World Board

Learn about the World Board, a key governing body of WAGGGS

WAGGGS is governed by a World Board made up of active Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting members from around the world.

The World Board consists of 17 voting members: 12 are elected by ballot by all Member Organisations at the World Conference for a term of six years, and the five Chairs of the Regional Committees are elected by ballot at their respective Regional Conferences and serve for three years.

The World Board appoints its own Committees, and ratifies the Regional Committees. It also allocates specific duties to Working Groups, Task Groups, ad hoc groups, and individuals.

The Chair and the Chief Executive are entitled to sit on any of the WAGGGS Committees and groups in an ex-officio capacity.

Meet our World Board

Heidi Jokinen (Finland)

Heidi Jokinen

Chair of the World Board, 2020 - Present

Heidi is a member of the Guides and Scouts of Finland. She joined the World Board in 2016. She continues to be an active member in the Advocacy Team of the South West Finland Guide and Scout District. She has previously held the positions of Chief Commissioner and International Commissioner and served the National Board for eight years.

Heidi is currently on parental leave but has most recently acted as Post-Doctorial Researcher in Philosophy and Ethics; and as Church Minister.

"As a global organisation WAGGGS has excellent chances in enhancing its mission and vision for girls and young women. I find this exciting. Simultaneously WAGGGS makes a platform for its Member Organisations’ diverse needs. This must be remembered when pursuing WAGGGS’ mission globally."

Candela Gonzalez (Argentina)

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Vice Chair of the World Board, July 2021 - Present

Candela is a member of Asociación Guías Argentinas (AGA). Since 2017, she has been serving as a member of the National Board and as Vice President & member of the WAGGGS Governance Committee since 2018. She completed her National Trainer training at AGA and has been a Leader for 8 years.

In a professional capacity, Candela works in the Programmes division at UNICEF Argentina. She holds a bachelor’s degree In International Relations is currently completing a master’s in International Cooperation.

“Guiding has an important role in breaking down social barriers, by telling the stories of girls, and empowering them.

More than ever, Guiding must remain as a relevant space for girls and young women to become fulfilled active citizens who contribute to positive changes in themselves, their communities and the world.”

Jayne Wachira (Kenya)

Jayne Wachira

Vice Chair of the World Board, July 2021 - Present

Jayne is a member of Kenya Girl Guides Association. She previously held the position of Deputy Chief Commissioner and a member of the National Board in various capacities. Between 2011 and 2017 she served as a member of the WAGGGS Finance Committee. She was also Vice-Chair of the World Board from 2017 to 2020.

Jayne is committed to growing the Movement through making increased opportunities available to every girl and young woman, providing support to WAGGGS and to Member Organisations in Governance and supporting increased collaboration throughout the movement towards enabling every girl and young woman to achieve their fullest potential.

“I am passionate about Girl Guiding and the movement of girls that we celebrate, support and mentor. Since joining Guiding 38 years ago I have had many positive experiences and opportunities to mentor as well as be mentored which have influenced the decisions I take in my life and shaped the person that I am. I will use my experience to continue to advance WAGGGS for the benefit of girls and young women."

Tashia Batstone (Canada)

Tashia Batstone

Member of the World Board, 2020 – Present

Tashia has been a member of Girl Guides of Canada for most of her life and joined the World Board in 2017. She has held a number of roles across the organisation, and believes that many of her accomplishments are attributable to the skills she learned as a Girl Guide. Tashia is a Senior Vice President at Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada.

As a Girl Guide volunteer, she has held a range of roles most recently as a Member of the Girls First Steering Committee with Girl Guides of Canada, and as a member of the WAGGGS Finance Committee.

I firmly believe that all girls deserve the opportunity to develop the skills to enable them to become leaders both in their own communities and also on a global stage. As a Girl Guide leader I have had the privilege of seeing how WAGGGS has been instrumental in helping girls grow and develop into confident and resourceful women.

As a member of the WAGGGS Board I hope to share my extensive experience in financial management and governance to ensure WAGGGS continues to operate as a strong and vibrant organisation that supports the ongoing development and growth of girls and women around the world.”

Katerina Agorogianni (Greece)

Katerina Agorogianni

Member of the World Board, 2017 - Present

Katerina is a member of the General Assembly of The Greek Guiding Association, and has previously held the positions of Vice Chair of the National Board and International Commissioner. She is a trainer since 2006 and a WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme facilitator.

Katerina has been the Lead Global Trainer for Free Being Me and the Lead Facilitator for Voices against Violence and is a firm believer in the transformational power of non-formal educational programmes. She has seen the positive impact of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting method on girls and boys around the world. Her aim is to support more young people to find their greatness and become the most amazing adults of the future!

Katerina currently works for a multinational telecommunications company as the Learning and Development Supervisor, responsible for empowering more than 4000 employees with the leadership skills that will influence their career growth and help them become admired leaders.

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting was created by advocates, by revolutionaries and my vision is to continue the effort to create a world equal for all, a world where everyone can be themselves.

Normala Baharudin (Malaysia)

Normala Baharudin

Member of the World Board, 2017 – Present

Mala is the former Director of Education Malaysia Ho Chi Min City and now serves in Ministry of Education, Malaysia. She has been the Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia since 2013. She has previously been Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region Committee, International Commissioner of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia and Chaired the Committee for Girl Guides Association of Malaysia’s Centenary Celebrations in 2016.

Mala’s passion for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting was strengthened when she first attended a World Conference in 2002, where she gained a deeper insight into the power of our global Movement, as a platform for girls and young women to become responsible citizens of the world.

Ntombizine Madyibi (South Africa)

Ntombizine Madyibi

Member of the World Board, 2017 – Present

Zine has made volunteering part of her life. She has previously been Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides South Africa and a member of the Africa Region Committee and is presently a Trustee for Eyabantwana for the Children Trust. Professionally, Zine is Chief Executive Officer of Mayibuye Transport Corporation; a public transport provider carrying more than 2 million passengers every year.

Zine has previously made country assessment visits on behalf of WAGGGS for full membership of WAGGGS, and to assess progress on development areas.

Dr. Libya Ahmed Sbia (Libya)

Dr Libya Ahmed Sbia

Arab Region Committee Chair, 2019 - Present

Member of the World Board, 2019 - Present

Through Dr. Sbia’s many years as a Member of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Libya coupled with her qualifications and professional training, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help further develop the Arab Region.

Her priorities are to improve the quality of Guiding and Scouting in the Region through improving the quality of performance rates, connecting the Arab Region with the rest of the Movement and to encourage coordination of activities between associations to promote support and exchanges of experiences.

Bronwyn Hughes (Australia)

Bronwyn Hughes

Asia-Pacific Region Committee Chair, 2020 - Present

Member of the World Board, 2020 - Present

For Bronwyn, whatever she has been able to achieve in life, is because of the things she learned as a guide. She thinks being part of the regional committee is the opportunity to give back to the organisation that has given her so much.

As the youngest member in the current committee, Bronwyn aspires to bring valuable youth perspective and develop youth leadership at all level of member organisations and region encouraging more women to take on more big leadership role.

Bronwyn is currently working at Australian Red Cross where she is responsible for the leadership of strategic initiatives regarding the effective mobilisation of a state volunteer workforce of 4500+ volunteers.

Larissa Esmiralda Byll Cataria (Benin)

Larissa Esmiralda Byll Cataria

Africa Region Committee Chair, 2019 - Present

Member of the World Board, 2019 - Present

A Communication expert with international experience gained while working across various geographies and among multicultural teams, Larissa is one of the co-founders of 3hi Africa, a consultancy firm.

Larissa has a keen interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and the impacts of helping organisations realise their intended goals by changing NGOS environment. She is also passionate about photography and she believes that advancement in women leadership is a powerful resource and body for change in the world. And her daily desire is to affect lives positively by being a change-maker.

For the next three years as Chairperson of the Africa Region Committee, Larissa envisions to work closely with all the Committee Members as well as the Member Organisations, in order to give a better life to all our girls and young women in Africa. She would like to continue to foster a learning environment; while facilitating the development of personal and collective skills within our MOs and within our region in general. And of course, she is keen to take part in the development of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting by increasing the visibility and the impact of our work and of course attract more members and partners for the region.

