The General Assembly is the representative and decision making body of the BIE.
The committees are composed of 9 or 12 Member States. They study the progress of Expos, and issue proposals on Expo organization and all internal affairs of the BIE.
The Secretariat manages the organization.
Today, 171 countries are Members of the BIE. Each Member State is represented by a maximum of 3 delegates who are appointed by their national Governments. They take part in the decision making process of the BIE through the General Assembly and the 4 Committees. The BIE Secretariat under the authority of the Secretary General is in charge of the management of the BIE.
The BIE General Assembly is the decision-making body and representative entity of the organization. Each Member State of the BIE has one vote and deliberations are valid only when two-thirds of the countries entitled to vote are present. The General Assembly is held twice a year.
Its main functions are:
The General Assembly is chaired by the President of the General Assembly who is elected by secret ballot for a period of two years from among the delegates of the Member States. The President is re-eligible for another two-year period, without interruption.
The current President of the General Assembly is Jai-chul Choi (Republic of Korea)
Representatives of BIE Member States meet twice a year in four committees. The committees work on the different issues related to the activities of the BIE and report to the General Assembly. All the proposals of the Committees are submited to the approval of the General Assembly.
The Chairperson of each committee is elected for a period of two years from among the delegates of the Member States. They are re-eligible for another two-year period, without interruption. The Chairpersons of the committees are also the Vice-Presidents of the BIE General Assembly.
View the members of each committee
The Executive Committee is composed of representatives of 12 Member States elected by the General Assembly.
The Rules Committee is composed of representatives of 12 Member States elected by the General Assembly.
The Administration and Budget Committee is composed of representatives of 9 Member States.
The Information and Communication Committee is composed of representatives of 9 Member States.
To advise Expo organizers on their communication plan
The Secretariat manages the Organisation.
Its main functions are :
The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General who is appointed by the General Assembly. The Secretary General is the legal representative of the BIE and is responsible for attending to the current activities of the Organisation in accordance with the instructions of the General Assembly and Committees.
The Secretary General of the BIE is Mr. Dimitri S. Kerkentzes (Greece).