IBBY Announces New Officers and Andersen Jury 2016-2018

September 2016

The following Executive Committee was elected at the IBBY General Assembly held on Sunday, 21 August in Auckland, New Zealand.


IBBY President

Wally De Doncker from Hamme-Zogge, Belgium. 


President of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury

Patricia Aldana from Toronto, Canada. 


Members of the IBBY Executive Committee

Anastasia Arkhipova from Moscow, Russia.

Carole Bloch from Cape Town, South Africa. 

Hasmig Chahinian from Paris, France. 

Evelyn B. Freeman from Worthington, OH, USA; IBBY Vice-President for the term 2016-18.

Zohreh Ghaeni from Tehran, Iran. 

Ferelith Hordon from London, UK. 

Sunjidmaa Jamba from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; President of the 2018 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. 

Serpil Ural from Istanbul, Turkey. 

Maria Cristina Vargas from Mexico City, Mexico. 

Mingzhou Zhang from Beijing, China; IBBY Vice-President for the term 2016-18.


Ex officio members of the IBBY Executive Committee

Ellis Vance (Fresno, CA, USA) was re-confirmed as Treasurer. 

Liz Page (Basel, Switzerland) was re-confirmed as the IBBY Executive Director.

Björn Sundmark (Malmö, Sweden) was re-confirmed as the editor of IBBY’s journal Bookbird.


Urs Fröhlicher (Münchenstein, BL, Switzerland) was re-elected as auditor.



The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of books for young people.  Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important and lasting contribution to literature for young people. 


The following were selected as members of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury:


Denis Beznosov from Moscow, Russia

Yasuko Doi from Osaka, Japan

Reina Duarte from Barcelona, Spain

Andrej Ilc from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Eva Kaliskami from Athens, Greece

Shereen Kreidieh from Beirut, Lebanon

María Beatriz Medina from Caracas, Venezuela

Yasmine Motawy from Cairo, Egypt

Lola Rubio from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Junko Yokota from Evanston, IL, USA


Former IBBY Vice President Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and IBBY Executive Director Liz Page (Basel, Switzerland) are ex officio Jury members.  

The 2018 Jury was selected by IBBY's Executive Committee from 17 nominations made by its national sections. Jury President Patricia Aldana (Toronto, Canada) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards.


For more information about IBBY’s Executive Committee, the Andersen Jury, the IBBY programme and current projects please visit the IBBY website at: http://www.ibby.org


Liz Page
IBBY Executive Director