The FICSA Council elects Members of the Executive Committee and Regional Representatives, and FICSA maintains a permanent Secretariat. The Executive Committee are responsible for implementing the Federation's policies and representing the Federation, and draws up the annual programme of work, based on the decisions and recommendations adopted by Council.

FICSA Council also elects Chairs and Vice-Chairs for Standing Committees that specialize in General Service Questions, Professional Salaries and Allowances, Conditions of Service in the Field, Social Security/Occupational Health and Safety, Staff-Management Relations, Human Resources Management and Legal Questions.

Executive committee

  • Yvonne Bieri

    Yvonne Bieri - FICSA Accountant - FICSA Secretariat

    Yvonne Bieri - FICSA Accountant - FICSA Secretariat

  • Marie-Paule Masson

    Marie-Paule Masson

    Team Assistant - FICSA Secretariat

    Marie-Paule Masson

    Team Assistant - FICSA Secretariat

  • Wadzanai Garwe

    Wadzanai Garwe

    President - Executive committee

    AP-in-FAO

    Wadzanai Garwe

    President - Executive committee

    AP-in-FAO

    Ms. Wadzanai Garwe joined the FAO Investment Centre in December 2010, and the Association of Professional  in FAO in April 2011. She has held the posts of representative for the investment centre, deputy field secretary, treasurer, and General Secretary of AP in FAO and acting chairperson of the FICSA Standing Committee on  Social Security and Occupation Health and Safety (SocSec OHS).

    She has over 35 years of experience in emergency and rural development as an economist. Wadzanai is a mother of two, an author, an activist and a firm believer in the power of economic empowerment. Her passion is taking action to ensure that developing countries find appropriate and innovative solutions to combat poverty, debt, poor governance and disease.

    She holds a M.Sc. in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University in New Hampshire, USA and a B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Wadzanai is passionate about staff representation and the need for management and staff to communicate in order to create the most ideal working environment.

     

     

     

  • Cosimo Melpignano

    Cosimo Melpignano

    General Secretary - Executive committee
    General Secretary - FICSA Secretariat

    UNGSC

    Cosimo Melpignano

    General Secretary - Executive committee

    General Secretary - FICSA Secretariat

    UNGSC

    Cosimo, or Mino as he is known by the staff of the UN Common System, has a strong background in international logistics and the startup and winding down of Peacekeeping Missions. 

    He is a HR Professional with specialization in international recruitment and in vetting international recruitment processes. He has extensive experience in organizational review and restructuring processes.

    He had over twenty years of staff representation experience, in various function as the President of the UNGSS Brindisi Staff Union, as well as having served as the European Representative for the Federation of International Civil Servants Associations and Coordinator for the Federation of National Staff Association.

    Prior to being elected as the General Secretary of FICSA, Mino was the Chair of the Field Standing Committee in FICSA.

  • Irwan Shahrezza Mohd Razali

    Irwan Shahrezza Mohd Razali

    Information Officer - FICSA Secretariat

    FICSA Information Officer / Kuala Lumpur

    Irwan Shahrezza Mohd Razali

    Information Officer - FICSA Secretariat

    FICSA Information Officer / Kuala Lumpur

    Irwan Shahrezza is an information management specialist and holds a master’s and bachelor's degree in business administration from AAGBS UiTM and UUM. Before championing the cause of international civil servants worldwide as the Information Officer in FICSA, Irwan was the Manager of World Health Organization(WHO)'s Global Service Desk based in Malaysia, providing client services to over 150 WHO offices. He held the positions of Treasurer and Compensation Officer in FICSA between 2015 to 2018. Irwan has over 20 years of experience in the field of IT, including 12 years in WHO and past experience working in diverse teams in Microsoft Asia Pacific and Telekom Malaysia. He is professionally certified in project management, IT service management, service desk management as well as Windows enterprise support. He became a staff representative since 2011 and wrote a thesis on factors influencing trade union membership that you can read at http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/26157

  • Jérôme Zanga Foe

    Jérôme Zanga Foe

    Treasurer - Executive committee

    WHO/HQ

    Jérôme Zanga Foe

    Treasurer - Executive committee

    WHO/HQ

    Jérôme was elected Treasurer during the 75th FICSA Council in 2022.

    Joined WHO/HQ in 2015 and was elected staff representative in 2019. Currently treasurer of the WHO/HQ Staff Association.

    Member of the Geneva Local Salary Survey Committee and serves as WHO/HQ staff representative for General Services and Professional categories salary surveys.

  • Silvia Mariangeloni

    Silvia Mariangeloni

    First of two Members for Compensation Issues - Executive committee

    FAO / WFP - UGSS

    Silvia Mariangeloni

    First of two Members for Compensation Issues - Executive committee

    FAO / WFP - UGSS

  • Oleksandr Martynenko

    Oleksandr Martynenko

    Member for Regional and Field Issues - Executive committee

    WHO/EURO

    Oleksandr Martynenko

    Member for Regional and Field Issues - Executive committee

    WHO/EURO

    Oleksandr Martynenko has been with WHO since 2015, working at country and headquarters levels. In 2017-2019, Oleksandr served as a member of EURSA Staff Committee advocating for interests and career opportunities for locally recruited staff members. During 2019-2021 Oleksandr worked in Geneva where he participated in the work of HQ staff association. Since January 2022, Oleksandr leads WHO office in Pristina.

