The work of our International Board is founded on and driven by a number of core values that permeate the entire movement:

  • Honesty and humility,
  • Competence and efficacy, and
  • Leadership by good example.

The International Board oversees the strategic development of IOGT International’s work towards a world of peace, democracy and justice where free and healthy citizens actively contribute in all levels of society.

Unanimously elected at the 68th Session of the IOGT International World Congress in Thailand, in October 2014, the mandate period is 2014 to 2018.

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Kristina & Pubudu

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Kristina Sperkova

Pubudu Sumanasekara

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Christian Bölckow

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Christian Bölckow

Hamburg, Germany

 christian.boelckow [at] iogt.org

Christian’s Blog Corner

Christian is our expert for rehabilitation and social work, and is thus the chairman of the Rehabilitation Core Group in IOGT International.

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​Christian is working as a pedagogue, training leaders of mutual help groups nationwide for IOGT Germany.

Christian finished studies in Stockholm (Sweden) and Hamburg (Germany) as a master of sociology. His second profession is Public Relations advisor. He was a member of the parliament of the federal state of Hamburg from 1993 to 1997. From 2005 to 2010 he was the executive director of Centre for Addiction Issues in Hamburg, working both on prevention and rehabilitation. He is an expert on alcohol, other drugs, and tobacco policy.

As a member of the board of IOGT International, elected in 2014, he is a member of the administrative committee and the chair of the rehabilitation core group. Christian is our expert for rehabilitation and social work.

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Brenda Mkwesha

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Brenda Mkwesha

Arusha, Tanzania

brenda.mkwesha [at] iogt.org

Brenda’s Blog Corner

Brenda is our expert for alcohol policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including protection and promotion of Child Rights and Women’s Rights.

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Brenda has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration – Accounting major as well as a Master degree of Business Administration – Strategic Management Major.

Brenda has worked as an accountant for 4 years at Cingular Wireless between 2001 and 2005. She later worked as Project accountant for 4 years between 2006 at 2009 at Call center solutions.Brenda volunteered for one year in 2010 at Kenya Girl Guides Association, where she later was employed to work as an Executive Officer for 1 year in 2011.

Brenda was a Project Officer for 4 years in the regional office in East Africa of the  IOGT-NTO movement Sweden.

Currently she is working as a sub-granting officer since May 2016 at Forum Syd, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Brenda serves as IOGT International Board member since 2014. She is our expert for alcohol policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including protection and promotion of Child Rights and Women’s Rights.

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Adis Arnautovic

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Adis Arnautovic

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

adis.arnautovic [at] iogt.org

Adis’ Blog Corner

Adis is our expert for alcohol policy in South-Eastern Europe, including protection and promotion of adolescent health and youth rights.

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Adis is a professional youth worker for more than 20 years with degree from the University of Jonkoping, Sweden.

He has been active in the field of youth activism and alcohol prevention programs among youth in the Balkan region for over 20 years, working on different programs with various target groups such as women, underage delinquency, refugees, government institutions and media.

Until 2004, Adis has been involved in the Swedish NGO Proni Institute for social education, working on conflict resolution in post-war Balkans.

From 2004 to 2010 he worked in Forum Syd Balkans on youth networking and development of civil society organizations in the area of the Balkans.

Ever since then, Adis is working with the Center for Youth Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working directly on prevention programs tackling alcohol use and alcohol availability, and also working on advocacy level for the development of the first alcohol control act in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In last 7 years Adis has worked on facilitating networking of individuals and civil society organizations that deal with substance use prevention programs in order to create a joint action for change within the wider Balkan region.

Adis serves as a member of the IOGT International board since 2014. Adis is our expert for alcohol policy in South-Eastern Europe, including protection and promotion of adolescent health and youth rights.

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Cecilie Widnes

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Cecilie Widnes

Oslo, Norway

cecilie.widnes [at] iogt.org

Cecilie’s Blog Corner

Cecilie is our expert for alcohol policy on local and national level, as well as civil society engagement, including the protection and promotion of minority rights.

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Cecilie is in her 10th year serving as Secretary-General of IOGT Norway. IOGT Norway provides a wide range of work in the field of political advocacy, alcohol and other drugs prevention programmes as well as social work.

Cecilie also serves as Vice President of Actis – Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs, which is a Norwegian umbrella organization for NGOs working in the field alcohol and other drugs.

She has a Master degree in Sociology and a Bachelor degree in Spanish and Geography from the University of Oslo.

