice President, Social Impact, The UPS Foundation

At Large Board Member
Diane Solinger
Senior Change Management Practitioner, Google

Chair of the Fundraising Committee & Corporate Volunteering Representative
Yvette Tackie
Management Support, DHL Global Forwarding

Chair of the Global Youth Volunteer Summit & Youth Representative