The coming years are crucial for IFLA, and so for the thousands of libraries and the millions of people depending on them for their and their communities' development. IFLA's commitment to the UN sustainable development goals and to a closer partnership with both regional and global library associations to form a united front for freedom of speech and access to information through empowerment of local libraries - needs a great leader. A leader who will inspire individuals and organisations to move forward towards a common vision. A leader who turns vision into strategy and energises step by step. A leader who is motivated by results and transfer that to the head quarter.
Chris Mackenzie is such a leader. I've worked with her in different projects for fifteen years, within the governing board of IFLA, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Global Libraries, the Bertelsmann network. Not to mention the inspiration I got from her and her staff for my daily work as a city librarian of Stockholm, Sweden. She is a wise thinker and a strategic doer. She is warm, fun, brave and curious of the ongoing world around her and captures the opportunities. She makes people feel included and motivated and builds sustainable networks. The optimal president for IFLA.