Cecilie has six years of work experience as Secretary-Genral of the Student Christian Movement Norway and as Editor and journalist in The Church City Mission which is one of the largest humanitarian faith-based organizations in Norway.

Cecilie is member of the IOGT International Board since 2014. Cecilie is our expert for alcohol policy on local and national level, as well as civil society engagement, including the protection and promotion of minority rights.

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Teera Watcharapranee

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Teera Watcharapranee

Bangkok, Thailand

teera.watcharapranee [at] iogt.org

Teera’s Blog Corner

Teera is our expert for alcohol policy on local and national level in Thailand, and South-East Asia. Teera is also our expert for civil society mobilization for health promotion.

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Teera is the manager of the Stopdrink Network (SDN), Thailand, leading the organization for over 12 years.

His background was original in company accounting but he changed his job after he graduated with a Master degree in Technology of Environmental Management from Mahidol University.

Teera’s expertise is the work to mobilize social movements and to foster civil society empowerment, which he started developing as he took the job at  SDN. Teera set up the SDN members network in every province across the country and worked to galvanize momentum for the social campaign and public policy-making to prevent and reduce the alcohol harm, together with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

He is a board member of IOGT International since 2014. Teera is our expert for alcohol policy on local and national level in Thailand, and South-East Asia. Teera is also our expert for civil society mobilization for health promotion.

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Kadri Vanem

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Kadri Vanem

Brussels, Belgium

kadri.vanem [at] iogt.org

Kadri’s Blog Corner

Kadri is our expert for alcohol policy in the European Union, including Alcohol in All Policies.

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Kadri works since 2007 as policy adviser to a Member of the European Parliament on foreign policy and security and defence policy. Her main areas among others include human rights across the world, EU enlargement, EU Eastern Neighbourhood and cyber security and defense.

Kadri’s academic background includes studies of Eastern European politics and history at Free University of Berlin, as well as studies of theology at both Free University of Berlin and University of Tartu.

Kadri has been involved in local IOGT member organisations in Estonia and Germany since 1998. From 2004 to 2008 she served as board member and subsequently treasurer of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, the European youth platform of the IOGT movement. In her tenure, Kadri focused on external advocacy and alcohol policy.

Between 2009 and 2010, Kadri served on the board of the European Youth Forum, the European umbrella platform for national youth councils and youth NGOs, with her main responsibilities being public health, youth participation and the EU Youth in Action programme.

In 2014, Kadri was elected to the board of IOGT International. Kadri is our expert for alcohol policy in the European Union, including Alcohol in All Policies.

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Srinivas Vara Prasad

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Srinivas Vara Prasad

New Delhi, India

srinivas.vpv [at] iogt.org

Srinivas’ Blog Corner

Srinivas is our expert for alcohol policy in India, including community-based prevention work and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

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Srinivas has 25 years of professional experience in the IT Field, currently working as “Group Head IT-India” for a Multi-National Company. His academic credentials include a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Advanced Management Studies from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC).

Srinivas has been active member in IOGT since 1987. During that time he has served in various functions, including National Youth Director of IOGT India (1995-1997), Regional Secretary of the IOGT Regional Council for South and South East Asia (2002 – 2008), Co-Founder of Yuva Bharat (National Youth Foundation) – Since 2009. In all these years he has conducted community-based prevention programs at both State and National level in India.

Srinivas is also the founder and current President of Amardeep India, an NGO based in New Delhi, India promoting voluntary service in field of prevention and advocacy for heathy lifestyle and effective policies that facilitate and enable such lifestyles.

Srinivas serves as member of the IOGT International Board since 2014. Srinivas is our expert for alcohol policy in India, including community-based prevention work and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

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Special Experts

The IOGT International Board is completed by currently one adjunct who is an outstanding experts in his field:

Mona Örjes

President,
JUNIS – The Swedish IOGT-NTO movement’s junior association

Enköping, Sweden

mona.orjes [at] junis.org

Mona is our adjoint expert for the protection and promotion of Child Rights, especially concerning the harm and dangers caused by alcohol and other drugs. She serves as chairwoman of the Child Rights Core Group in IOGT International.

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Administrative Committee

The International Board appoints from its membership an Administrative Committee. For the mandate period 2014 to 2018 the IOGT International AC consists of International President Kristina Sperkova, International Vice President Pubudu Sumanasekara, Board Member Christian Bölckow and Executive Director Esbjörn Hörnberg.