Governance structure

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) governance is composed of:

  • an IB Board of Governors
  • six committees (access and advancement, audit, education, finance, human resources and governance)

The governance chart [152 KB]  shows its structure.

The IB governance plays an important role in ensuring the longevity of the organization and the continuing relevance of its programmes. The structure of its different committees are based on respect, representation and collaboration.

Role of the Board of Governors

As a member of the IB Board of Governors you play a role in setting the strategic direction of the organization, appointing the director general, adopting a mission statement, making policy, overseeing the IB's financial management, and ensuring the autonomy and integrity of IB diploma examinations and other student assessment. Information about the role and responsibilities of the Board and its electoral procedures can be found in the Act of Foundation [74 KB]  and Rules of Procedure [160 KB] .

The Board strives to comply with governance best practice standards and has implemented policies such as the code of conduct [60 KB and the conflict of interests [26 KB] .

The IB Board of Governors

The Board can comprise between 15 and 25 members. Members are elected by the Board on the recommendation of the governance committee, and from nominations presented from the Heads Council, Regional Councils and the Board. To encourage diversity of gender, culture and geography there are only three ex officio positions taken by the director general (non-voting), the chair of the Examining Board and the chair of the Heads Council.

The Board, which appoints the Director General, sets the strategic direction of the organization, adopts a mission statement, makes policy, oversees the IB's financial management, and ensures the autonomy and integrity of the IB Diploma Programme examinations and other student assessment.

The Board has six permanent committees and establishes task force groups as required. Three of the committees represent best governance practice— audit, governance, human resources —and three deal with policy—education, finance, and access and advancement.