Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Kent Kille, The College of Wooster, Ohio, USA
The IO BIO Project is designed to create a biographical dictionary (virtual and in print format) with short biographies of Secretaries-General (SGs), or other executive heads with different titles, of International Organizations (IOs). ACUNS members are encouraged to engage with the project, through writing entries in their IO area of expertise and accessing the initial set of biographies that are already available on the project’s website. Those attending the next ACUNS Annual Meeting (June 2013 in Lund, Sweden) may meet the Editors, who will present the paper “Secretary-General Leadership in Global Governance: Perspectives from the IO BIO Project.”
The biographical literature on SGs is limited, giving an incomplete picture of the variety of people who have held these positions and the connections between them. IO BIO is designed to give a more complete picture of these individuals and their interactions. It focuses on those SGs of intergovernmental organizations who have left a mark for any reason, whether good, bad or unusual. IO BIO includes deceased SGs and those who have been out of office for at least five years and most probably will not return in office as SG. Non-governmental organizations are excluded for practical size reasons.
The short biographies (between 800 and 3,600 words; the length is determined by level of importance, with three category levels) present an accurate and coherent description of the life and career of each SG. Entries provide biographical data, a balanced account of life and work, as well as references and a picture. To allow for group analyses (another IO BIO objective) authors are encouraged to pay attention to the social and professional connections of SGs.
Biographies Posted on the IO BIO Website
IO BIO has a set of initial biographies in place on the website and will be adding more. Among them are Joseph Avenol (League of Nations), Eugene Black (World Bank), Harold Butler (ILO), George Chisholm (WHO), René Maheu (UNESCO), Edouard Saouma (FAO), Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart (UNHCR), and Eric Wyndham White (GATT).
IO BIO Instructions, Model Biography, Tools and Data Bases
Scholars and practitioners are carrying out the IO BIO Project on a voluntary basis. More information and the Instructions for Authors, Model Biography, Tools to Find More Data and Databases 1 and 2 (respectively Persons and Entries, and IGOs and their SGs: now covering the SGs of some 130 intergovernmental organizations) are available at the website.
IO BIO is looking for experts willing to write one or more entries, or suggestions for other potential authors, but also for people interested in supporting the Project with their comments and ideas. When applying to write an entry, please provide name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and provide information for why you would be a good author for this entry.
To express an interest, or for more information, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected]