Governance and leadership

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is led by the Board of Governors, the Director General and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

While the Board of Governors appoints the Director General, it is the responsibility of the Director General to hire members of the SLT. 

Role of the board of governors

The IB Board of Governors plays an important role in setting the strategic direction of the IB. As well as appointing the Director General, the Board is responsible for:

  • adopting a mission statement
  • making policy
  • overseeing the IB's financial management
  • ensuring the autonomy and integrity of IB diploma examinations and other student assessment.

The Board can comprise 15-25 members at any one time. It has five committees: audit; education; finance; human resources; and governance.

Read about the careers of the current membership of the Board.

The governance chart [152 KB]  shows the structure of the Board. Three members are not elected, being given positions on the Board because of their roles. These are the Director General (a non-voting member), the Chair of the Examining Board and the Chair of the Heads Council

All other members are elected. 

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 [222 KB] . The Board has also adopted a code of conduct [539 KB and a conflict of interests policy [26 KB] .

Role of the Director General

The Director General is the IB’s public figurehead. The Board elects an individual to the role, on a four-year term. He or she sets the strategic direction of the IB, working with the Board of Governors and the SLT. The Director General holds each member of the SLT accountable for his or her area of the IB’s work.

The Director General will also work with the Heads Council, one of the IB’s advisory bodies. Members of the Council are elected from IB World Schools across the three IB regions, with a duty to advise the Director General on issues affecting IB World Schools.

Each year, the Director General produces an annual report on the progress of the IB. The report is presented to the Board and then published online. You can read the latest review on this website.

Read about the IB’s current Director General, Dr Siva Kumari. You can also read about the life and work of the IB’s past directors general.

Role of the SLT

The SLT currently has six members, each with responsibility for one of the IB’s core functions. 

  • Assessment, which oversees policy and practice for IB examinations
  • Academic, with responsibility for the IB’s programmes
  • External Academic Relations, including research, and recognition of the IB’s programmes by universities and governments
  • Finance, with responsibility for managing the IB's day-to-day financial functions
  • Schools, which manages several areas including the process for becoming an IB World School and the services schools receive.
  • Strategy Development and Execution, which takes an organization-wide view in order to enable the smart, nimble implementation of our strategy.

Read about the current members of the SLT