International Council (IC)

Responsibilities of the International Council (IC) of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association (IAA).

The roles and responsibilities of the IC are to:

  • Supervise the operational functions of the International Award Foundation (IAF);
  • Discuss and approve the agenda and arrangements for the Forum;
  • Act on behalf of the International Award Association (IAA) between Forum meetings;
  • Ensure that decisions made at the Forum are put into action;
  • Accept qualified National Award Operators (NAOs) into provisional membership of the IAA.


The IC meets once a year, either at the Forum, International Gold Event (IGE) or at a specific IC meeting, depending on where we are in the three year cycle of events. The most recent IC meeting took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in October 2022.


The International Council consists of the Trustees and the Secretary General of the International Award Foundation plus 12 representatives who were elected at Forum 2018 (to represent the interests of National Award Operators and Independent Award Centres in an area) and eight new Emerging Leader Representatives who were elected at Forum 2022 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

12 representatives as elected in 2018:

Africa Togo Komi Abitor, National Chair
Seychelles Ralph Jean-Louis, National Chair
South Africa Modhise Makhene, National Chair
Americas Bahamas James Palacious, National Chair
Barbados Stephen Smith, National Chair
Canada Lou Gizzarelli, National Chair
Asia Pacific Australia Peter Kaye, National Director
Bangladesh Rizwan Farouq, National Chair
New Zealand Karen Ross, National Director
Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States Czech Republic Jiri Zrust, National Chair
Gibraltar Michael Pizzarello, National Director
Netherlands Willem Bartelings, Board Member

8 Emerging Leader Representatives elected in 2022:

Africa Ghana Peniel Boye
Kenya Rose Poka
Americas Bermuda Brianna Justine Simmons
Cayman Islands Chauntae Martinez
Asia Pacific Australia Emily Milton-Smith
Malaysia Potter Ka Kai Fong
Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States Czech Republic Eliska Krizova
Türkiye Aybüke Çalışkan

International Foundation contacts:

Interim Secretary General Stephen Peck
Global Operations Director Edwin Kimani
Global Operations Director Melissa Stoakes


The Foundation and International Council thank the outgoing Emerging Leader Representatives for their dedication and commitment to the development of the Award over the last three years.