List of International Organizations Presidents, Headquarters, Establishment Year & Area of Work

By Neha Uppal|Updated : January 11th, 2021

International Organization is an important topic for all competitive exams. Many questions are asked in exams from this topic. In this article, we will read the "Complete List of International Organization: Headquarters, Secretaries-General & Presidents".


List of International Organizations Presidents, Headquarters, Estb. Year & Area of Work

International Organizations


Est. Year

Area of Work

President/General Secretary

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Beijing, China


To support the building of infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region

Jin Liqun

New Development Bank (BRICS Development Bank

Shanghai, China


Shall support public or private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments

Marcos Prado Troyjo

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mandaluyong, Philippines


Aims to promote social and economic development in Asia.

Masatsugu Asakawa

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Washington DC, US


Basic aim is to help ensure stability in the international system.

Kristalina Georgiva (MD)

World Bank (WB)

Washington DC, US


Aims to provide long term capital to its member nations for economic development and reconstruction.

David Malpass

United Nations Organization (UN)

New York, US


Aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation

António Guterres (Secretary-General)

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

New York, US



Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (President)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

New York, US


Responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.

Henrietta Fore (Executive Director)

United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) 

Geneva, Switzerland


It is the part of the United Nations Secretariat dealing with trade, investment, and development issues.

Mukhisa Kituyi (Secretary-General)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Geneva, Switzerland


Responsible for maintaining international public health

Tedros Adhanom (Director- General)

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Geneva, Switzerland


The WEF's mission is cited as "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas"

Klaus Schwab

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Geneva, Switzerland


To advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards.

Guy Ryder (Director- General)

World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Geneva, Switzerland


It is concerned with the regulation of international trade between nations.

Roberto Azevedo

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

Geneva, Switzerland


It is a specialized agency of the UN dedicated to meteorology (weather), climatology (climate), operational hydrology (water) and other related geophysical sciences such as oceanography and atmospheric chemistry.

Petteri Taalas

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Geneva, Switzerland


To promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states

Daren Tang

International Committee of the Red Cross

Geneva, Switzerland


The aim is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

Peter Maurer

United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Paris, France


To contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication

Audrey Azoulay (Director- General)

Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)

Paris, France


To promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development.

Dr. Dariusz Stanko (Head of the IOPS Secretariat‎)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Vienna, Austria


To promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

Rafael Grossi

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Vienna, Austria


The purpose of OPEC for members is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers

Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada

Amnesty International

London, UK


Aims to prevent and stop grave violations of human rights

Kumi Naidoo (Secretary General)

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

London, UK


It is responsible for regulating shipping.

Kitack Lim

Commonwealth of Nations

London, UK


The purpose of the voluntary Commonwealth is for international cooperation and to advance economics, social development, and human rights in member countries.

Head - Queen Elizabeth II

Secretary-General- Patricia Scotland

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) 

Kathmandu, Nepal


To promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life

Amjad Hussain B. Sial (Secretary-General)

Association of South East Nations (ASEAN)

Jakarta, Indonesia


To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality

Secretary-General- Dato Lim Jock Hoi

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Brussels, Belgium


To defend member countries from the possibility of communist Soviet Union taking control of their nation

Jens Stoltenberg


International Cricket Council (ICC)

Dubai, UAE


Aim of increasing exposure for ICC events and cricket in general.

Chairman- Shashank Manohar

Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

Rome, Italy


Put efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.

Qu Dongyu

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

The Hague, The Netherland


It settles disputes between states and gives advisory opinions on international legal issues referred to it by the UN.

 Abdulqawi Yusuf

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Lausanne, Switzerland


Responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Thomas Bach

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Zurich, Switzerland


To positively promote the game of football in every way it deems fit

Gianni Infantino

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Avenue du Mont-Blanc, Gland, Vaud, Switzerland


Works for wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

Carter Roberts

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)

Dhaka, Bangladesh


Promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in economic, social, technical and scientific fields of common interest, Provides help to increase the socio-economic growth of the member countries.

Mohammad Shahidul Islam

World Anti-Doping Agency

Montreal, Canada


To promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.

Craig Reedie

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Basel, Switzerland


Aims to promote global monetary and financial stability.

President - Jens Weidmann

Some tricks to remember the headquarters of the organizations

Rule 1: If the name of any Organization starts with "World or International" and ends with "Organization", their headquarters will be in "Geneva, Switzerland".

Remember: [ W_O & I_O ] ---- Geneva, Switzerland

[ W_O]

  • World Health Organisation
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • World Trade Organization

[ I_O]- Except IMO

  • International Labour Organization
  • International Committee for Red Cross Organization
  • International Standardization Organization [ISO] ----originally International Organization for Standardization
  • United Nation Conference on Trade And Development

Rule 2: Trick for Organizations whose headquarters are in London

Remember: I Am a Common man in London

  • I - International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Am - Amnesty International
  • Common - Commonwealth of Nations
  • Common - Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization

Rule 3: If any Organization is related to "International Money or Monetary organization", its headquarters will be in Washington DC.

  • International Monetary fund
  • World Bank

Rule 4: If any Organization is related to "Industrial Development/ Petroleum/ Atomic", its headquarter will be in "Vienna, Austria"

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

Rule 5: For Headquarters of Organizations located in Newyork, remember - "UN Child Emergency in Newyork"

  • UN Child Emergency in Newyork
  • United Nations Organization
  • United Nation International Children Emergency Fund

Rule 6: If any Organization is related to the term "Economic & Educational", its headquarter will be located in Paris

  • Organization for Economic Co-operation Development
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Trick to Remember the Headquarters of some other International Organizations
  • ASIAN Development Bank [ ADB ]--Manila, Philippines [ ASIAN MANila ]
  • Association of South East Nations [ ASEAN ]-- Jakarta, Indonesia [ ACE JACK ] --Remember Playing cards
  • FOOD Agriculture Organisation [ FAO ]--Rome, ITALY [ FOOD IDLY ]
  • International COURT of JUSTICE-- The HAGUE, Netherlands [ Remember COURT given JUSTICE HANG]
  • South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation [ SAARC ]--Kathmandu, Nepal



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