Bureau of the UN-Women Executive Board

The Bureau of the UN-Women Executive Board is constituted by a President and four Vice-Presidents. Each member of the Bureau represents one of the five regional groups, and is elected by the Executive Board each year from among its members, with the presidency rotating among the regional groups on an annual basis. Each group holds the presidency once during a period of five years.

2017 Bureau of the Executive Board


H.E. Ms. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations 


  • Ms. Gail Farngalo, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ms. Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the United Nations 
  • Mr. Shiraz Arif Mohamed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations
  • Mr. Nicolas Randin, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations
UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2017
From left: Secretary of the Executive Board Jean-Luc Bories, and Executive Board Bureau members, Vice-President Shiraz Arif Mohamed, Vice-President Gail Farngalo, President Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Vice-President Ivana Pajević, and Vice-President Nicolas Randin. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

The Bureau works closely with the Secretariat of the Executive Board to implement its primary functions. These include preparations and organization of formal Executive Board meetings, facilitation of transparent decision-making and promotion of dialogue between Member States and UN-Women. Members of the Bureau are responsible for informing and consulting with their respective regional group on issues pertaining to the Executive Board proceedings.

The Bureau has mostly an information sharing role and does not have authority to make decisions on substantive matters. The Bureau considers issues related to the agenda, documentation and the structure of Board meetings. It meets on a monthly basis and daily during the Executive Board sessions. Its work is indispensable to the smooth and efficient functioning of the Board.

The Bureau coordinates with the Bureau of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other governing bodies of UN operational entities, especially on joint reporting to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment, in accordance with A/RES/48/162 indicating the oversight functions of ECOSOC.

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