Board of Directors
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Board of Directors

IAP2 Federation is governed by a representative, nine-member Board of Directors.  The Board is appointed by the national Affiliates; officers are elected by the Board.



Kylie Cochrane

Presiding Member

IAP2 Australasia

Kylie is an industry influencer with more than 25 years' experience in community and stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and issues management. She is passionate about engagement and committed to promoting the professionalism of engagement practice. She loves working on challenging engagement projects and brings direct proven understanding and experience on key infrastructure projects with significant community outrage. Kylie also brings vast experience in the resources, energy, and community development sectors.

Kylie is the international chair of the  International Association of Public Participation Australasia (IAP2), and an Australasian IAP2 board member. She held former positions as an Institute of Public Administration Australia board member and the engagement representative on the NSW Government Independent Water Advisory Panel.

Kylie is a partner and the Global Lead of Communication and Stakeholder Engagement for engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon.



Jay Vincent

Deputy Presiding Member


Jay Vincent is a Stakeholder Engagement Strategist & Outreach Consultant who advises organizations, governments and businesses on effectively engaging the public and their stakeholders in a world transforming from enhanced connectivity. His core expertise is developing online and offline stakeholder engagements programs for businesses and organizations who must convert key organizational and external stakeholders into meaningful and persuasive advocates. More than anything, he is an Outreach Expert.

Today, he leads at the intersection of business; government and technology, helping clients develop business solutions and processes that help navigate the challenges posed by a more active public and emerging trends in public participation, corporate social responsibility programming and stakeholder engagement.

Jay is a member of the Board of Governors for the 100 Club of Chicago which provides immediate financial support and ongoing educational support for the immediate family members of first responders killed in the line of duty in Cook and Lake Counties. He is a lifetime member and alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders having served abroad on several short missions. He is also a member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) working to build a modernized system for engaging the public.

Jay is a graduate of Marquette University and the Les Aspin Center for Government Studies. He holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, which awarded Jay, the Recent Alumnus Service Award for his work in creating Notre Dame's Conversations on Leadership and Ethics program which is a first of its kind approach to ongoing continuing professional ethics education for business leaders.



John PoyntonJohn Poynton



With 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and public education administration, John consults in matters of civic engagement, strategic communications, and organizational change. John earned a B.A. in history at the University of Loyola, Chicago, and a Ph.D. in organizational development at Colorado State University. He currently serves on the USA and Federation boards of the International Association for Public Participation and conducts post-doctoral research in leadership training programs and civic engagement.



Aldi Muhammad Alizar


IAP2 Indonesia

Aldi has 19 years of professional experience in various fields of sustainable development. He has worked with international development organizations, such as UNDP, national and international consulting firms, such as Townland, Golder Associaties and ERM, and is currently with Medco Energi Internasional, a multi-national energy company from Indonesia. From 2010 to 2013, he led over 10 core multi-talented and skilled teams in managing a broad range of projects up to 2 million USD. And in 2013, he developed a new Integrated Social & Environmental Sustainability division, where he led the integration of (E&S) performance standards to comply with the equator principles (EP) 3rd version & IFC Performance Standards (PS) 2012 for two major Gas Development Projects.

Aldi's passion in public participation began with his work with UNDP in 1999-2004. In 2005, he won the World Bank Indonesia award for Development Marketplace in the "Corporate-Community-Village government" engagement category for a rural development program in East Kalimantan which used a multi-stakeholder engagement model.

He has published several articles and technical papers released for national and international media and conferences, such as at the 32nd and 33rd Annual Conference of Indonesia Petroleum Association (IPA) and the International Association for Public Participation. In 2011, Aldi led the development of the IAP2 Affiliate in Indonesia.



Mandi Davidson

IAP2 Australasia

Mandi is a Senior Executive with RPS, an international consultancy providing world-class, local solutions in energy, mining, infrastructure, urban growth and natural resource management. For the past 10 years, Mandi has led communications and community and stakeholder engagement for complex urban renewal, water and transport projects for the State Government in Victoria. Mandi holds a Masters in Commercial Law and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and has worked with government and not-for-profit boards. She is interested in advancing the professionalism of engagement and the profile of IAP2 internationally.



Bruce Gilbert Bruce Gilbert

IAP2 Canada

Dr. Bruce Gilbert is an experienced professional with a reputation for high-quality and innovative work. Over the past three decades, Bruce has worked within and across numerous non-profit, government, business, labour, and academic agencies and organizations on matters of a community engagement, public participation, and/or collaboration nature. His lifelong commitment to democracy, justice, social change, community capacity-building, and environmental sustainability have produced concrete results in many communities across Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada, and internationally. In addition to his role on the IAP2 Canada Board (President since 2015), Bruce sits on the IAP2 Federation Board as one of two Canadian representatives. Bruce is also an associate with the UK-based non-profit organization The Partnering Initiative - an entity dedicated to developing high-quality cross-sector partnerships - and is a volunteer policy expert with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada currently supporting a youth-entrepreneurship/green-jobs development project in Nigeria.

