IIAS has a complex governance because of the number of entities, groups, projects, and activities coming under its purview. The Secretariat is registered as an AISBL (NGO) in Belgium and is managed by a DG who operates under the authority of the Council of Administration and its President. The Presidents of IIAS affiliates are consulted over the designation of the DG and over the strategic direction of the Secretariat. The Secretariat is bound to implement decisions of those Boards and their Presidents in relation to their entities. The graphic on the left shows the skeleton of the governance structure of IIAS and its affiliates.
IIAS Governance is characterized by extreme flexibility and autonomy of its operations. The common vision and mission of the different entities is what makes this governance work. On the margins of the IIAS, IASIA and EGPA statutory meetings in Brussels in the Spring of every year, IIAS President and the DG convene with the Presidents of all affiliate entities to discuss the overall governance of the IIAS group in view of ensuring its continuous smooth running. The concomitant organization of the statutory meetings for all entities run by the Secretariat during the Spring in Brussels is the opportunity to discuss adjustments to the overall governance