Cindy-Ann Patricia Alexander (Grenada)

Cindy-Ann Alexander

Western Hemisphere Region Committee Chair, 2019 - Present

Member of the World Board, 2019 - Present

Cindy-Ann is from the Spice Isle of the Caribbean – Grenada. She has been an active member of her national Association – The Girl Guides Association of Grenada for just under thirty (30) years. She is the former Communications Commissioner, and during her tenure as such, she noted the need to reintroduce the Young Leaders programme, after many years of inactivity. As a result, she spearheaded the development of the new programme, which seeks to bridge Ranger Guides and adult Leaders, by providing young women with more options to assist with their personal growth and development within the Movement.

As a member of the Western Hemisphere Region Committee since 2016, and now Chair, Cindy-Ann is extremely eager and enthusiastic to continue working with Member Organizations to support the growth of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across a myriad of diverse communities in the region. She wants to highlight that as much as we are all different, with distinctive languages, cultures and backgrounds, we are one, united as a Movement. This is the basis for the holistic development for girls and young women thereby enabling and empowering them to become more effective and efficient leaders for not just their communities and countries, but for the world as a whole.

Cindy-Ann holds a MSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science and Meteorology, which compliments her love of nature and the outdoors. She has a deep love and respect for technology and is a big advocate for girls in STEM. By day, Cindy-Ann is an Educational Technology Specialist at St. George’s University, where she supports professors to use technology for enhanced teaching and learning experiences which are both enriching and engaging.

She is a dog-lover, who has a thirst for knowledge, which is fostered by her being an avid reader of all genres.

Eline Marie Grøholt (Norway)

Eline Marie Grøholt

Europe Regional Committee Chair, 2019 - Present

Member of the World Board, 2019 - Present

Eline is from Norway, and has been international commissioner and a volunteer for the region before being elected to Europe Committee last triennium. One of the best things about serving in the Europe Committee for her is the opportunity to work with so many inspiring women and men supporting WAGGGS’ mission from different countries.

Working with the volunteers and supporting them through leadership development gives her lots of positive energy. She sees the region as a driver and facilitator of opportunities for MOs’ exchange of ideas and learning from each other, and in supporting capacity development in the MOs. She believes we should continue to improve WAGGGS’ delivery to the MOs, so we can demonstrate the value of belonging to a large international movement of girls and young women.

She wants to bring her perspectives and knowledge of the Europe region. Her role is to bring the Europe Committee together as a team so that they can deliver the best they can to the Member Organisations in order to advance our common goal.

Jess Bond (UK)

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Member of the World Board, July 2021 - Present

Jess is a member of Girlguiding UK and was elected to the World Board in July 2021. She has held various roles in her association, including as Brownie and Ranger leader, Trainer, Marketing & Communications adviser, National Council member and National Lead volunteer for youth programmes.

Since attending a seminar at Our Cabana in 2010, Jess has been privileged to hold many roles in WAGGGS. In the Europe region, she was a member of the Core Group for Mentoring & Growth from 2013-16, a Facilitator at the 2016 Regional Conference and a member of several procedural teams for regional conferences and meetings. Most recently, she delivered virtual inductions throughout 2020 & 2021 to new global volunteers, as a member of the WAGGGS Core Mission Volunteer Engagement team.

In her professional life, Jess is a Senior Manager at the London School of Economics and Political Science, leading a team of staff to widen participation to the university for talented students from all backgrounds.

"I’ve seen first-hand the transformative impact of WAGGGS’ educational method - from girls in my local groups taking action in their local community to young women leaders advocating on a global stage. It is the chance to contribute to growing our membership and ensuring the long-term sustainability of WAGGGS which motivated me to stand for election, at a time when I believe our mission is more important than ever".

Chamathya Fernando (Sri Lanka)

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Member of the World Board, July 2021 – Present

Chamathya is a member of Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) and began her Girl Guiding journey at the age of 8. At the age of just 25, Chamathya served on the World Board from September 2018 to July 2020. Once again, she is joining as the youngest member of the current World Board at 28 years old.

Previously, Chamathya was Coordinator of the Stop The Violence Campaign and Global Facilitator/Trainer for the Voices Against Violence non-formal educational curriculum. She was also the Volunteer Project Lead for Motion 32 - Young Women in Governance Research.

