Assigning, Controlling and Coordinating Responsibilities

The Organizational Structure of WAITRO

The General Assembly

All WAITRO member organizations are represented in the General Assembly. Representatives of member RTOs meet every two years in this unique forum to discuss the future of the Association and work together on new collaboration forms to create lasting ties between the members. The General Assembly is responsible for the review and approval of the programs, budget, reports, and the adaption of amendments to the constitution. Furthermore, the General Assembly elects the the Executive Board. In 2020, WAITRO members will meet in South Africa for the biannual General Assembly.

The Executive Board

The WAITRO Executive Board constitutes the President, two Vice-Presidents, and five Regional Representatives from Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years, board members are serving WAITRO voluntary to guide the Association’s activities. Executive Board Meetings are organized by the Secretariat twice a year. During those meetings, Executive Board members approve the financial statements and endorse the work programs and budget plans for the upcoming period. In November 2019, the WAITRO Executive Board will meet again in Botswana.

The Secretariat

The WAITRO Secretariat coordinates and manages the activities and services of the Association. In 2018, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was appointed to host the WAITRO Secretariat, after it had successfully been hosted at SIRIM Berhad in Malaysia for 16 years. Under the leadership of the new Secretary-General, Dr Eckart Bierdümpel, two WAITRO Offices in Europe and Asia are in charge of the day-to-day business of the Association. The new Secretary-General of WAITRO and his staff in Germany and China are committed to leading the Association through the next chapter and lifting WAITRO to the next level.

WAITRO Office Germany

The WAITRO Office Germany is located in Sankt Augustin at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

WAITRO Office China

The WAITRO Office China is located in Nanjing at the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI).