The Regional Boards are the link between the National Directors and the IAAS World Executive Committee.
Regional Boards exist officially of a Regional Director and a Regional Exchange Coordinator.
IAAS is divided into 4 main regions:
Joaquin Rivas, Regional Director of Americas
Message: Aloha IAASers everywhere!
My name is Joaquín Rivas, I’m 23 years old, I am from Chile and I study Agricultural Engineering in Santiago. I love to create, organize and live things related to what I like the most, like urban agriculture, sustainability, sports, I love to skate, trekking, and ride bike, camping in the nature and watch the stars on a campfire. I also play percussion, I love music. I’m an IAAS member since 2015 where I was a member of the OC of the DMA Chile 2015, which was a successful event, with many participants motivated to begin as active members and create their own committees. After I was ND of IAAS Chile in 2016, we worked hard to expand IAAS in our country and we did. As a Regional Director, my mission is to support the new members to establish their committees in their countries with a solid base, I´d like to promote the organize of events, projects and campaigns in our region, also start a solid exchange program in AMERICA.
Let’s GO North, Latino and South AMERICA!
Monika Wroniszewska, Regional Director of North & East Europe
Skype: Monika Wroniszewska
Message: Hello FamilIAAS,
My name is Monika Wroniszewska. I study Human Nutrition and Food Evaluation at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. I’m 23 years old. For me quality of food is strongly connected with agriculture so it was a main reason why I joined to IAAS straight away on first year of my studies, 4 years ago.
Something about me – I’m enthusiast of listening music which illustrate my emotions. In every free moment I’m reading books - it’s really good way to dissociate oneself from every worries. Spending time with my family and friends is really important for me too.
What I really love in IAAS? That I’m surrounded by passionate people all over the world who really wants to change something not only “exist” during their time in the uni. I attended as much IAAS events as I could. I met amazing people who teach me how to be open-minded and tolerant not only for other cultures but different personality too. By teamwork we can gain more than doing something alone.
My mission as RD is difficult but not impossible. I want to help my committees to grow and be more visible among all association. I’m sure that in my region are many interested in IAAS students but they are only need motivation and helping hand.
I want to wish to all of you FamilIAAS a wonderful time in IAAS!
Go further! Go IAAS! ;)
Julia Weissenbacher, Regional Director Western Europe
Skype: Julia Weissenbacher
Message: My name is Julia Weissenbacher and I study Agricultural Sciences at the University of Natural
Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. I am aware that many of you don’t know me, but that
curiosity is about to change as I joined IAAS Austria not so long ago. Fortunately, I already had the
opportunity to get to know super friendly people. I have always been interested in other languages
and foreign countries. I spent 5 months abroad in South America/Argentina and was able to improve
my communication skills in Spanish. I consider myself as a very hard working person, who has a deep
understanding of trust, networking and interdependency. I always feel myself obliged to the
contribution of useful knowledge and work experience. I would like to ensure you that I am a big fan
of travelling and place international experience above everything else. I am really excited to be the
new Regional Director of Western Europe. Finally, I am already feeling very confident about our
future together and looking forward to meet you all.
Go further! Go IAAS!
Elsa Gerhard, Regional Director of Central Europe
Message: Hello everyone,
I am very happy to be able to address you here! I am Elsa from Germany (Hohenheim) and I am very proud to be your Regional Director for Central Europe in 2017! I have been in IAAS for around three years now, and it has always been a great experience. This year I want to put more emphasis on the connection of IAAS within itself on a broader level (Central Europe, for a start). For the region I hope to increase communication between countries, so that everyone can benefit from the ideas of other committees. IAAS is a community and as such I hope to increase the feeling of our familIAAS in the region. Together we can have an impact and shape the future in our understanding. Let’s stand together and make the world a better place! J
For any questions or ideas, please contact me. I am looking forward to work with all of you!
Edward Colind, Regional Director Asia Pacific
Message: Dear IAASers,
My name is Edward Colind A.P. and 21 years old from Indonesia. I’m majoring Forest Products Technology, Faculty of Forestry in Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia. I love travelling and coffee enthusiast.
Lastly, I am running for Vice Director of Partnership IAAS Indonesia 2016/2017. I’ve been a member of IAAS since 2013 in IAAS Indonesia LC IPB. Year by year I realized that “Damn, I just love to be here, I love with the whole things about IAAS” so I decided to continue my journey in IAAS by becoming RD and it’s the way of my giving back.
What do I dream of IAAS Asia Pacific in the future? We’re going to have 1) the strong generation to foster IAAS Region itself and ensuring the sustainable regeneration, 2) Tackling the new challenges by making impactful-realistic-adoptable project in agricultural and related sciences, and 3) blasting IAAS Asia Pacific itself. IAAS is the one of organization who always create the fruitful young generation and we must preserve it. There’s no impossible, everything is possible as long as we have strong will. We’re a team, we stand for IAAS, and We’re ready to assist the world.
Ramoudane Orou Sannou, Regional Director Africa
Message: Hello dear fellows,
My name is Ramoudane, I’m 22 years old and come from Benin, a developing West African country where I’m currently enrolled in final year of master’s degree in agricultural economics.
I am heavily involved since 2011 in the activities of IAAS local board in my university. IAAS is a great chance for all members because it allow us to : i) Meet people who share similar ideals with us and stimulate our critical thinking so as to develop agriculture in the world, ii) Acquire our first professional experience trough ExPro and iii) Boost our leadership potential.
