Call for nominations

The International Diabetes Federation is seeking the nomination of members for its Board of Directors 2020-2021.

The elections will be held at the IDF General Assembly in Busan, Korea, on 2 December 2019.

Nominations are required for the following positions:

  • President-Elect - 1 vacancy
  • Vice-Presidents without portfolio - 6 vacancies (2 physicians, 2 healthcare professionals, 2 lay persons)
  • Vice-President Finance - 1 vacancy
  • Vice-President Strategic Governance - 1 vacancy
  • Members of the Nominating Committee - 4 vacancies

Overarching criteria applicable to all categories:

  • All candidates must demonstrate a well-established interest in diabetes at a professional and/or a personal level, with solid evidence of sustained engagement with diabetes activism in their country.
  • All candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to make time available for their Board duties. The terms of reference should clarify that this would require at least three full week-ends per year and at least 3 days per month for participation in virtual meetings and the review and preparation of materials. In addition, the candidate should confirm access to adequate broadband coverage in their home or workplace to take part in virtual meetings.
  • All candidates must demonstrate a reasonable level of international engagement in diabetes, within a well-established international organisation or network.

Skill Sets - for all nominees and for each category

General skills

In addition to the overarching criteria, candidates wishing to be nominated for any of the categories should provide evidence of skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Advocacy - direct engagement in national diabetes advocacy campaigns.
  • Communications - paper or web-based publishing
  • Research - active engagement in academic research published in high impact international journals.
  • Teaching - active engagement in professional and tertiary (post-secondary) education in the past 5-10 years.
  • Ethics - active engagement in ethics and professional conduct committees for practice in the business, medical or non-medical domain or medical or social care research through management of submissions or service on review panels.

Such skills may be professional or developed through volunteer work in diabetes. Such skills should have been exercised at a high level of national or international engagement.

Medical & Scientific skills

Candidates wishing to nominate for the Vice-President without portfolio in the Physician or Healthcare Professional category must demonstrate at least 10 years of direct engagement in diabetes care, research and education, with a significant proportion of that engagement having taken place in the past 5 years.

Financial management skills

Candidates wishing to nominate for the Vice-President Finance category must provide evidence that they have professional accounting qualifications and developed skills in financial management, possibly through high-level corporate employment.

Governance skills

Candidates wishing to nominate for the Vice-President Strategic Governance category must provide evidence that they have professional qualifications and developed skills in governance, ideally with a professional qualification in law or well-established skills in corporate governance and the legal requirements for the management of not-for-profit organisations.


All candidates must be able to communicate in English.

How to apply

A person may be nominated for more than one position, but can only be elected to one position. Please note, however, that candidates can only stand for one position as Vice-President (with or without portfolio).

The Nominating Committee welcomes nominations from anyone interested in shaping the future of the Federation.

Each candidate must submit an application form with all required documents to the IDF Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations received through other channels will not be taken into consideration. 

The Nominating Committee requires the following information for each candidate:

    • Name and contact details
    • The position(s) for which the person wishes to be nominated
    • A short motivational statement/letter
    • The completed application form
    • A recent Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A recent photograph

How to nominate a candidate

Self-nomination is not permitted.

All candidates must be recommended by:

  • At least five IDF Members in the case of President-Elect
  • At least three IDF Members for all other positions

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the nomination and/or application form.

The deadline to submit nominations and applications is 18 July 2019.

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