IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
International Board of Trustees

A group of prominent international personalities, sensitive to today’s disturbing world trends, deemed it important to support the IPS project, sharing their experience to help this news agency better achieve its mission, functions and objectives.


Roberto Savio (Chairman, President Emeritus)

An internationally renowned expert in communications issues, Roberto Savio has founded numerous news and information projects, always with an emphasis on the developing world: Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, the pioneering Technological Information Pilot System (TIPS), the network of national information systems for Latin America and the Caribbean (ASIN), the Latin American features service ALASEI and the Women’s Feature Service. He is now IPS President Emeritus.


Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari served as president of the Republic of Finland from Mar. 1, 1994 to Feb. 29, 2000. Upon leaving office, Mr. Ahtisaari took on the co-chairmanship of the New York-based EastWest Institute and the chairmanship of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. He is a member of the joint advisers’ group for the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations, which operates in various countries. He also serves as chairman of the Balkan Children and Youth Foundation and Global Action Council of the International Youth Foundation, as well as of the international board of the War-Torn Societies Project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Other post-presidential activities have included inspection of the IRA’s arms dumps with fellow inspector Cyril Ramaphosa, and the drafting of a report on the human rights and political situation in Austria as a member of a group of “three wise men”.


Mr. Toshiki Kaifu

Mr. Toshiki Kaifu , 76th and 77th Prime Minister of Japan from August 1989 to November 1991. Honorary Chairman of The Japanese Parliamentary Group on Global Poverty Eradication and Development Awareness, and EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee. Chairman of the Japan – Germany and Japan – Austria Parliamentry Friendship Association


Mario Soares

Mario Soares, lawyer, historian and politician – president of Portugal from 1986 to 1996 – was born in Lisbon on Dec. 7, 1924. He married Maria Barroso in 1949, has a daughter, a son and 3 grandchildren.

He graduated in Historical-Philosophical Sciences in 1951 and in Law in 1957 at Lisbon University. He taught at a private secondary school and was director of the Colégio Moderno, in Lisbon. He practised law for some years and during his exile in France he was “Chargé de Cours” at Vincennes University and at the Sorbonne. He was associate professor at the Faculty of Arts of Haute Bretagne (Rennes). More recently, he was guest professor in International Relations at the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra.


Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Federico Mayor Zaragoza was born in Barcelona in 1934. He obtained a doctorate in pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1958. In 1963 he became professor of biochemistry at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Granada, and in 1968 was elected Rector of the same university, a post he held until 1972. The following year he was appointed professor in biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.


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