Join the GlobalSkin Board of Directors - 2019 Election

You can help build a better future for dermatology patients around the world! We are now accepting applications from representatives of our full-member organizations, who are interested in being part of the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations also known as GlobalSkin.

As a result of our special members’ vote at the GlobalSkin 2019 Conference in Milan, the GlobalSkin Board of Directors is expanding from 6 to 9 Director positions (please note that members approved an increase of up to 11 seats in total for when the Board decides this is necessary). With two of our existing Board Directors’ terms coming to an end, plus the three new seats, five vacant positions will be up to be filled by election this fall.


The role of GlobalSkin’s Board of Directors is to help advance the development of the organization and the GlobalSkin movement. The Board provides strategic direction and oversight as IADPO works to improve the lives of those affected by dermatological disorders around the world through research, advocacy and support. The Board plays a key role in building a stronger voice for skin patients through initiatives such as GlobalSkin’s biennial conference for patient leaders, the Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project, as well as chairing or participating in global meetings and working groups.

Board Directors are elected by members for a three-year term and may serve up to a maximum of five consecutive terms (assuming they are re-elected following the conclusion of each term).


GlobalSkin is committed to representing skin patients worldwide by promoting diversity on our board. We do this by allowing no more than two members from any world region and disease area. For our 2019 fall election, we are seeking five board directors who:

  • Represent one of our full member organizations that supports skin patients.
  • Demonstrate a passion for representing skin patients and/or skin patient groups.
  • Understand a Board’s role of overseeing the work of the IADPO team and setting strategic objectives.
  • Have previous experience sitting on or working with a Board of Directors, including a solid understanding of board governance.
  • Have a good understanding of GlobalSkin and its mission through direct experience participating in our events and/or initiatives.


  • You will gain expertise as a board member in a global organization
  • You will develop new skills and experience, as well as insights into global issues that can affect the patients you serve nationally
  • You will participate in international events and meetings
  • You and your organization will make connections with patient leaders and other dermatology stakeholders in other countries
  • You will help raise the profile and reputation of your organization.


All Board members should adhere to these general duties and responsibilities:

  • Understand and demonstrate a commitment to the IADPO mission and programs.
  • Keep up to date with issues and trends that affect the Alliance.
  • Attend quarterly meetings via web conferencing.
  • Prepare for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, reports and other required meeting documentation and by participating actively in meetings and committee work.
  • Make inquiries when clarification or more information is needed.
  • Understand and monitor the organization’s financial affairs.
  • Avoid / declare any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ensure IADPO is complying with all legal and regulatory requirements.


We foster diversity on our Board with no more than two members from any region and disease area. For 2019, we are seeking five new board members with the open number of board seats by geographic region and skin disease area shown in the tables below:

Current Board Regions image

View/Download the attached chart for a listing of countries for each region.  

*Note: These regions mirror the regions of the World Health Organization

The election process begins in July and concludes in October; it proceeds as follows:



To express your interest or to nominate a candidate for GlobalSkin’s Board of Directors, complete and send the Director Application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view noon (12:00 PM) ET on September 9th, 2019.

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