The IAF Bureau sets the agenda of the IAF General Assembly, including: review of new member candidates; supervision of IAF activities; and supervision of IAF accounts.
The IAF is administered by a Bureau consistent of Elected and Appointed Officers.
The Bureau meets four times every year – twice in March at the IAF Spring Meetings held in Paris and twice during the year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in September/October.
Bureau meetings discuss IAF policy; IAF administrative and technical committees report on their activities; the IAF Finance Committee issues the audited financial statement of the Federation; and the Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) of upcoming IACs provide status reports. At an IAC, the Bureau is responsible for organizing the General Assembly meeting.
To become a member of the Bureau, a candidate must represent a member of the Federation. Candidacies must be accepted by a Nomination Committee, and then submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
The Bureau Elected Officers include its voting members: the President and twelve Vice-Presidents (VPs). Bureau Appointed Officers include the General Counsel, the Honorary Secretary, the Executive Director and the special advisors of the President. These last are non-voting members.
The Past President and the Incoming President of the Federation, the Presidents of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) also participate in the Bureau meetings but are non-voting members.
The President and Vice Presidents are elected for three years. They are not eligible to serve for a consecutive term and they shall not serve the Federation for more than two non-consecutive terms of the same office.
It is made up of:
- The IAF President
- The Incoming IAF President
- 12 IAF Vice-Presidents
- The IAF Executive Director
- The IAF General Counsel
- The IAF Incoming General Counsel
- The IAF Honorary Secretary
- The President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
- The President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
- Special Advisor to the President
IAF BUREAU 2020 – 2021:
Research Professor, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
VP: Diversity Initiatives and Science & Academic Relations
Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
VP: Honours and Awards
VP: Societies and Museums
President, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)
Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Executive Director, IAF Secretariat