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ICA Board  (1998)

July, 1998
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 5-9)


President - 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 Cooperatives (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 ICAís Agriculture Committee from 1992 to 1995.

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 Unionís International Relations Department since 1987.

Vice-President (Americas) - Miguel Cardozo, Uruguay
Miguel Cardozo has been a leader of the co-operative movement of Uruguay since 1977. He was a founding member of the Savings and Credit Co-operative CACDU and President of COFAC (Federation of Savings and Credit Co-operatives) from 1984 to 1993. Mr. Cardozo was President of CUDECOOP (Confederation of the Co-operatives of Uruguay) from 1988 to 1996 and Honorary President of CUDECOOP since 1997. Member of the Executive Committee of ICBA and Chairman of the ICBA Regional Committee for the Americas, he is now also the Acting Vice-President of the ICA for the Americas.

Vice-President (Asia & Pacific) - 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 Pacific Region.

Vice-President (Africa) - Bernard Wolimbwa
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.

Hon. Senator Rahaiah binte Baheran
holds various positions as Vice-President, Chairperson and Director of Co-operative Organisations in Malaysia. She is a member of the ICA Board, Executive Member of the ICA Global Womenís Committee and Interim Chairperson of the ICA Regional Womenís Committee for Asia and the Pacific. She attended consultations and conferences as a participant and resource person and presented papers on gender integration and development in various countries. She has also participate in the ICA General Assembly since 1992. She is a Member of Parliament, a member of the Senate and various Councils in Malaysia.

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.

Ousseynou Dieng
was born on 16 February 1954 in Saint-Louis (Senegal). Received an MA in Co-operation from Sherbrooke University in Canada and subsequently acquired a solid experience in the management and administration of co-operatives. Mr. Dieng is Director of the National Union of Agricultural Co-ops in Senegal and Chairman of the Regional Council of ICA Regional Office for West Africa.

Valentin F. Ermakov
born in the Rostov Region of Russia in 1929, Mr. Ermakov graduated from the All-union Institute of Soviet Trade in 1960. He has been President of Centrosoyus of the Russian Federation since 1982. Previously, Mr. Ermakov has held several positions in the consumer co-operative movement including as instructor-auditor, bookkeeper, and Chairman of the board for both district and regional consumer co-operative organisations. He has participated in ICA General Assembly and is a member of the ICA European Council since 1995.

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 Wohnungswirtschaft (GdW), the Federation of the German Housing Industry. He is also Chairman of the Labour Unions of the Hamburg Housing Industry.

Hiroshi Kohno
is Executive Director, JA-Zenchu, Japan. He joined the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives in 1990 as Managing Director and is now Administrator of the International, