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About Us - Who's Who

PGA operates under the political direction of the Executive Committee and the International Council. The Executive Committee meets twice a year to decide on PGA's future programme activities. The International Council meets once a year during the Annual Forum to review programme work and to elect members to the Committee and Council. Members of the Comittee are elected on a 40:60 gender ratio.

The Council represents all regions of the world and each country where PGA has members can be represented with no more than two members. All elected members of the Committee and the Council serve for two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Executive Committee

President

Mr. H.V. Ross Robertson, MP, New Zealand

Mr. H.V. Ross Robertson, MP, New Zealand

Mr. Robertson is a New Zealand politician for the Labour Party. His current parliamentary roles include Assistant Speaker and Associate Spokesperson for Disarmament. He has been a member of parliament since 1987.

Board

Dip. Margarita Stolbizer, Argentina

Dip. Margarita Stolbizer, Argentina

Dip. Margarita Stolbizer is an Argentine lawyer and politician for Generation for a National Encounter.

Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie Addo, MP, Ghana

Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie Addo, MP, Ghana

Mrs. Torshie is a lawyer, diplomat and Ghanaian politician for the New Patriotic Party. She was first elected to parliament in 2008.

Senator Jim Walash, Ireland

Sen. Jim Walsh, Ireland

Jim Walsh is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and member of Seanad Éireann since 1997.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and is a former president of the Irish Road Hauliers' Association. He is currently party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr. Mahreen Bhutto, MP, Pakistan

Dr. Mahreen Bhutto, MP, Pakistan

Dr. Bhutto has been elected on PPPP ticket on women reserve seat from Siindh. She is currently working as parliamentary secretary for health.

Hon. Syed Naveed Qamar, MP, Pakistan

Hon. Syed Naveed Qamar, MP, Pakistan

Hon. Syed Naveed Qamar, MP is a senior statesman and politician for the Pakistan Peoples Party. He is the former Defence Minister of Pakistan.

Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala, MP, Sri Lanka

Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala, MP, Sri Lanka

Mr. Sumathipala was a former member of the Western Provincial Council and Sri Lanka Freedom Party former chief organiser for the Borella Electorate in Colombo District. He received his education at Nalanda College Colombo and London College of Communication, UK.

Ruth Wijdenbosch, Suriname

Dr. Ruth Wijdenbosch, MP, Suriname

Dr. Wijdenbosch is a lawyer and politician for the New Front for Democracy and Development. She was first elected to the National Assembly of Suriname in 1987 and was recently elected for a third term as Deputy Speaker.

Ms. Marie Norden, MP, Sweden

Ms. Marie Norden, MP, Sweden

Ms. Nordén is a Swedish social democratic politician. She has been a member of the Riksdag since 2006. Current Assignments: Member of the OSCE mission, Member of Finance Committee, Deputy of Industry and Trade

Dr. Yusuf Ziya İrbeç, Turkey

Dr. Yusuf Ziya İrbeç, MP, Turkey

Dr. İrbeç is an economist, foreign policy expert, university professor and Turkish politician. He served as vice chairman and clerk member on the European Union Harmonisation Commission, as a member of the European Council and of the Joint Parliamentary Commission of the European Union. He has been a member of the Turkish Parliament since 2007.

Hon. Stephen Tashobya, MP, Uganda

Hon. Stephen Tashobya, MP, Uganda

Hon. Tashobya is a lawyer and politician for the Ugandan National Resistance Movement. He is the current Chairperson of the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.  Hon. Tashobya was recently elected as chairperson of the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) central governing board.

Mr. Mark Pritchard, MP, United Kingdom

Mr. Mark Pritchard, MP, United Kingdom

Mr. Pritchard is a British politician for the Conservative Party.  He currently serves as a member of the Panel of Chairs Committee and National Security Strategy Joint Committee.

Dip. Felipe Michelini, Uruguay

Dip. Felipe Michelini, Uruguay

Dip. Michelini is a lawyer and Uruguayan politician for the Nuevo Espacio Party. He is a Professor of Human Rights and founder of the Mercosur Human Rights Public Policies Observatory. He was first elected to parliament in 1994.

Treasurer

Ms. Margareta Cederfelt, MP, Sweden

Ms. Margareta Cederfelt, MP, Sweden

Ms. Cederfelt is a Registered Nurse and Swedish politician for the Moderate Party. In 2006 she became a Deputy Member of the Committee on European Affairs, and in 2010 she became a Deputy Member of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. She has been a member of the Swedish parliament since 1999.

Chair, International Council

Dip. Minou Tavárez Mirabal, Dominican Republic

Dip. Minou Tavárez Mirabal, Dominican Republic

Dip. Tavárez is a linguist and politician for the Dominican Liberation Party. She currently serves as the President of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. She was first elected to parliament in 2002.

