The Director of IARC is responsible for the overall leadership of the Agency. The Director reports to the IARC Governing Council and is elected for a period of five years. The Director’s Office coordinates the implementation of IARC’s research strategy by supporting the establishment and development not only of specific initiatives in the scientific Sections and Groups but also of research programmes across the Agency.
The Director’s Office is responsible for strengthening and expanding relationships with its network of collaborators, with governmental and non-governmental partners, and with funding agencies in order to influence cancer control policy development through the provision of a reliable evidence base. IARC works in cooperation with WHO headquarters and WHO regional offices, as well as current and potential IARC Participating States.
The Director’s Office is composed of a team that provides administrative support as well as expertise in resource mobilization, bioethics and compliance, and scientific and strategic matters. Three Groups, with a wide range of activities that are relevant across the Agency, are located within the Director’s Office: the Communications Group (COM), the Education and Training Group (ETR), and the Laboratory Services and Biobank Group (LSB).