The work of the International Board is founded on and driven by a number of core values that permeate our global IOGT 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.

Elected at the 69th Session of the IOGT International World Congress in Sigtuna, Sweden in August 2018, the mandate period is 2018 to 2022.

Kristina & Pubudu

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Kristina Sperkova

Pubudu Sumanasekara

Unanimously re-elected at the 69th World Congress in Sigtuna, Sweden in 2018, Kristina and Pubudu are leading the global IOGT movement four more years.

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Christian Bölckow

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Treasurer

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. Christian works as a addiction self-help pedagogue at IOGT in Germany.

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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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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. Cecilie is the Secretary-General of IOGT in Norway.

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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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Tunga Zimonte

Board Member

Chipfuyamiti Tungamirai Zimonte

Harare, Zimbabwe

tunga.zimonte [at] iogt.org

Tunga’s Blog Corner

Tunga is our expert for alcohol and other drug prevention solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, including protection and promotion of Child Rights and Women’s Rights, revealing the unethical practices of Big Alcohol, as well as advocacy. He is the founder and director of YADD – Youth Against Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

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Tunga is the founder and director for Youth against Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (YADD), a youth organization committed to promoting healthy lifestyle skills and choices among young people in Zimbabwe. Tunga is a board member of the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) and coordinates its activities in Zimbabwe.

Apart from public health advocacy, Tunga is a media professional passionate about communication, art and life. In 2012 he had some of his graphic design work exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe as part of a group exhibition titled “Unevenness: Interrogating dominating and dominated relationships based on different cultures, religions and histories.”

Tunga holds a Bsc (Hons) Media and Society Degree from the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe.

He is member of the IOGT International board since 2018 and is our expert for alcohol and other drug prevention solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, including protection and promotion of Child Rights and Women’s Rights, revealing the unethical practices of Big Alcohol, as well as advocacy.

Adis Arnautovic

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Board Member

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. Adis is the Executive Director of CEM (Center for Youth Education) in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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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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Rachanikorn Sarasiri

Board Member

Rachanikorn Sarasiri

Bangkok, Thailand

rachanikorn.sarasiri [at] iogt.org

Rachanikorn’s Blog Corner

Rachanikorn is our expert for evidence-based solutions to drug demand and supply reduction, including prevention and alternative development in Thailand, and South-East Asia.

She works as advisor at the ONCB (Office of Narcotics Control Board) at the Thai government. Rachanikorn is the President of IOGT in Thailand.

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Padip Mohanty

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Pradip Mohanty

Bhubaneswar, India

pradip.mohanty [at] iogt.org

Pradip’s Blog Corner

Pradip is our expert for alcohol and other drugs policy in India, including community-based prevention work and promotion of a healthy lifestyles, as well as alternative development and the promotion of sustainable development in rural communities.

Pradip is the Chief Executive of Sarvodaya Samiti.

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Alex Meier

Board Member

Alexandra Louise Meier

Basel, Switzerland

alex.meier [at] iogt.org

Alex’s Blog Corner

Alex is our expert for youth leadership and youth mobilization for evidence-based prevention and health promotion.

She is the President of Juvente Switzerland.

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Special Experts

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

Josefin Bogelid

Adjunct expert to the IOGT International board, representing
JUNIS – The Swedish IOGT-NTO movement’s junior association

Vetlanda, Sweden

josefin.bogelid [at] junis.org

Josefin is our adjunct expert for the protection and promotion of Child Rights, especially concerning children growing up in families with parental substance use problems.

She serves as chairwoman of the Child Rights Core Group in IOGT International.

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