Bruce is a Qualified Mediator as designated by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, a Steering Committee member with the Carleton University based Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement initiative, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the NL branch of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Bruce has an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University and a Master of Adult Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University. From 2008-16 Bruce served as a senior executive (Assistant Deputy Minister) with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador where he led the Rural Secretariat, and later the Office of Public Engagement. During this period, Bruce and his team designed, implemented, and evaluated numerous citizen and stakeholder engagement activities and processes related to rural sustainability, health, fisheries, forestry, municipal governance, and other complex matters, to help ensure citizen voices better informed government policy and decision-making. Bruce is currently the Chief of Staff for the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party Caucus.



Antonella Giunta

AIP2 Italy

Antonella has nearly three decades consultancy experiences as Social Researcher (applied social research, social-demographic studies, action-research, qualitative approach with involvement of citizens, opinion leaders and stakeholders) for several Social Research Institutes in Italy and Germany, for public authorities, non profit organizations and the European network Euro*Idees. From 2001 to 2009, also expert on Social Management, Sustainable and Participatory Local Development, has been managing public governance processes of the Observatory for Social Policies of the Province of Pisa and of the Vast Coastal Area in Tuscany for the knowledge and analysis of citizens’ needs to planning health and social policies. She worked with FORMEZ – Training and Studies Institute and the Region Tuscany-Department of the Right to Health and Solidarity Policies, in order to produce Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Policies. She has participated in several European Projects in the field of social inclusion funded by the European Union such as Equal Community Initiative or SAMPLE Project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). She has written several research reports in the fields of socio-economic analysis, social inclusion, needs of young people, elderly people, women, and immigrants in the area of Pisa. Since 2009 she has been engaged as consultant by an Association for Social Promotion, entrusted by 15 Municipalities in Valdera (Tuscany) to work in the field of social housing.

Antonella was active in the 1980s in Peace Movements and Women Movements in Italy; was co-founder and active member of the International Peace Office against Cruise Missiles in Sicily (Italy). She is currently member co-founder of the executive-board of Active Citizens in her country.

Since 2008 she has been working on public deliberative processes on various issues such as Climate Change, Cultural (Biological Testament), Urban and Landscape Planning, in several Electronic Town Meetings in Tuscany planned and managed by Avventura Urbana team. She is a highly experienced facilitator and in E-TM, experienced member of the central team (Theme Team), and experienced in management of focus-group. In 2011 was co-founder of the AIP2 Italy, elected by the members of the Association as member of the National Board, has been nominated Vice President and entrusted to represent the AIP2 Italy on the International IAP2 Board. Antonella has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Philosophy), has been Student Grant Post-Lauream by DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service, at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin–Department of Political Science, has a Master in advances School of Social Welfare and a Master in Social Management and Local Development.



Sarah RivestSarah Rivest

IAP2 Canada

Sarah has worked in communications and community engagement for over 15 years and is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Global Excel Management in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. In her role at Global Excel, Sarah leads a variety of external communications and marketing initiatives. Prior to moving to Quebec’s Eastern Townships with her husband, Sarah worked with the Calgary Stampede, CBC, VANOC and Whistler Blackcomb. Her experience working for VANOC in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games inspired her to learn more about the core values of public participation, and with support from the Calgary Stampede, she completed the IAP2 Certificate program in 2014. Many of the organizations she has worked for have a strong volunteer presence and she wanted to continue giving back as a volunteer with IAP2. Sarah holds a double degree from the University of Calgary in Communications and Canadian Studies. She started as one of the IAP2 Canada deputy board members in 2015 and became an IAP2 Canada director in 2016.



Ken Smith

IAP2 Southern Africa

Ken is Director of KSE-uKhozi and former Chair of IAP2SA (2013). He also held the position of Treasurer from 2011 to 2015. Ken has been involved in various aspects of environmental management since the mid-eighties. He began his career briefly in the agricultural industry after having studied Veld and Pasture Management. He then joined the Amcoal Research and Development Department involved with the rehabilitation of opencast mines, moving on as the Rehabilitation Officer at a large open cast mine. The challenge of a broader and integrated environmental management function led him to join BHP-Billiton. Ken then started out on his own as an independent environmental practitioner, having been registered in 1993 as a Professional Natural Scientist with SACNASP.

Ken became increasingly involved with the public communities with the introduction to the mining industry of the principle of Integrated Environmental Management, and the consequent public participation process.  He is a Life Member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a member of International and South African chapters of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), has been certified as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner and was accepted as a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy in 2011.

IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

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