Nominations for the elected positions listed below will be accepted from May 11, 2021 until 11:59pm CDT on August 3, 2021. The term for each of these positions will begin January 1, 2022.

IUGA seeks to have members in leadership positions who represent the geographic and multidisciplinary nature of the association. Members from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are therefore especially encouraged to apply, as well as allied health professionals (non-physician members) from all regions.

Board of Directors

  • Secretary – 2-year term, renewable once

International Advisory Board (IAB)

  • Central & East Asia Representative – 3-year term, non-renewable
    This region includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, People's Republic of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Southern Asia Representative – 3-year term, non-renewable
    This region includes the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Southeastern Asia Representative – 3-year term, non-renewable
    This region includes the following countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • Western Asia – 3-year term, non-renewable
    This region includes the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Committee Chairs

  • Education Committee Chair – 2-year term, renewable once
  • Fellows, Trainees & Early Career Professionals Committee Chair – 2-year term, renewable once
  • Membership Committee Chair – 2-year term, renewable once
  • Public Relations Committee Chair – 2-year term, renewable once
  • Publications Committee Chair - 2-year term, renewable once
  • Research & Development Committee Chair – 2-year term, renewable once 

Nomination Process

As specified in the by-laws, the Nominating Committee will receive all nominations, will review them and will present the proposed nominees at the virtual IUGA Annual Business Meeting in September 2021. Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting. The Nominating Committee may add additional nominees if it is considered by the Committee to be in the best interest of the association.

Nominations may be submitted by any IUGA member in good standing, including the nominee him or herself. A member may be a candidate for only one position. Those making nominations are asked to reflect on the qualifications related to the position for which they are nominating themselves or a candidate. Qualifications for each open position are listed below.

To Self-nominate:

Self-nominees should submit the online Nomination Form, which will include your position statement/statement of interest in the elected position and your relevant experience as well as uploading a CV and photo. You will also need to complete the online Disclosure Form

To Nominate an IUGA Colleague

To nominate a colleague, please email the IUGA Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name of the colleague you are nominating, and the position for which you are nominating them. The IUGA Office will then contact the nominee to 1) confirm they are interested and willing to stand in the election and 2) to request the nominee submit the online nomination form and requested materials.

All nominations must be received by 11:59pm CDT on Monday, August 3, 2021.

Qualifications for Open Positions

Secretary

  • Minimum active membership in IUGA: 5 years
  • Previous contribution to IUGA (i.e., hosting or organizing an Annual Meeting, Regional Symposium, or eXchange) AND/OR previous participation as a committee chair or member of the International Advisory Board
  • Attended IUGA Annual Meeting in 3 of the past 5 years
  • The duties of secretary are to:
    • See that records of the proceedings of the Association are kept and that the Association’s by-laws are current
    • Be the primary contact with the office in planning and organization of the Annual Meetings

International Advisory Board Representatives

  • Minimum active membership in IUGA: 5 years
  • Be a resident in the region to be represented
  • Demonstrated commitment to IUGA and evidence of leadership/involvement in the development of urogynecology in the region
  • Attended IUGA Annual Meeting in 3 of past 5 years
  • The duties of IAB members are to:
    • Meet with and counsel the Board of Directors
    • Serve as a member of the IUGA Membership Committee
    • Initiate symposia and other educational activities in their respective home region

Committee Chairs

  • Minimum active membership in IUGA: 5 years
  • Active member of committee with significant contribution (i.e., subcommittee chair, working group/project chair)
  • Attended IUGA Annual Meeting in 2 of past 3 years
  • The duties of the committee chairs are to guide the work of their committee so that it achieves its mandate and achieves its stated annual objectives

Timeline

May 11 – August 3, 2021

Nominations Accepted

September 2021

Candidates Announced at Virtual Annual Meeting

Nominations Taken from the Floor

October 1-28, 2021

Online Voting

November 2021

Election Results Announced

 If one candidate for a particular position does not receive a majority (over 50%) of the vote, a run-off election will be conducted November 8 – December 2, with the results announced the second week of December.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is comprised of the president, immediate past president, two elected members, and one member appointed by the president. The current members of the Nominating Committee are:

  • Ranee Thakar, Chair (Immediate Past President)
  • Jorge Haddad (President)
  • Olanrewaju Sorinola (Member-at-Large)
  • Catherine Matthews (Member-at-Large)
  • Roy Ng (Appointed)