IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
January 24th, 2014

Mario Lubetkin, the Director General (DG), is leaving his position with IPS at the end of January 2014 to take up the role of Director of Communication at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. A search and selection process for a replacement of Mr. Lubetkin has been underway since the end of November 2013 when Mr. Lubetkin announced his resignation and the vacancy was publicized. Applications were received through December 2013 and interviews with short-listed candidates are being held in January 2014. This selection process is nearing its conclusion, with an announcement of the new DG expected soon.

During the transition period until the new DG assumes his/her responsibilities within the next weeks or months, Ambassador Walther Lichem, Vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of IPS, will head the organisation. The Ambassador is a distinguished diplomat who has been active for more than four decades in global governance processes. He has been a member of the Board of IPS for more than 20 years including a period as Chair. Read more about Ambassador Lichem on

Ambassador Lichem will count on the global management of IPS to continue to manage the day-to-day activities of the organisation. He will be supported during the transition by the other members of the Executive Committee and the Board, and by the Chair, President Al Nasser. Ambassador Lichem will continue to be based in Vienna, Austria, but can be contacted through the IPS Rome office and the email.

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