International Council

Chair

  • Dip. Minou Tavárez Mirabal
    Dominican Republic

Councillors

  • Mr. Kelvin Thompson, MP
    Australia
  • Sen. Ana Amélia Lemos
    Brazil
  • Dep. Marcel Djimasse
    Central African Republic
  • Dip. Angela Robledo
    Colombia
  • Dep. Dieudonné Upira Sunguma
    Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Mr. Jeppe Kofod, MP
    Denmark
  • Dip. Christian Paredes
    Dominican Republic
  • Hon. Sigfrido Reyes, MP
    El Salvador
  • Mr. Helmut Scholz, MEP
    European Parliament
  • Hon. Alban Bagbin, MP
    Ghana
  • Shri Tariq Anwar, MP
    India
  • Ms. Federica Mogherini, MP
    Italy
  • Hon. Worlea S. Dunah, MP
    Liberia
  • Mr. Gabriel Smith, MP
    Liberia
  • Hon. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, MP
    Malaysia
  • Mr. Su’a William Sio, MP
    New Zealand
  • Sen. Mian Raza Rabbani
    Pakistan
  • Mr. Shaika M. Sama, MP
    Sierra Leone
  • Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, MP
    Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Hugo Jabini, MP
    Suriname
  • Ms. Pindi Chana, MP
    Tanzania
  • Dip. Berta Sanseverino
    Uruguay

Secretariat

  • Dr. David Donat Cattin
    Secretary-General

United Nations Committee for PGA

Chair

  • H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein

United Nations Ambassadors

  • H.E. Ms. María Cristina Perceval
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of Argentina
  • H.E. Ms. Bénédicte Frankinet
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of Belgium
  • H.E. Ms. Tiina Intelmann
    Ambassador at Large
    MFA Estonia, President
  • H.E. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of Finland
  • H.E. Mr. Gérard Araud
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of France
  • H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Mr. Jim McLay
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of New Zealand
  • H.E. Mr. Marten Grunditz
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of Sweden
  • H.E. Sir Mark Lyall Grant
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom

UN Secretariat and Agencies

  • Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
    Executive Director
    UNFPA
  • Ms. Angela Kane
    UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Amb. Mr. Juan Somavía
    UN Special Adviser on Inter-regional Policy Cooperation

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Mr. Michael Posner
    Former US Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business
  • Prof. Elisabeth Lindenmayer
    Columbia University
  • Mr. David Phillips
    Columbia University

Business Council

The goal of the PGA Business Council is to create a partnership between leaders in the business community and their counterparts in the world's parliaments, all of whom are working towards a peaceful, stable and just world, conducive to economic growth and social equity. Members of PGA's Business Council represent a broad cross-section of the global business community, dedicated to promoting peace, the rule of law, economic growth and social equity in emerging economies.

Chair

  • Lord Paul of Marylebone
    Chairman
    Caparo Group Ltd

Members

  • Mrs. Ana S. de Kessler
    Head of Cabinet
    Ministry of Production for Buenos Aires
  • Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge
    Chairman
    British Airways
  • Mr. Francois Loeb
    Managing Director
    Loeb Department Stores
  • Dr. Klaus Schwab
    President
    World Economic Forum

PGA Legal Counsel

PGA is grateful to its Legal Counsel for their generous pro bono support. Below is a list of current contributors:

PGA Staff

PGA Headquarters in New York

  • Dr. David Donat Cattin
    Secretary-General
  • Ms. Jennifer McCarthy
    Assistant Secretary-General
  • Mr. Peter Barcroft
    Director of Peace and Democracy Programme
    International Law and Human Rights Programme
  • Mr. Michael Agbeko
    Director of Administration
  • Ms. Mónica Adame
    Senior Programme Officer
    Gender Equality and Population Programme
  • Ms. Helen Tsakiris
    Senior Development Officer
  • Mr. Thiago Carvalho
    Executive Officer
  • Ms. Leyla Nikjou
    Senior Programme Officer
    Intl Law and Human Rights
  • Mr. Brian Kett
    Communications and Membership Officer

PGA office in The Hague

  • Ms. Marieke van Doorn
    Programme Coordinator
    International Law and Human Rights Programme

  • Ms. Maia Trujillo
    Programme Officer
    International Law and Human Rights Programme
  • Ms. Romina Morello
    Programme Officer
    International Law and Human Rights Programme
  • Ms. Nuria Vehils
    Communications Assistant
    International Law and Human Rights Programme

  • Mr. Eloi Urwodhi
    Consultant (Kinshasa)
    International Law and Human Rights Programme
  • Ms. Joyce Freda Apio
    Consultant (Kampala-Nairobi)
    International Law and Human Rights Programme
  • Ms. Olga Dalbinoe
    Intern

Parliamentarians for Global Action

PGA Headquarters: 132 Nassau Street, Suite 1419, New York, NY 10038, USA | Phone: +1-212-687-7755 | Fax: +1-212-687-8409 | Email: info@pgaction.org

PGA office in The Hague: Bertha von Suttner Building, Laan van Meedervoort 70, 2517 AN The Hague, The Netherlands | Tel: +31-70-360-4433 | Fax: +31-70-364-22-55