At the recent 103rd session of the International Olive Council (23–26 November), the IOC Council of Members decided to appoint Abdellatif Ghedira, of Tunisian nationality, to succeed the current Executive Director Jean-Louis Barjol at the head of the Organisation from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2019.
A graduate in agricultural engineering and water and forestry management, Mr Ghedira also has a post-graduate degree (DEA) in geography. Born in Monastir, the 53-year-old is married with a family of two and is currently employed as the President and CEO of Tunisia’s Olive Oil Board. He is a former chef de cabinet of the Tunisian agriculture minister and has represented his country as the head of the Tunisian delegation at IOC sessions.
Until 30 April 2016, Mr Ghedira will be assisted by the current Deputy Director, Ammar Assabah, and then by two new Deputy Directors who will be appointed at the 25th extraordinary session of the IOC, scheduled at IOC headquarters from 7 to 10 March 2016.