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 Missenden in November 2019.


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 Emerging Leader Representatives who were elected at the IGE in 2017. The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL, UK is Chair of the IC.

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 Archdeacon James Palacious, National Chairman
Barbados Stephen Smith, National Chairman
Canada Lou Gizzarelli, National Chair
Asia Pacific Australia Peter Kaye, National Director
Bangladesh Rizwan Farouq, National Trustee
New Zealand Karen Ross, National Director
Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States Czech Republic Jiri Zrust, National Chairman,
Gibraltar Michael Pizzarello, National Director
Netherlands Willem Bartelings, Board Member

8 Emerging Leader Representatives elected in 2017:

Emerging Leaders

Africa Ghana Jones Viduku
South Africa Monica Murray
Americas Barbados Jamar Odwin
Cayman Islands Renece Willis-Bazil
Asia Pacific Hong Kong Christopher Pang
Sri Lanka Tharindra Arumapperuma
Europe,  Mediterranean and Arab States United Kingdom James McClements
Slovakia Michaela Musilova

International Foundation contacts:

Secretary General John May
Operations Director Edwin Kimani
Operations Director Melissa Stoakes
Operations Director Sam Williams


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.