Our Structures and Governing Bodies

The IFERA Board aided by an office management team has the overall responsibility of charting the development of this membership organization and for managing its growing portfolio of research initiatives. To make IFERA efficient internally and flexible externally, in operation there are four sub-committees, directed by board members.  


IFERA Executive Committee

The IFERA Executive Committee manage all IFERA operations and day to day activities following the Board of Directors strategy and guidelines

Th committee is composed by:

Isabel Botero - Treasurer and Board member

Josip Kotlar - Research & Publications Director and Board Member

Torsten Pieper - President and Board Member

Valentina Re - Executive Director

IFERA Sub-Committees

Conference & Events sub-committee

This sub-committee is to develop the IFERA Global Conference Model and to promote other regional & national research workshops for PhD students, scholars, and other participants. The committee's scope includes liaising with other academic bodies for the integration of family business tracks in their conferences and events.

Participating IFERA Board members include

Esra Memili (Director)Rania LABAKI 

Marketing, External Relations and Development Sub-Committee

This sub-committee is to develop the IFERA marketing and membership strategy.

Committee Members:

Carlotta Benedetti - IFERA Content Editor

Valentina Re - Executive Director

Research & Publications Sub-Committee

This sub-committee is to map out a strategy to promote externally sponsored joint research projects; to develop a bank of survey instruments and datasets, and to generally facilitate co-operation. This includes building relationships with publishers and journals for special issues and other initiatives, such as research standards.

Participating IFERA Board members include

Josip Kotlar (Director)

Committee Members:

Unai Arzubiaga

Jasper Brinkerink

Emanuela Rondi


Education & Professional Development Sub-Committee

This sub-committee works on education and professional development initiatives such as Consortiums, dedicated sessions and courses.

Committee Members:

Massimo Bau

Claudia Binz Astrachan (Director)

Anneleen Michiels

Emanuela Rondi

Judith Van Helvert-Beugels


Advisory Sub-Committee

This sub-committee is to monitor conference attendance, evaluate conference perceptions from members and generate new opportunities for engaging and providing value to members.

Participating IFERA Board members include

Rania Labaki (Director) Isabel Botero