World Board and Committees

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

WAGGGS is governed by a World Board made up of 17 active Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting members from around the world.

At the World Conferences, all Member Organisations democratically elect 12 World Board Members and the five Regional Chairs are elected by each Region at their Regional Conferences held every 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, the Vice Chairs 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

Ana Maria Mideros (Peru) Ana Maria Mideros (Peru)  - World Board

Chair, WAGGGS World Board
World Board member, 2014 - present

During the last triennium Ana María has served as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee, member of the Constitutions Sub-group, member of the Membership Services Working Group and, since August 2016, as Chair of the Membership Growth Working Group.  Ana Maria is committed to the Growth of the Movement working with potential MOs to join WAGGGS and to provide MOs an increased service value, setting strategic direction and working towards providing a tailored service offer and support, identifying innovative delivery models to increase reach along with strengthening WAGGGS governance and providing MOs with good governance practices.

"A strategic World Board needs to be daring, to be innovative to create value, to be a good listener and continuously reflect how we offer our MOs meaningful services and tools in an effective and efficient way.  My aim is that more and more girls and young women all over the world live an amazing girl guiding and girl scouting experience and leadership journey, and are thrilled to lead and change their world."


Connie Matsui (USA) 2015_Connie Matsui_World Board

Vice Chair, World Board, 2014-Present

Connie is honored to serve her second term as a Vice Chair of the World Board. As chair of last triennium’s Strategy & Planning Committee, she is looking forward to the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan’s empowerment of our leaders, Member Organisations, partners and the WAGGGS Global Team to fulfil even more of the potential of millions of girls and young women worldwide. 

She brings valuable experience and connections to her role, including prior service on the boards of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the Olave Baden-Powell Society as well as current service on philanthropic and corporate boards.

"Since I attended my first World Conference in Tarrytown, New York, I have been awed and humbled by the life changing work of the World Association’s member organizations and the extraordinary women and girls I’ve met through Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.  This pivotal experience in 1984 inspired me to accept positions of increasing responsibility within Girl Scouts of the USA as well as to serve the World Association in various volunteer positions over the past ten years.’" Connie Matsui


Jayne Wachira (Kenya)

Jayne WachiraVice Chair, 2017 – 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.

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 BatstoneTreasurer and Member of the World Board, 2017 – Present

Tashia has been a member of Girl Guides of Canada for most of her life. 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.”


Chamathya Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Member of the World Board 2018 - Present

Chamathya FernandoChamathya joined the Sri Lankan girl guides when she was eight. Since then she has contributed greatly to the Movement. From running a Stop the Violence campaign in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, to addressing the United Nations in New York, Chamathya has shown herself to be an outstanding ambassador for girl guiding and girl scouting. The US State Department recently named her as one of the top ten young leaders globally. By appointing someone below the age of 30, the board hopes to identify the barriers young women face in participating in governance and decision-making across the Movement. Chamathya’s experience in advocacy, fundraising, social media communication, diversity and inclusiveness  will complement those of the other World Board members.  

"Girl Guiding helped me become the person I am today- confident, courageous and compassionate. I have been involved in Girl Guiding for the past 17 years and the experiences and exposure I have had not only helped me to grow as a person but also taught me how important it is to share my knowledge and skills with other girls and young women, so they too are empowered to take leadership. This opportunity would enable me to serve the worldwide movement for girls and young women."



Katerina Agorogianni (Greece)

Katerina AgorogianniMember 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 BaharudinMember of the World Board, 2017 – Present

Mala has just finished her term as the Director of Education Malaysia Ho Chi Min City and is now back serving 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.


Natasha Hendrick (Australia)Natasha - 2016

Member of the World Board, 2014-Present

Natasha is a member of the Girl Guides Australia, and has previously held the positions of Assistant Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Australian Management Team.  She was a Vice Chair of the World Board through the 2015-2017 Triennium.

Natasha has been an energetic driver behind the introduction of the WAGGGS Value Proposition, and is a passionate supporter of the new Leadership Offer and the updated Organisational Capacity Building framework.  Natasha is also engaged in the improvement of volunteer management practices at WAGGGS, and the strategic integration of governance responsibilities at regional and world levels.

Natasha currently works for an Australian energy company as the Chief Geophysicist, responsible for leading corporate geophysical services and supporting development of company-wide technical capability and innovation.

“I am a scientist, volunteer, adventurer, mentor, and advocate for women in leadership… and being a Girl Guide has positively influenced every aspect of my life.  I am committed to helping WAGGGS achieve its mission so that girls and young women can share in the incredible experiences of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.”


Heidi Jokinen (Finland) 

Heidi JokinenWorld Board member, 2016 - present

Heidi is a member of the Guides and Scouts of Finland. She continues to be an active member in the Advocay 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 Organizations’ diverse needs.  This must be remembered when pursuing WAGGGS’ mission globally.'  Heidi Jokinen


Nadine Kaze (Burundi)

Nadine KazeWorld Board member, 2014 - present

Nadine is currently a member of the Guide Association of Burundi. She currently acts as their local advisor, and previously held positions of the National Commissioner, International and Public Relations National Commissioner.

‘I would like to bring my academic and professional experience to contribute to the development of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in the areas of administration, leadership and advocacy.’  Nadine Kaze



Ntombizine Madyibi (South Africa)

Ntombizine MadyibiMember 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. 


Haifa Ourir (Tunisia) 

Haifa OurirWorld Board member, 2014 - present

Haifa is currently an honorary member of the national council of Les Scouts Tunisiens. She was previously Deputy Chief Commissioner, International Commissioner, member of the National Board for 10 years, and is a trainer since 2004. She has always been passionate about girls and young women’s involvement in decision making.

