Affiliate Leader

The Affiliate Leader serves as the representative to the IEC governing bodies on behalf of affiliate countries

Role of the Affiliate Leader

The Affiliate Leader is nominated by the IEC Secretary-General & CEO to act as the representative on behalf of the affiliate countries and liaise with the IEC governing bodies. The Affiliate Leader is selected based upon personal qualities and not country of origin.
The Affiliate secretariat supports the Affiliate Leader with the following:

  • Identify issues relevant to developing and newly industrialized countries;
  • Develop a common position for affiliate countries and communicate this position to the relevant IEC management or technical committees;
  • Prepare and lead the exchange between the Affiliate Leader, the IEC Affiliate secretariat and the affiliate countries, as necessary.

Affiliate Leader's reports

During IEC General Meetings, the Affiliate Leader oversees the Affiliate NEC Officers and Heads of Delegations at the IEC General Assembly Statutory Session and represents affiliate countries at the Standardization Management Board (SMB) and the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) meetings. Each year, the Affiliate Leader submits a report about the IEC Affiliate Country Programme to CAB.

The Affiliate Leader's reports are available in the Resources section.

Current leader

Battsengel Gurragchaa

As of 1 January 2021, Ms Battsengel Gurragchaa is the Affiliate Leader.

Battsengel Gurragchaa is the former Head of the Standardization and Conformity Assessment Policy Department at the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology. She holds a Master of Technical Science from the Technical University of Telecommunication in Moscow, Russia and a Master in Business Administration from the Management Academy of the Mongolian government in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is also a National Registered Consulting Engineer on the designing of telecommunication network and fire detection system.

Former leaders

Rojas Manyame (2017 – 2020)

Rojas Manyame

Rojas Manyame is General Manager of Regulation at the Electricity Control Board (ECB) of Namibia. He is also 1st Vice President of AFSEC and President of the Namibian National Electrotechnical Committee. He holds a BSc (Honours) Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). He is also a certified regulatory specialist.

Rosario Uría (2015 – 2017)

Rosario Uria

Rosario Uría is the Director of Standardization at Instituto Nacional de Calidad (INACAL) in Peru. She is a microbiologist by training, with a Master’s in Environmental Engineering, and many years of experience and practical knowledge in the implementation of standards in the industry, particularly for quality management standards in several sectors of industry Since December 2017, she is Secretary of the IEC National Committee of Peru.

Phuntsho Wangdi (2011 – 2014)

Phuntsho Wangdi

Phuntsho Wangdi has been the Director of the Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) since 2010. Previously, he served as Director at the Standards & Quality Control Authority (SQCA) in the Ministry of Works & Human Settlement of Bhutan. Since leading the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, Phuntsho Wangdi continues to support the programme in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Carlos Rodríguez (2006 – 2011)

Carlos Rodríguez

Carlos Rodríguez was the Executive Director of the Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica (INTECO) from 1996 until 2013. After serving as Affiliate Leader for years, Carlos Rodriguez was Coordinator for the IEC Affiliate Country Programme in Latin America until 2014.

Mesai Girma (2003 – 2006)

Mesai Girma

Mesai Girma served as Director General of the Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia (QSAE). He joined QSAE in 1990 as Head of the Quality Control Division, then became Head of the Quality Assurance Department in 1993 before becoming the Director General of QSAE in April 1995.

Gene Hutchinson (2002 – 2003)

Gene Hutchinson

Gene Hutchinson – the first Affiliate Leader – served as Managing Director of the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), having previously served as Executive Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) for ten years. In addition to his role as Affiliates Leader, Gene Hutchinson was Chairman of the ISO Committee on Developing Country Matters (ISO DEVCO).

More information

Information about the Affiliate Country Programme, its objectives and benefits

The role of the Affiliate Leader and an overview of the Messages and Dialogues to the affiliate community

Affiliate countries benefit from the participation in the IEC standardization process

Affiliate countries are encouraged to take an active role in IEC standardization and conformity assessment activities

Affiliate countries benefit from participating in conformity assessment activities

A number of events provide affiliate countries with the opportunity to meet with experts from all over the world

The documents in this section provide you with the necessary tools for your successful participation in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme

The IEC Affiliate Secretariat is your contact at IEC Secretariat and will help you become familiar with the IEC environment and work