ICA Board (1997)

This document has been made available in electronic format
by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
July, 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.90 No.2 - Annual Report 1996-1997, pp.6-9)

Members of the ICA Board

President - Graham Melmoth
Elected ICA President at ICA's Centennial Congress in 
Manchesterin 199, became Chief Executive Officer of the 
Co-operative Wholesale Society in Manchester in 1996. He 
is a Director of the Co-operative Bank, Unity Trust Bank 
and Co-operative Press and was formerly ICA Vice-President 
for Europe.

Vice-President (Europe) - Lars Hillbom
Born 17 February 1946, was elected ICA Vice-President 
for the European Region in 1995. Board member of several 
ICA specialised organisations, he is also Chairman for 
the ICA European Council.Mr. Hillbom has been Head of 
the Swedish Co-operative Union's International Relations 
Department since 1987.

Vice-President (Americas) - Roberto Rodrigues
Roberto Rodrigues was born in Brazil in 1942 and became 
Director of a sugar cane planters co-operative in 1971. 
In 1985 he was elected President of the Organization of 
the Brazilian Co-operatives(OCB)for two consecutive 
mandates (1985 to 1991). He founded and presided 
over the EXIMCOOP (1990-1993), a co-operative trading
company. Elected Vice-President for the Americas in 1992, 
he was also Chair of the ICA's Agriculture Committee from 
1992 to 1995.

Vice-President (Asia & Pacific) - Hakaru Toyoda
Born 15 November 1926, he is Senior Adviser to the Central Union
of Agricultural Co-operatives as well as President of Tochi
gi Prefectural Economic, Credit, Mutual Insurance and 
Welfare Federations of the Agricultural Co-operatives. 
Chairman and member of different co-operative boards in 
Japan, he replaced Mitsugu Horiuchi,as ICA Vice-President
 for Asia & Pacific in 1994.

Vice-President (Africa) - Hon. B. Wolimbwa, MP
Was born on February 2, 1939, in the Mbale District of 
Uganda.Since his graduation in 1969 has been a teacher,
 a coffee farmer, co-operative leader and a politician. 
A Board member of the Uganda Co-operative Bank Ltd and 
Chair of the Uganda Co-operative Alliance Board (UCA), 
he is also Chairman of the Regional Council for the ICA 
Regional Office for East, Central and Southern Africa.

Ivano Barberini
Was born in Modena on May 18, 1939 and has worked for 
The Consumer Co-operative Movement since 1961. From 
1979 to 1996 he was President of the National 
Association of Consumer Co-operative and President of 
Eurocoop since 1991. He has been President of the 
National League of co-operatives since 1996. He is 
substituting on the ICA Board for Giancarlo Pasquini, who 
resigned in 1996 after being elected to the Italian Senate.

Claude Beland
Born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1932, he has been President 
of the Mouvement des caisses Desjardins and a member of 
the Steering Committee of the International Raiffeisen Union 
since 1987. He is also a member of the ICA Board and 
President of the International Co-operative Banking 
Association since 1995.

Yang Deshou
Is Vice-President of the Supervisory Committee of the 
All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives 
where he has worked in various capacities since 1950. He 
has been a member of the ICA Board since 1986 and served 
for the last two years as Chairman of the Executive Council
of the Asia and the Pacific Region.

Jens Heiser
Born 30 September 1938, is Chairman of the Executive 
Committee of Baugenossenschaft Dennerstrasse-Selbsthilfe eG 
and member of the Executive Committee of Gesamtverband der 
ohnungswirtschaft (GdW), the Federation of the German Housing 
Industry. He is also Chairman of the Labour Unions of the 
Hamburg Housing Industry.

Raija Itkonen
Was born in Helsinki in 1939 and began her co-op career 
in 1964. She is responsible for international relations of the Finnish 
Consumer Co-operative Association FCCA, has been a member of 
the ICA Women's Committee since 1978, a member of the 
ICA Board since 1984, and was Vice-President of the ICA 
from 1991 to 1993.

Ota Karen
Was born in 1931 and has worked in the co-operative 
Movement since 1952. After partition of the Czechoslovak 
Federation, Mr. Karen was elected President of the 
Co-operative Association of the Czech Republic. Since 
1990, he has also been a member of the ICA Board and 
President of the COOP-Network. Since September, 1995, 
he has been the Vice-President of ICA Europe.

David O. Miller
Is a Director of the Nationwide Insurance Company. 
He is on the Boards of several other Nationwide affiliates and 
subsidiaries, including Farmland Insurance Company. A 
Director of the National Co-operative Business Association 
and Co-operative Business International, he has been a 
member of the ICA Board since 1993.

Holger Hasle Nielsen
Was born in Denmark in 1938 and began his career with the 
Co-operative Movement in 1964. He has been Secretary General 
of the Federation of Danish Co-operatives since 1978 and 
has held a number of positions on various committees and 
boards including DANIDA and COGECA. He became a member of 
the ICA Board in 1993.

Yehudah Paz
Was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 27 September 1931, 
and has lived in Israel since October 1950. For 
many years Director of the International Institute 
of the Histadrut, he is also Chairman of the ICA 
Global Committee on Human Resource Development.

Etienne Pflimlin
Was born 16 October 1941. He has served as President 
of Credit Mutuel Centre East Europe and of the Banque 
Federative du Credit Mutuel (BFCM) since 1985 as well 
as President of Credit Mutuel since 1987, 
Vice-President of Groupement National de la Cooperation 
since 1991 and Vice-President of IRU (International 
Raiffeisen Union) since 1992. He is President of the 
European Regional Committee of the International 
Co-operative Banking Association (ICBA) and Vice-President 
of the European Association Of Co-operative Banks.

B.S. Vishwanathan
Was born in India in 1934 and has held a number of high 
offices in the co-operative movement at State and National 
levels. He became Vice-President of the Governing Council of 
the National Co-operative Union of India in 1974 and 
served as president from 1978 till 1981 and then from 
1990 till the present. He is also First Chairman of 
the National Co-operative Bank of India. Mr. Vishwanathan 
is currently Vice-Chair of ICBA and CICOPA and also serves 
on the Board of the International Raiffeisen Union.