She works as a Director in an IT company, managing teams working on financial solutions. 

‘I would like to make our World Association a place that not only uses the voices of its ten million members to advocate for causes that are important to all of us as citizens of the world, but also, that allows some more noise in those ten million voices and more action and initiative on a local level.’  Haifa Ourir


Raeda Bader (Jordan) 

Raeda - Arab Committee Chair - Jordan - 2016Arab Region Committee Chair, 2016 - present
World Board member, 2016 - present

Raeda is member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Public Relations Committee in her Association. She has participated in delivering many camps, training seminars and conferences at both national and regional levels. She has also been involved with many NGOs in Jordan. Raeda has been a member of the Arab Regional Committee since 2013.

Professionally, she is the Head of Girl Guides Department in the Ministry of Education.

As chair of the Arab Region, Raeda aims to focus on supporting the Arab Member Organizations to deliver membership growth in line with Vision 2020 and to build their capacity in order to deliver a sustainable Girl Guiding experience that truly reflects the needs and desires of girls and young women in the region and to achieve our mission to enable girls and young women to develop as responsible citizens of the world.


Marybelle Demot Mariñas (Philippines) 

Marybelle MarinasAsia-Pacific Region Committee Chair, 2016 - present
World Board member, 2016 - present

Marybelle is a lawyer and law professor by profession and a Girl Scout by passion and advocacy. She is a long-time volunteer in the Philippines and in her first stint as an AP Committee member has honed her skills to assume what she calls ‘the greatest challenge of my Girl Scouting life: being Chair of the Asia Pacific Region’.

“Together with the members of the Committee, we shall do our best to do what is expected of us by the MOs: carry out the operational plans for the triennium, do partnership visits and implement Regional activities and more.  Taking into consideration the unique culture and diversity of the AP Region, we shall endeavor to allow each girl, young woman and volunteer to experience and benefit from the Girl Scouting/Guiding experience to the end that the WAGGGS vision and mission shall be achieved. Truly, we may not be able to build a future for our girls and young women but we can build our girls and young women for the future.”


Zoe Rasoaniaina (Madagascar) 

Zoe RasoaniainaAfrica Region Committee Chair, 2016 - present
World Board member, 2016 - present

Zoé Rasoaniaina  is a Malagasy woman who plays leadership roles in her professional and community lives. She has been the information officer of the United Nations Information Center Antananarivo since 2005. After graduating from the University of Antananarivo with a Masters Degree in journalism and a diploma in communication and sociolinguistics, she started her career as a journalist for the private TV channel MATV for ten years. 

Zoé became involved in scouting as a youth and later she was elected president of the Mpanazava Eto Madagasikara, a Malagasy Girls Scouts Association. She is one of the young women who have joined the national board and become an International Commissioner.


Joey Rosenberg (USA)

Joey RosenbergWestern Hemisphere Region Committee Chair, 2016 - present
World Board member, 2016 - present 

Joey Rosenberg has been a member of the WAGGGS Western Hemisphere Regional Committee since 2013. With a commitment to inspiring girls and women to achieve their fullest potential and driving sustainable change, Joey has held many other positions in the Movement, and has been a Girl Scout Trainer since 1993. In her professional life, Joey is Global Leadership Director at Women who Code.  


Marjolein Sluijters (Netherlands) 

MarjoleinEurope Regional Committee Chair, 2016 - present
World Board member, 2016 - present

Marjolein is a member of Scouting Nederland where she has been International Commissioner on the National Board.  Professionally, Marjolein is a Child Psychologist, working in a social work field.  Marjolein has said that she has learnt from Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the World, has been energised and excited by our unique global organization and has led wide-ranging projects to extend and improve our work.  She is looking forward to creating more opportunities for our members, giving Guiding and Girl Scouting experiences to more young people and supporting them to grow through the Guiding method.


Approved persons

The approved persons would take over should a member of the World Board be unable to complete their term for any reason. 


Jillian van Turnhout

Jillian van Turnhout2017 - 2020 

Jillian is a member of Irish Girl Guides. Jillian has represented Guiding at European level, she is a former Chief Commissioner and headed up the team who re-imagined and developed a new Programme for girls and young leaders. Jillian currently demonstrates her commitment as a Director of the Trust of the Irish Girl Guides and by her continued active involvement at national and local level. 

Jillian is a former Irish Senator and a leading children's rights advocate.  Jillian completed the INSEAD International Directors Programme and has a Certificate in Corporate Governance. She is currently serving as Vice Chair of European Movement Ireland and Chair of Early Childhood Ireland. She is a former Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance and former President of the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Jillian was a member and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee. Jillian is a co-founder of the European Youth Forum.  Jillian is a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

“Guiding has given me life skills and instilled a value system that keeps me striving for a better, fairer and more inclusive society. As a global movement, I strongly believe we must equip girls and young women, across the world, to achieve their full potential.“


Catherine Irwin

Catherine Irwin2017 - 2020

Catherine Irwin has been a lifetime member of Girlguiding UK and is currently a Guide and Ranger leader, and a member of National Council.  Within her organisation, she has held several senior leadership roles, including being a Commissioner and Regional Trustee.

With a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Business Administration in her professional life, she now holds a global strategic leadership role in a large multi-national manufacturing company with facilities in every region of the world.

Catherine was a member of the WAGGGS Strategy & Planning Committee in the last triennium and utilised her professional skills and collaborative approach in the development of the 2018-2020 strategy.

“Guiding has provided me with many unique experiences that have moulded me into who I am: I have been a team player, leader, follower, learnt new skills and gained the confidence to speak out, all of which have been essential in my chosen careerHaving personally gained so much, I am passionately dedicated to supporting girls and young women to reach their full potential as responsible world citizens”

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