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 World President 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 World President serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors. The other officers are elected by the board from its membership. The Chairs of committees are appointed by the World President 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: Kylee Bates, Australia, World President; Matt Clausen, United States, Vice President; Jeff Hoffman, United States, Treasurer and Chair of the Nominating Committee; Osama Suliman, Sudan, Secretary; Yvette Tackie, Tanzania, Chair of the Global Youth Volunteer Summit; and Wolfgang Krell, Germany, Chair of the 2022 WVC Host Organization Search Committee.

Board of Directors

Ruth Lewin
Chair of the Board of Directors

Lucila Ballarino
Corporate Volunteering Representative

Carmen Chavarria
Latin America Regional Representative

Matt Clausen
North America Regional Representative,
Vice President

Jeff Hoffman
At Large Board Member,
Chair of the Nominating Committee

Wolfgang Krell
Europe Regional Representative,
Chair of the WVC 2022 Host Search Committee

Nuntinee Malanon
Asia-Pacific Regional Representative

Eduardo Martinez
Corporate Volunteering Representative

Diane Melley
At Large Board Member

Elizabeth Okezie
Africa Regional Representative

Diane Solinger
Corporate Volunteering Representative

Osama Suliman
Arab Nations Regional Representative,

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