Chamathya is a passionate gender equality advocate with 9 years of experience in policy and advocacy work, a journey that started as a WAGGGS Youth Delegate in 2012/13. Recently, she was a member of The Core Group, the key decision-making body for the United Nations Generation Equality Forum which raised 40 billion USD to accelerate progress on gender equality.

In a professional capacity, Chamathya works on standardisation & digitalisation projects in the Marketing division of a global corporation. She is double degree holder in BSc. International Business Management and BA. Economics & Sociology. In 2017, Chamathya was recognised by the US State Department as one of the 10 Global Emerging Young Leaders for her work on empowering girls & young women and advancing gender equality.

Fiona Bradley (New Zealand)


Member of the World Board, July 2021 – Present

Fiona is a member of GirlGuiding New Zealand. She has been involved in the Movement at many levels since the age of 5 and was a member of the National Board from 2011-2018.

Fiona has supported the WAGGGS Global Team in various ways: as Vice Chair of the WAGGGS Governance Committee 2018-2020, moving into the Chair role in December 2020, and as the Capacity Building Governance Team Lead since 2019. Previously, Fiona was a Stop the Violence (STV) Facilitator and Voices Against Violence Curriculum Lead.

Fiona has held a range of Board, Committee, and Trustee positions in her community and within her profession as a Pharmacist. She was co-opted as the first Early Career Pharmacist to the National Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.

Currently a Ranger leader for girls aged 12-17 years in GirlGuiding New Zealand, Fiona is passionate about seeing them take on leadership opportunities. She enjoys taking them into the outdoors for camping, cooking, and hiking.

"I want to see all girls feel empowered and have access to opportunities to grow and develop their leadership skills and, through this, impact their communities."

Debra Nakatomi (USA)

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Member of the World Board, July 2021 - Present

Debra Nakatomi is a lifelong Girl Scout and advocate for gender equity. She served on the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board for 12 years, Board Secretary and 6 years as International Commissioner and Chair of the GSUSA WAGGGS Task Force working to increase capacity and resources. She has served WAGGGS and the Western Hemisphere as a Delegate, on the Diversity Committee and Chair of a WAGGGS and GSUSA Global Roundtable.

Debra leads a firm she founded dedicated to promoting equity & inclusion and advancing social change. She consults with organizations on growth and building resilience toward a sustainable future and is an advisor to CEOs on issues and crisis management. She is dedicated to expanding philanthropy and promoting health and is Trustee and former Chair of The California Wellness Foundation and Advisory Council to Peace Over Violence, dedicated to building healthy relationships free from violence. She is former Chair of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation and the Asian Pacific Women’s Leadership Institute.

“This is such a critical moment for our movement, and our world. The pandemic has reminded us of our interdependence — in our families, communities, and our global sisterhood.”

Christiane Rouhana (Lebanon)

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Member of the World Board, July 2021 - Present

Christiane never misses a chance to speak about Girl Guiding and Scouting and how much being in the Movement has brought to her life and to herself.

During her 25 years as a volunteer in her National MO, Association des Guides du Liban, Christiane has held a range of leadership roles, most recently as the International Commissioner for 8 years and served the National Board for more than 10. She has had the chance to work at different levels and with all age groups. Her favourite experiences are time spent with members in their groups and units: training, facilitating, playing, speaking and listening. Hence, Christiane’s personal motto is #HereForHer, where she expresses her eagerness to do her part for every girl and woman in the world.

Christiane earned her master’s degree in Clinical and Pathological Psychology in 2005. Since then, she has dedicated herself to providing every stakeholder in a child’s life - parents, educators and children themselves - the tools and knowledge necessary to keep children and families safe and well. She is also a Positive Discipline Instructor for parents and teachers.

In addition to her passion for the Movement, Christiane is an animal lover, avid reader and writer; she enjoys music and traveling, has a deep interest in languages and cultures and cherishes her international friends!

“Any woman, young woman or girl has the potential to be strong, independent and empowered; she can be whatever she wants to be and achieve big things for her and for the world. We need to make sure the world knows that.”

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