Mr. Lakhdar BRAHIMI

Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi is a former United Nations envoy and advisor. In 2001, he was appointed by the Secretary-General as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Iraq. Ambassador Brahimi chaired two independent panels, including the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (2000) and the Panel on Safety, Security of United Nations Personnel and Premises (2008). Ambassador Brahimi served as Under-Secretary-General for Special Assignments in Support of the Secretary-General's Preventive and Peacemaking Efforts and accomplished a number of other missions and assignments for the United Nations, including Special Representative for Haiti (1994-1996) and South Africa (1993-1994) He is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria (1991-1993). Ambassador Brahimi is currently a visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris, and is a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.



The Honorable Simon Compaoré is Mayor of the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Since October 2010, he also serves as Secretary-General of the International Association of French-speaking Mayors. From 2003-2009, Mayor Compaoré served as Chairman of the Municipal Development Partnership (PDM) Board. Prior to his mayoral election in 1995, he served as Director of the Caisse générale de péréquation (General Equalization Fund) of Burkina Faso. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique (CGLUA) and of the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments.


Shirin EbadiMs. Shirin EBADI

Dr. Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer specializing in human rights. In 2003, Dr. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant efforts to promote democracy and human rights and particularly women’s and children’s rights. She served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975 to 1979 and was the first Iranian woman to achieve Chief Justice status. She, along with other women judges, was dismissed from that position after the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. She was made a clerk in the court she had once presided over, until she petitioned for early retirement. After obtaining her lawyer's license in 1992, Dr. Ebadi set up private practice. As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been arrested numerous times. Dr. Ebadi has taught at the University of Tehran and has delivered lectures in Belgium, Iran, France, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. She has authored many books, articles and other publications.


Shirley FranklinMs. Shirley FRANKLIN

Ms. Shirley Franklin served as the 58th Mayor of Atlanta, U.S.A., from 2001 – 2009. Mayor Franklin was the first female mayor and the first African American woman to serve as mayor of a major southern city in the United States. She previously served for the City of Atlanta with executive management responsibility for over 13 years. During her terms of office she championed programs to drastically increase college access for inner city Atlanta youth, increase funding and programs to eliminate chronic homelessness and reduce child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Franklin currently serves as the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Additionally she serves on the Board of Mueller Water Products, an Atlanta based public company and as Chair of Atlanta based National Center for Civil and Human Rights.


Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-MoleketiMs. Geraldine Joslyn FRASER-MOLEKETI

Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi is the Democratic Governance Practice Director of the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy (BDP). Prior to taking up this appointment in January 2009, Ms. Fraser-Moleketi served the Government of South Africa for 14 years, most recently as Minister for Public Service and Administration (1999 to September 2008). From 1994 to 2008, she was a Member of Parliament and served in a number of leadership roles, including as Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Rules of the National Assembly of the Parliament of South Africa. From 1996-1999, she was Minister of Welfare and Population Development. During the course of her career, Ms. Fraser-Moleketi has been instrumental in mainstreaming gender in government policies and has led South African delegations to a number of regional and international conferences.


Chen JianMr. Chen JIAN

Ambassador Chen Jian is President of the United Nations Association of China. Prior to his appointment in 2007, Ambassador Chen served as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2001-2007, and as China’s Ambassador to Japan from 1998 to 2001. Ambassador Chen is a career diplomat who served as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Peoples Republic of China to the United Nations, from 1992 to 1994, as Foreign Ministry Spokesperson and Director-General at the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1994 to 1996, and as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1996 to 1998.


Radha KumarMs. Radha KUMAR

Professor Radha Kumar is currently a trustee of the Delhi Policy Group and Director of its Peace and Conflict Programme. A specialist on ethnic conflicts and peacemaking and peace building processes, Dr. Kumar is a former Senior Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1999-2003) and former Executive Director of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly in Prague (1992-1994). She is a member of the Council on Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP India). Dr. Kumar is one of three Kashmir interlocutors named by the Government of India.


Henri LopesMr. Henri LOPES

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Ambassador Henri Lopes is a diplomat, politician and writer. He is currently Congo-Brazzaville’s Ambassador to France and holds the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Lopes was Assistant Director General for Culture and Communication and then Deputy Director for Africa at UNESCO from 1981 to 1998. Formally, he was Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo (1973-75) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1972-1973). In 1993, Ambassador Lopes earned the Grand Prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie Française for his overall contribution to literature.


