Advisory bodies

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Alongside the Board of Governors, Director General, and Executive Team, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) has councils and boards that support the organization in its functions.

Heads Council

Consisting of 12 members, this council serves as an advisory group to the Director General. It assists with issues that affect IB World Schools.

Members are elected by IB World School heads, with four members from each IB region.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the IB Heads Council:

  • IB Americas – Lorna Prado Scott – Santiago College, Chile 
  • IB Asia Pacific – Gavin Kinch – ACS (International), Singapore

New members will start their term on 1 January 2023.

2021 members of the Heads Council

Africa, Europe, Middle East

Helene Bendorff Kristensen
Grenaa Gymnasium, Denmark

Priscila Alvarado
Instituto Dr. Jaim Weizman, Costa Rica

Vanita Uppal Obe
The British School New Delhi, India
Jane Thompson
American School of Paris, France
Isela Consuegra
Escuela Lomas Altas, Mexico
Susan Just
Lauriston Girls' School, Australia
Chris Ramsey
Whitgift School, UK
Jimena Taboada
St. Brendan's School, Montevideo, Uruguay
Andrew Davies
International School Bangkok, Thailand
Rachel Caldwell
Pechersk School International of Kyiv, Ukraine
Luis Eduardo Rivas
Colegio Victoria, Colombia
Hisayuki Watanabe
Sunnyside International School, Japan


Examining Board

The IB Examining Board comprises all chief examiners of the IB's Diploma Programme (DP)

It supports the Chief Assessment Officer, a member of the IB's Executive Team, by offering expertise and informed discussion on practices and policy. This helps to maintain the quality and standards of assessments and curricula at the IB. 

Its main other activities are to:

  • ensure that all IB examiners can exercise their academic judgment in assessment matters 
  • hold to account their representatives of the Final Award Committee, the body that formally awards the IB diploma and certificates to students, to ensure that academic standards are maintained in DP assessments
  • ensure that the Chief Assessment Officer is aware of any potential academic challenges to the mission of the IB, which is in turn reported to the Board of Governors.

The chief examiners elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the Examing Board, as well as one representative from each of the DP's six subject groups. Those representatives are part of a number of IB committees.

Read about assessment in the DP.