IOI Governing Board

The IOI Governing Board (IOI GB) is the constituent body of the Institute and the decision-making organ and the Institute is represented at law and otherwise by the Board and besides by the President. The Board meets annually and is composed of up to 12 Members with full voting rights including the President, Vice-President, the Honorary President, Chair of the Network of Centres, a Host Country Representative, nominated by the Government of the host country of the IOI-HQ and Treasurer. All are selected on the basis of their expertise and their experience and linkages with major policy development institutions and funding bodies, either of governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental nature, and private sector.  The Members serve in their personal capacity.


In 2020 the GB members are: 

  1. Dr. Awni BEHNAM, Honorary President
  2. Mr. Nikolaus GELPKE, Patron of IOI
  3. Dr. Mahin FAGHFOURI, President
  4. Dr. Chua THIA-ENG, Vice-President
  5. Dr. Adnan AWAD, Chair of IOI Directors
  6. Mr. Peter W. LEDER, Treasurer
  7. Professor Simone BORG, Representative of the Government of Malta to the IOI Governing Board
  8. Dr. Lawrence HILDEBRAND, Member 
  9. Ms. Anita COADY, Member 
  10. Professor Louis F. CASSAR, Member
  11. Dr. Wendy WATSON-WRIGHT, Member
  12. Dr. Shi SUIXIANG, Member


  1. Ms. Antonella VASSALLO, Managing Director