International Commission on Couple and Family Relations


A Board drawn from different regions of the world plans and manages the annual conferences and the Commission’s international communications.

Sven Iversen (Chair)
Sven Iversen (Germany) is General Manager of the Association of German Family Organisations (AGF). AGF promotes dialogue between organisations and individuals that deal with or are responsible for family policy and among other players on a national and international level. Through its publications, conferences and discussions with players in politics, science and civil social organisations, AGF constructs and disseminates its positions on current developments in family politics and legislation. For AGF, family policy is a central field in social policy, a cross-sectoral issue that has effects in various different political areas. Sven is a political scientist, holds an MBA and is also a member of the Administrative Council of the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE – Families Europe). He joined the ICCFR Board in 2015.
Francesco Belletti ,pres. Forum delle associazioni famigliari, con la famigliaFrancesco Belletti (Vice-Chair)
Francesco Belletti (Italy) is the Director of the International Centre for Family Studies (CISF) in Milan, a non-profit independent research centre on family relations and family policies. A sociologist, he graduated in Political Science from the University of Milan. From 1991/92 to 2005/06, he was Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, teaching courses for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. From 2009 until 2015, he was President of the National Forum of Family Associations, a network of family associations lobbying for better family policies in Italy. His main interests are related to social and family policies and welfare studies. He writes regularly in popular and scientific magazines and journals and reviews works on these topics.
Anita RodarteAnita Rodarte (Treasurer)
For more than 30 years, Anita I. Rodarte has devoted her law practice to assisting clients in family law matters. Anita’s extensive experience includes negotiated settlement and litigation of cases involving complex asset valuation and division, spousal support, parenting and custody conflicts, interstate custody and child support disputes, guardianship of minors and enforcement of parental access and support issues. Anita is a member of numerous professional organizations relating to family law. She is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and President 2016-17 of the AAML Foundation, the charitable companion organisation to the AAML. Anita was honoured as the 2015 Family Law Practitioner of the Year in the Kansas City, Missouri area, has received peer recognition as one of Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas and is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family. Anita is a frequent lecturer on family law topics.
Claire Barnes (USA) holds dual Masters Degrees in Education. She worked as a public school teacher and administrator before transitioning into nonprofit administration. Her nonprofit work focused on community-based, educational programs designed to help marginalized adults and children improve their lives. In 2016, Claire published a handbook for grandparents whose adult children separate or divorce. The book, I’m Still Your Grandma; I’m Still Your Grandpa, focuses on the well-being of grandchildren when families reorganize. In recent years she has applied her education skills to adult education (ex: Career College Northern Nevada, University of Nevada, Reno, San Francisco State University, Diablo Valley Community College).

Claire served on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony for seven years and is delighted to have returned to the ICCFR Board in 2019, having served previously from 2007 to 2014. Her exit in 2014 was timed with her retirement from Kids’ Turn, San Francisco, where she was Executive Director for thirteen years.

Anne BergerAnne Berger
Anne Berger (USA) is a partner in the Woburn, MA, law firm of Berger & Small (J.D.: Boston University School of Law). She has written and lectured extensively on family law and related issues. She was a council member of the Family Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) from 1996 to 1999. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1987 and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1997. Ms Berger is a past Massachusetts Chapter Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and serves as a USA Chapter delegate to the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is also on the Board of the AAML Foundation. Ms Berger was ICCFR chair 2014-2019 and  is a Trustee of the ICCFR Trust.
Christine Galea (Malta) studied at the University of Malta, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Family Ministry in 2012. She is the Secretary-General of the Cana Movement, a voluntary organisation within the Catholic Church, which provides marriage education and enrichment programmes and works with couples and families facing difficulties. Christine is also a Board member of Genesis2 – Institute for Marriage and the Family, which promotes reflection about the person, marriage and family from several perspectives, through training, witness and peer support.
Anne HollondsAnne Hollonds (Australia) As Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (, Anne is responsible for conducting research and providing advice to Australian governments on child and family wellbeing. The Institute conducts quantitative and qualitative research, and translates findings, to improve the effectiveness of policy, systems and services for children and families. A leading voice on child and family wellbeing, Anne is a psychologist and former CEO with over 35 years’ experience in policy and practice in social services, health and education for children and families.
Agnes LawAgnes Koon-chui Law (China)
Professor Agnes Koon-chui Law is founder and Director of the Center for Social work Education and Research, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Prior to her mainland China appointment since 2002, she had held teaching and executive positions in Hong Kong at a number of NGOs and City University respectively. She is also founder and Director-General of Qi Chuang Social Work Service Center, a multi-service, non-governmental organization established in 2008, providing services for the families, migrant children, schools, medical social work, community care for the elderly, drug abusers in Guangdong, Sichuan and Fujian provinces, China. Her research interests include development of social work service models and service standards, issues relating to family, children and youth. Among her many public services, she is one of the honorary presidents of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association, the Chief Supervisor of the Guangdong Social Workers Federation, and visiting professor of a number of universities. She holds a B S Sc (Hons) (Chinese University of HK), Master of Public Policy (Well. NZ), and PhD (University of HK).
Suzie Thorn (USA) is a prominent matrimonial lawyer in San Francisco. She is President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, of the Suzie S Thorn Family Foundation and of Schapiro-Thorn, Inc. Her initial contact with ICCFR resulted from liaison between the Commission and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in 1993. She became a Board member in 1995. She was the innovative founder of the ICCFR Trust, of which she is now a trustee.


Ingrid CranfieldIngrid Cranfield (UK) is an author, editor, translator and college lecturer. Between 2010 and 2014, she was an elected councillor and Deputy Mayor in the London Borough of Enfield. Aside from her professional work, she has been involved all her adult life in educational, charity and community work, on a voluntary basis. She greatly enjoys her role as Administrator to the ICCFR, whose mission reflects all the principles and issues she has long been concerned with.