2020 is an election year for IBA members to vote for the 2021 Council term. This year, there are two officer positions: Vice-President (Eurasia) and Secretary, and three Council positions open. The term for each position is three years, begins on January 10th, 2021 and ends on January 9th, 2024. As articulated in the bylaws, a nominations committee was formed in May 2020 by the IBA President. The Committee submitted their finalized candidate list to the IBA President, Secretary, and Director of Transition on July 10th, 2020. The Chair of the nominations committee was Andreas Zedrosser (Norway). Members included Ximena Velez-Liendo (Bolivia) and Djuro Huber (Croatia).

The member nominations period was open from August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020. This open nomination period is open to all IBA members with current membership. On July 29th, 2020, an email was sent to all current IBA members announcing the open nomination periods and providing instructions how to nominate. 

Please check back to this page and watch for emails from IBA on election updates beginning mid-September 2020.

IBA Council Candidates January 10th, 2021 – January 9th 2024 Term

Agnieszka Sergiel

Vice President Eurasia Candidate
Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences
Poland

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Agnieszka with your questions at:

Read Agnieszka’s Candidate Statement
Alexandros A. Karamanlidis

Vice President Eurasia Candidate
ARCTUROS, Civil Society for the Protection and Management of Wildlife and the Natural Environment
Greece

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Alexandros with your questions at:

Read Alexandros’ Candidate Statement

Alexander Kopatz

Secretary Candidate (Incumbent)
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) Norway

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Alexander with your questions at:

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Claudio Groff

Councillor Candidate
Provincia Autonoma Di Trento Servizio Foreste e fauna
Italy

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Claudio with your questions at:

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Colleen Olfenbuttel

Councillor Candidate
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
United States of America

Nominated by IBA Member, Karen Noyce
Email Colleen with your questions at:

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Lorraine Scotson, PhD

Councillor Candidate
Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation
Scotland/Lao PDR

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Lorraine with your questions at:

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Mark Edwards

Councillor Candidate Royal Alberta
Museum/University of Alberta Canada

Nominated by IBA Nominations
Committee Email Mark with your questions at:

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Marta De Barba

Councillor Candidate (Incumbent)
Biology Department Biotechnical Faculty
Slovenia

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Marta with your questions at:

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Richard A. Beausoleil

Councillor Candidate
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
United States of America

Nominated by IBA Member, Carl Lackey
Email Richard with your questions at:

Read Richard’s Candidate Statement

Trishna Dutta

Councillor Candidate
University of Göttingen
Germany/India

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Trishna with your questions at:

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Viviana Albarracín Dávalos

Councillor Candidate
Independent Researcher
Bolivia

Nominated by IBA Nominations Committee
Email Viviana with your questions at:

Read Viviana’s Candidate Statement

This year we will be our third year using the IBA membership system for electronic voting. To access the electronic ballot, your membership needs to be current. Anyone who is a dues-paying or complimentary member of the IBA at the time that election ballots are sent out is eligible to vote in an election. Anyone joining IBA for the first-time or whose memberships has expired for ≥3 years must establish membership ≥3 months (by August 15th, 2020) prior to the distribution of ballots. For detailed information about election process, timeline, and balloting, please review the IBA Bylaws.

Timeline and Deadlines for the 2020 IBA Election

Deadline for Nominations Committee:July 15, 2020
Candidate List sent to IBA Members:July 29, 2020
Member nomination period dates announced to IBA Members:July 29, 2020
Deadline for new memberships or lapsed for ≥3 years to purchase/renew with voting eligibility:August 15th, 2020
Open nomination period for IBA Members:August 01– August 31, 2020
Election opens:November 15, 2020
Election closes:December 15, 2020 Midnight, Central European Time Zone (CET) UTC +1