Valery LoshchininMr. Valery LOSHCHININ

Ambassador Valery Loshchinin is Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as to the Conference on Disarmament. He holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Prior to this appointment in 2006, he occupied positions of First Deputy Minister from 2002 to 2005 and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from 2001 to 2002. He also served as Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna, from 1999 to 2001, and as Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Byelorussia, from 1996 to 1999.


Jean-Baptiste MatteiMr. Jean-Baptiste MATTEI

Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattéi serves as Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to his appointment to Geneva, he was Director for Communication and Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels after having worked as director of the office of the French Minister Delegate for European Affairs from 1995 to 2000. A career diplomat, Ambassador Mattéi has served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France.


Mr. Nicolas MICHEL

Dr. Nicolas Michel is Professor in International Public Law at the University of Geneva and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). Before taking up this position in September 2008, he served as Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel from 2004-2008. From 1987 to 2004, he was Professor in International Public Law and  European Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and was partially seconded, between 1998 and 2003, to work as the Director of public international law in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


Joy OgwuMs. U. Joy Ogwu

Ambassador Uche Joy Ogwu is Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations. She is the immediate past Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria (2006-2007). A professor of political science and international relations, she served as the first female Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). From 2002, she served as a Member of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, culminating in her appointment as the first African female Chairperson of the Advisory Board in 2006. As a member of the Presidential Advisory Council of Nigeria on International Relations from October 2000 – 2006, and now as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, she continues to contribute to the advancement of Nigeria’s foreign policy and has written extensively on foreign policy issues. In 2004, Professor Ogwu was honoured with an award of OFR- Officer of the Federal Republic for exemplary contribution to Nigeria. She also currently serves as the First President of the First Executive Board of UN Women.


Alfonso QuinonesMr. Alfonso QUIÑÓNEZ

Ambassador Quiñónez is Secretary for External Relations of the Organization of American States. Previously at OAS, Ambassador Quiñónez served as Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (ICAD). Prior to joining OAS in 2001, Ambassador Quiñónez served as Executive Director of the Alvaro Arzù Foundation for Peace in Guatemala and as advisor to the Mayor of Guatemala City. As a diplomat in the Guatemalan Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador for ten years and held postings in Spain and the United States. From 1998-2000, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the Organization of American States.


Portia Simpson-MillerMs. Portia SIMPSON MILLER

Ms. Simpson Miller is a Member of the Jamaican Parliament and President of the People’s National Party. From 2006-2007, Ms. Simpson-Miller was Prime Minister (and the first female Prime Minister in Jamaican history). During her career in government, Ms. Simpson Miller has had a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Local Government and Sport (2002-2006); Minister of Tourism and Sports (2000-2002); Minister of Labor, Social Security and Sports (1995-2000); Minister of Labor and Welfare (1993-1995); and Minister of Labor, Welfare and Sports (1989-1993). In 2006, she was invested with the Jamaican Order of the Nation, giving her the title “The Most Honorable.” She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders and was previously a trustee of CIFAL Atlanta.


Ms. Anne Kristin SYDNES

Ms. Anne Kristin Sydnes is an independent advisor and consultant within the field of energy, climate and development. Until January 1, 2011 she was Director of International Programs at Norwegian Church Aid. Previously, she served as Minister of International Development Cooperation of Norway from 2000 to 2001. She also occupied various senior positions at Statoil ASA, including Principal Advisor for country analysis and social responsibility (2002-2004) and Vice President - country analysis and social responsibility (1998-2000). From 2004-2005, Ms. Sydnes served as Senior Advisor to UNDP in its Division for Business Partnerships while on leave from Statoil. She graduated in political science in 1985 and worked as research fellow and programme director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute from 1985 to 1998, specializing in international energy, climate and development issues.


Alfredo ValladaoMr. Alfredo G. A. Valladão

Dr. Valladão is Professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po); President of the Advisory Board of EUBrasil; Senior Research Fellow of the European Union Institute for Security Studies; and a member of the Scientifc Committee of the Centre d'Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales (CESEM) of the Institut de Hautes Etudes du Management (HEM), Morocco. Dr. Valladão is also a columnist on international affairs for Radio France International, former Director of the Mercosur Chair of Sciences Po and former Coordinator of the Working Group on EU-Mercosur Negotiations and of the International Annual Conference of the Fort Copacabana on "Defense and Security European-South American Dialogue" and a former diplomatic and defense correspondent of the French daily "Libération".


Ex officio members of the Board of Trustees include:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • President of the General Assembly
  • President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Executive Director of UNITAR