Governance of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists lies with three bodies:
- The Delegate Assembly
is the primary authority in IFAJ matters. It comprises representatives appointed by member associations, who represent, speak and vote on behalf of their association. The number of delegates is determined by the size of the association’s membership. The delegate assembly determines and approves all IFAJ business, including recommendations put to it by the Executive Committee. It is responsible for electing the members of the Presidium, in elections held every two years. It meets at least once a year, usually during the Annual Congress.
- The Executive Committee
is the administrative body of the IFAJ and is constituted from one representative appointed by each full member country, plus the members of the Presidium. The executive is responsible for carrying out decisions made by the delegate assembly, and for recommending items for approval. It meets at least twice a year
- The Presidium comprises the Executive Officers. It ensures the fulfilment of the direction and decisions of the Executive Committee. Meetings of its officers are held every month by teleconference, with a physical meeting at least twice in every calendar year.
In addition, the Global Office provides IFAJ’s administrative function from its base in Quebec, Canada.
The most recent elections to the Presidium took place in July 2016, at the Annual Congress in Bonn, Germany. Current officers are:
Journalist, columnist and journalism and communications instructor; Director, Research Communications, University of Guelph Canada
For IFAJ, he has held the positions of Vice-president, Secretary General
and Newsletter editor and website developer. He has advised on education and professional development programs, and represented the Presidium in developing the Young Leaders and Master Class programs, with program design, curriculum and sponsorship.
Editor in Chief, Land Lantbruk, LRF Media Sweden
For IFAJ, she has been a member of the Executive Committee from 2009 – 2015, and served as chair of the Membership outreach/benefits committee and the Host Country liaison committee, and been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee from 2011 -2012 as well as responsible for the IFAJ Congress held in Sweden in 2012.
Freelance writer, photographer and public relations consultant. Contributing editor for The Furrow and Homestead magazines
Steve’s first IFAJ Congress was in Austria and Slovenia in 2008. Since then, he served on the IFAJ Executive for three years. He chaired the Sponsorship and Finance committee and helped organize workshops for the Executive on sponsorship and new executives, assisted in revising the constitution, led a journalism session at last year’s Boot Camp and is a member of the newly re-started Freedom of the Press committee.
Founder, AgroMavens Ltd, United Kingdom
For IFAJ, he has been a member of the host country liaison committee, and was part of the Hiring Committee convened to set up the Global Office. More recently, he contributed to the overhaul of the IFAJ Constitution and Rules to prepare the organisation for membership expansion under the strategic plan.