Vision, Mission & Priorities


Start: 2013-08-31, Publication: 2013-10-22


Facilitation is a profession rapidly taking its unique place alongside those of consulting and training. The International Association of Facilitators was formed by a group of professionals desiring an avenue for interchange, professional development, trend analysis and peer networking. A formal association was proposed and adopted at a networking conference in Alexandria, Virginia, in January, 1994. More than 70 people signed on as charter members. Since then the IAF has grown to... over 1200 members in more than 63 countries. Our members work in government, nonprofit, educational, community, and corporate environments and hold positions as consultants, teachers, in-house facilitators, negotiators, organizational specialists, coaches, and more.

As a participatory organization, the work of the IAF is reliant on volunteer leadership and the contributions of its members. The IAF encourages and supports the formation of local groups of facilitators to network and provide professional development opportunities for their members. Regional groups from around the world are invited to become affiliated with the IAF to help promote the profession of facilitation as a critical set of skills in the global society of the 21st century.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:International Association of Facilitators


The IAF is a professional association that sets internationally accepted industry standards, provides accreditation, supports a community of practice, advocates and educates on the power of facilitation and embraces the diversity of facilitators and methods of facilitation around the world.


  • IAF 2013-2014 Board of Directors

  • Kimberly BainChair

  • Simon WilsonVice Chair

  • Daphne CantTreasurer

  • VacantSecretary

  • Bill ReidCommunications & Publications

  • Carol SherriffGlobal Conferences

  • Cleopas ChiketaMembership

  • Sheryl SmailProfessional Development

  • VacantMarketing & Partnerships

  • IAF Regional Directors

  • Solly ManyakaRegional Director - Africa

  • Jackie ChangRegional Director - Asia

  • Nelli NoakesRegional Director - Australia/New Zealand

  • Taralee HammondRegional Director - Canada

  • Martin FarrellRegional Director - Europe, Middle East and North Africa

  • Beatrice BriggsRegional Director - Latin American/Carribbean

  • Cynthia PaceRegional Director - United States