Eight-strong Board headed by Eugene Lapointe, Secretary-General of CITES (1982 – 1990). Executive Vice President Jaques Berney was CITES’ first Secretary-General, as well as deputy to several Secretary-General. The Board oversees a modest operational budget provided by producers and trade associations, and some official development assistance agencies. Most of IWMC’s work is carried out for free by a global network of committed experts or by supportive professional service providers charging reduced fees.