The 41st Council of the UNOG Staff Union (2023-2024) was elected in February 2023 for a period of one year. Its membership is as follows:


Ian Richards (President)
Bradford Smith (Vice-President)

Council meetings are be presided over by the President or, in his/her absence, by the Vice-President. Both officeholders are entitled to attend the meetings of the Executive Bureau and support the latter in its mandate to represent the Council.

Executive Bureau:

Laura Johnson (Executive Secretary)
Pablo Gonzalez (Deputy Executive Secretary)
Naima Abdellaoui
Mohamed Bali
Philippe Duparc
Ursula Hermelink
Begoña Martinez Alfonso

The Executive Bureau acts as the Council’s executive. It implements the decisions of the Council and represents it before management and other bodies. It meets on a weekly basis. It is headed by the Executive Secretary and the Deputy Executive Secretary. The President and Vice-President are non-voting members of the Bureau.

Other members of the 41st Council:

Ayobamidele Ajayi
Mario Apostolov
Dominique Chantrel
Jamshidbek Gaziyev
Marius Gologus
Cédric Jacquiot
Khanam Jauhan
Jean-Luc La Planeta
Nicole Lewis-Lettington
Hilary Nwokeabia
Rowland Palairet
Catherine Peck Arif
Viera Pejchal
Janet Puhalovic
Almudena Rueda
Radouan Toualbia

Release for staff representation functions

Staff representation is considered as official business. To this end, members of the Council are entitled to the following release for staff representational functions (as per General Assembly resolution A/C.5/50/64):

  • Executive Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretary: up to 100 percent.
  • President, Vice-President, Executive Bureau members: up to 32 hours per month.
  • Other members of the Council: 10 hours per month.