My goals as RD are:
1st: Enlarge our family. I’m member of a wide network of young leaders’ trough Africa, so I can easily support current candidate members and make new countries join our association.
2nd: Raise fund for African region. I hope to work with VP finance and VP external relation so as to gather more financial means for my region.
3rd: Promote IAAS Africa. My final goal is to give a better attractiveness to IAAS in Africa through strong and active partnership and networking with regional institutions, member countries and members around the world.
Dennys Lizama, Regional Exchange Coordinator of Americas
Message: I´m a member of IAAS since 2015, I started in this great association because I like meeting motivated people, agriculture and traveling.
I grew in farm in the south of Chile, near a little town called Temuco, always I have seen crops, like oat, wheat, barley, and raps. I have worked all my vacations in there. I know how is the job that and the opportunities in that sector to have a Exchange Program are awesome.
Today in South America there are not places of Expro, I want to change that, and motivate all countries in America to have even one place of exchange to start, then gradually opening more places.
It will be hard work, but I am willing to take that challenge, I know, that America has a great agricultural potential and motivated student to do a ExPro, we have to take advantage of it and make it a great network exchanges.
Being a Regional Exchange Coordinator, for me is a great privilege, I never thought I would reach this position.
Thanks for the people who trusted me, I'm going to do my best.
Lan Rajlić, Regional Exchange Coordinator of North & East Europe
Skype: Lan Rajlic
Message: My name is Lan Rajlić and besides being the new RExCo for NE region of Europe, I am an active member of IAAS Croatia. I have a bachelor degree in agricultural economics and am currently studying agrobussines and rural development as my master studies. I am 22 years old. During my time in IAAS I've attended Seminar in Slavonija (Croatia) and helped organise the EDM held in Zagreb. I can't wait to attend more IAAS events and to meet more of the awesome IAAS-ers we have around the world!
Nik Bradač, Regional Exchange Coordinator of West Europe
Message: I'm Nik Bradač, a 23-year old student of Animal Science on University of Ljubljana. I was always interested in working with animals and in the field of agriculture and this study was an opportunity for me to combine all my interests in one field. I discovered IAAS in my 3rd year of studies when I became more interested in NGO and gave some of them a chance. At first I liked the idea that IAAS represented, which is to share knowledge and experience globally and support new friendships, and as I got more and more involved into it I became very attached to it. I saw exacly how much it has to offer and as I met incredibly interesting people from all around the world I knew that we all need to do as much as we can spread the awareness that something like this exists and to encourage people to join us.
Marion Pitz, Regional Exchange Coordinator of Central Europe
Message: Hello FamilIAAS,
I am Marion from Germany, where I study Agriculture with specialization in Molecular Crop Sciences in. At the very beginning of my studies in 2013 I joined IAAS Bonn and it was one of the best decisions I made. I learned a lot, made new friends and had much fun abroad as well as in Bonn.
Since about two years I am working for our Exchange Program. We faced many problems at the beginning, but at the end we had both outgoing and incoming Exchange students. I hope the experience from being ExCo can help me to help the other ExPro teams of the region. Please don’t hesitate. Contact me and we will try together.
Experience, Fun and great People is what IAAS means to me. The things we learn and see from the exchange can change how we see the world.
Juli Purnomo, Regional Exchange Coordinator of Asia-Pacific
Message: Hello IAASers.
I’m Juli Purnomo, Bachelor of Agriculture who studied in Agribusiness Major, Agriculture Faculty, Sebelas Maret University Surakarta, Indonesia. In this four years, I was joined with IAAS in Indonesia and found many great experiences to build agriculture.
Agricultural sectors will find many problems in the future. That is why youth generation really needs to get experiences and empowerment to achieve the glory of agriculture.
Diversity and differences of agriculture sector in each countries made me have spirit to improve my interest to exchange knowledges, ideas, and experiences. Regional Exchange Coordinator of IAAS Asia-Pacific has a strength to answer the agricultural problems. I have big motivation to improve exchange system and quality of IAAS to spread many impacts for youths.
IAAS members, especially in Asia-Pacific Region have to be facilitated easily to gain many experiences between exchange of participants or knowledges about agricultural practices and impacts in the future. In addition, it has aims to together with all youths spread the information and positive impacts for optimizing the agricultural potential in each countries. I believe that with great exchange system of IAAS, it will strengthen IAAS role in agriculture sector, and make amazing IAAS in 2020.
Franck-Hervé Aman, Regional Exchange Coordinator of Africa
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Message: Hello FamillIAAS,
I am Franck from IAAS Côte d’Ivoire and studying in the field of Agriculture has been a fulfilled dream. I am currently an M.Sc. student in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. My interest in agricultural sciences started since when I was in primary school. This feeling somewhat is due to my father being a farmer and tirelessly worked hard to fund my studies in the most renowned schools in my country. Also through a mere power of tireless, I have successfully contributed of the establishment of IAAS in Cote d’Ivoire. I participated in various learning activities in my region and this have relatively exposed me to extensive knowledge of global issues related to agriculture. In my career, I hope to not only work to avoid future financial collapses, but also to empower youth towards agricultural development to achieve food security especially in Africa.