    Oleksandr’s motivation to join the FICSA Executive Committee team is driven by the commitment to continue advocating for the improvement and safeguarding of staff working conditions, whereby all staff – regardless of their grade, position or duty station – enjoy respectful and safe working environment.  Oleksandr is a firm believer that changes occur not from wanting them but from making them happen – and he is determined to work with fellow colleagues to make UN Common System a better place to be.

  • Steven-Geoffrey Eales

    Steven-Geoffrey Eales

    Member without portfolio - Executive committee

    UNIDO

    Steven-Geoffrey Eales

    Member without portfolio - Executive committee

    UNIDO

  • Christian Stéphane Tounta

    Christian Stéphane Tounta

    Regional Representative for Africa - Regional Reps

    WHO/AFRO Brazzaville

    Christian Stéphane Tounta

    Regional Representative for Africa - Regional Reps

    WHO/AFRO Brazzaville

     

    Mr Christian Stéphane Tounta has been elected Regional Representative for Africa of the Federation of International Civil Servants' Associations (FICSA), at the 77th Council held in Bern, Switzerland, from 26 February to 1 March 2024.

    He is a librarian with a degree in Sciences and Techniques of Communication from the Université Marien Ngouabi in Brazzaville, Congo.

    He is a member of the WHO/AFRO staff association and serves on the information and external affairs committee.

    Since August 2008, Christian has been working at the Documentation Centre of the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, in Brazzaville. Previously, he was a teacher and editor of a school newspaper, then a distance documentalist for the “Réseau Service Question-Réponse” of Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rurale ACP/CE.

    At the WHO Documentation Centre, as a reference librarian, Christian is involved in training doctors, students and other researchers in the field of health documentary research. He is one of the trainers for the Research4life programme, which brings together five United Nations agencies (WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO). He was recently appointed to the Research4life Capacity Development Committee.

     

     

     

  • Glenda Moreira Lopez

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - General Service Questions
    Regional Representative for Americas - Regional Reps

    PAHO/WHO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - General Service Questions

    Regional Representative for Americas - Regional Reps

    PAHO/WHO

    Ms. Glenda Moreira Lopez has been elected Regional Representative for the Americas of the Federation of International Civil Servants' Associations (FICSA), at the 77th Council held in Bern, Switzerland, from 26 February to 1 March 2024.

  • Ritesh Kumar Singh

    Ritesh Kumar Singh

    Regional Representative for Asia - Regional Reps

    WHO / SEARO

    Ritesh Kumar Singh

    Regional Representative for Asia - Regional Reps

    WHO / SEARO

  • Susan Murray

    Susan Murray

    Regional Representative for Europe - Regional Reps

    FAO/WFP-UGSS

    Susan Murray

    Regional Representative for Europe - Regional Reps

    FAO/WFP-UGSS

  • Alessandra Marcorio

    Standing Committee Chair - Human Resources Management

    UNGSC

    Standing Committee Chair - Human Resources Management

    UNGSC

  • Andres Orias-Bleichner

    Andres Orias-Bleichner

    Standing Committee Chair - Legal Questions

    WMO

    Andres Orias-Bleichner

    Standing Committee Chair - Legal Questions

    WMO

  • Anthony Alozie

    Anthony Alozie

    Standing Committee Chair - Human Resources Management

    IAEA

    Anthony Alozie

    Standing Committee Chair - Human Resources Management

    IAEA

  • Houcine Mhadhbi

    Houcine Mhadhbi

    Standing Committee Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    IAEA

    Houcine Mhadhbi

    Standing Committee Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    IAEA

  • Leolinda Dieme

    Standing Committee Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    UPU

    Standing Committee Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    UPU

  • Marc Brown

    Standing Committee Chair - Field Issues

    FAO/WFP-UGSS

    Standing Committee Chair - Field Issues

    FAO/WFP-UGSS

  • Maria Del Rocio Martin Vargas

    Standing Committee Chair - Legal Questions

    UNICTF

    Standing Committee Chair - Legal Questions

    UNICTF

  • Paola Monroy

    Standing Committee Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

    Standing Committee Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

  • Viera Seben

    Viera Seben

    Standing Committee Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    ICAO 

    Viera Seben

    Standing Committee Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    ICAO 

  • Anita Stefin

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/EURO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/EURO

  • Fares Kady

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Field Issues

    WHO/EMRO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Field Issues

    WHO/EMRO

  • Helena Debussy

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Human Resources Management

    ICAO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Human Resources Management

    ICAO

  • James Howlett

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    WHO/WPRO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Professional Salaries and Allowances

    WHO/WPRO

  • Jaswinder Maan Jussoan Singh

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/GSC

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/GSC

  • Michelle Delinde

    Michelle Delinde

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

    Michelle Delinde

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

  • Mina Nagy

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - General Service Questions

    WHO/EMRO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - General Service Questions

    WHO/EMRO

  • Neddy Mafunga

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/HQ

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    WHO/HQ

  • Salvatore Brunori

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Legal Questions

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Legal Questions

  • Shereen Barry

    Shereen Barry

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    IMO

    Shereen Barry

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Staff-Management Relations

    IMO

  • Sotirios Markopoulos

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

    Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Social Security/OHS

    CTBTO

  • Joel Lahaye

    Joel Lahaye

    Vice-Chair - Legal Questions

    CERN

    Joel Lahaye

    Vice-Chair - Legal Questions

    CERN

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