Joanna Manganara – Greece
Chief Representative to the United Nations
Joanna Manganara is a former Minister-Counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, a member of the Greek League of Women’s Rights and a member of the board of the Greek Council for Refugees and the Hellenic Committee for UNICEF.
Lyda Verstegen – The Netherlands
Lyda Verstegen is a lawyer by education. She served as President of the IAW 2010–2013. She is a former President of Vrouwenbelangen in the Netherlands and chair of the Appeals Commission for Personnel of the Ministry of Social Affairs of The Netherlands. She is currently convener of the IAW Commission on Human Rights.
Executive Vice Presidents:
Bashan Rafique – United Kingdom / Pakistan
Bashan Rafique has a master’s degree in English literature and has received training in financial planning. She has served as IAW Executive Vice President since 2010 and is chair of the UK All Pakistan Women’s Association.
Jessika Kehl-Lauff – Switzerland
Jessika Kehl-Lauff was President of the Swiss Association for the Rights of Women (ADF/SVF ) 1997–2009, President of the Appenzell Red Cross, Judge of the Appellate Court of Appenzell Rh. Ext. (1987–2011), and Member of the Municipal Council in Grub AR.
Regina Smit – The Netherlands
Representative to the United Nations as Chief Administrative Officer
Regina has been educated in facility management, has worked as PR Manager for the Dutch Dairy Association, as a hotel manager and now runs a freelance consultancy on food, nutrition and cooking.
In 2007 Regina was Women’s Representative on the Delegation of the Netherlands to the General Assembly of the United Nations. She is a member of Zonta International, where she has served as a member of international committees and Governor in Europe
Rosy Weiss – Austria
Rosy was President of IAW 2006 – 2011
Regional Vice Presidents:
Marion Böker – Germany
Marion Böker is a Member of the Deutscher Frauenring, owner of boeker-consult, a consultancy for Human Rights and Gender Issues. This is her second term on the board of IAW. She is alternate representative of IAW to the European Women’s Lobby.
Johanna Sterbin – USA
Johanna Sterbin is a lawyer by education. She is a professor at Pace University, NY and an Administrative Law Judge, City of New York. She is a UN representative for IAW and the International Federation of Women Lawyers.
Mapule Ncanywa – South Africa
Sub Saharan Africa
Mapule Ncanywa is General Manager for Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, Executive member of Mmabatho Foundation for Women’s Development. She is convener of the IAW Commission on The Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Asha Deshpande – India
South East Asia
Asha Deshpande is educated in Management, Accounting and Taxation. She is Vice President of All India Women’s Conference and has served on the Board of IAW since 2010.
Other Board Members:
Tova Ben-Dov – Israel
Margunn Bjørnholt – Norway
Margunn Bjørnholt is a sociologist and a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. She is a former President of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby.
Rakesh Dhawan – India
Louise Deumer – The Netherlands
Louise Deumer was the founder and owner of “Agrarische Studiereizen”, a professional tour operating company.” After retirement she founded and manages “Agrarian Tours/Discover Holland Tours. She is a founding member of Agricultural Tour Operators International.
Gudrun Haupter – Germany
Gudrun Haupter is a retired professional translator. She is a member of the Deutscher Frauenring, expert for projects in West Africa, convener of the IAW Commission on Health. She represents IAW at WHO.
Natalia Kostus – Poland / USA
Natalia Kostus has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She has 8 years of experience in international diplomatic and United Nations settings with primary focus on policy development, advocacy, and analysis in UN negotiations and decision‐making processes of programmes and funds. She has knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and legal instruments on sustainable development, social and economic rights, environment, and climate change. She is convener of the IAW Commission on Climate Change.
Danielle Levy – France
Thobekile Maphumulo – South Africa
Thobekile Maphumulo is an advisor at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and a social science in development studies postgraduate. An MBA member at Henley Business School. Thobekile holds a certificate from Unisa BMR in Marketing Research, obtained a Management Advancement Program (MAP) qualification from Henley SA. She serves on the board of Katota Property Management based in SA and Dubai. She has been a member of IAW for 4 years and is responsible for UN-Habitat, Nairobi.
Sanna Pajusolo – Finland
Sanna Pajusalo is an attorney-at -law, served as vice-chair of Feminist Association Unioni 2008–2010 and was a board member of the Finnish–Estonian Trade Association 2006–2011. Apart from Finnish, she speaks Swedish, English, French, Spanish and Russian.
Daniela Reiter – Austria
Daniela Reiter is an industrial psychologist. She was first elected to the IAW board in 2010. She was Policy Officer for Gender Equality, Austrian National Youth Council, Vienna, where she developed and established genderize!, a mentoring project for young women.
Ruhi Sayid – Pakistan
Jocelynne Scutt – Australia / United Kingdom
Signe Vahlun – Denmark
Signe Vahlun has an MA in International Development Studies and Cultural Encounters. She is currently employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of Section in the Green Growth department. She is a board member of the Danish Women’s Society.
Anne Wegge – Finland
Anje Wiersinga – The Netherlands
Anje Wiersinga is a medical doctor and has a varied international experience. She is a member of Vrouwenbelangen, the Netherlands, represents IAW at the Council of Europe and is a convener of the IAW Commission on Democracy.