Bodour Al Qasimi and Karine Pansa confirmed as IPA President and Vice President Elect & India gets Executive Committee representation at the International Publishers Association as Pranav Gupta gets elected


Bodour Al Qasimi (Kalimat Group, UAE) confirmed as President-elect of the IPA, with Karine Pansa (Girassol Brasil Edições, Brazil) confirmed as Vice President-elect at first ever virtual IPA General Assembly and Pranav Gupta (Prints Publications Pvt Ltd, India) has been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of  the IPA.


Following online elections held in November, where all IPA Full Members were able to vote, the IPA confirmed the results of a number of decisions and elections.

The IPA’s 2020 General Assembly also represented the last for outgoing President, Hugo Setzer who thanked IPA’s members for all their support and encouraged them to continue to work together to overcome the damage of the COVID pandemic on the international book industry. 

IPA President, Hugo Setzer said: I have been really privileged to be able to serve you, first as Vice-President and then as President. Since I started as Vice-President four years ago, I said that I wanted to build bridges. Bridges of understanding between different countries, different cultures and ways of thinking. I am sure there is so much more that unites us than the minor issues of difference between us. That is why IPA has remained united for almost 125 years now. Let us continue to work together to be able to emerge stronger from this crisis. 

IPA Vice President, Bodour Al Qasimi added:  As the second woman to assume the role [of IPA President] in 124 years, this is an important advancement in our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. Leading by example puts the IPA on an even firmer footing to make the case for a diverse publishing industry. I plan to work closely with all of our members to help our industry recover from the ravages of 2020 and transition smoothly to a post-COVID world; and to set our essential industry on a bright, new track.

Karine Pansa, IPA Vice President-elect said It is an honour for me to be elected the next Vice President of the International Publishers Association. I am looking forward to working with our President-elect, Bodour Al Qasimi, to overcome the many challenges created by this difficult year, but also to seize the opportunities it creates to reshape our industry for the future.


Pranav Gupta, IPA Executive Committee added: I am pleased and humbled to accept this position and to join past members who I have long admired and respected. I would like to take this moment to thank International Publishers Association for having the generosity to nominate me, and to everybody who supported me. Your confidence in me inspires me to work even harder for the growth and success of each member of IPA and of the Publishing Industry in general. Pranav Gupta is affiliated with several publishing related organizations like Federation of Indian Publishers, CAPEXIL (Ministry of Commerce, India), Indian Reprographic Right Organization (IRRO), Afro Asian Book Council.

Ramesh Mittal, President of Federation of Indian Publishers said: Pranav, with his youth, enthusiasm and yet a 15-year experience brings the right perspective, much desired by organizations like IPA. We think Pranav` s mission as the Indian representative to IPA will be to help develop this exchange of ideas and processes, so as to benefit India with global best practices and to help IPA with the Indian solutions.

See the full speeches of Hugo Setzer, Bodour Al Qasimi and Pranav Gupta.

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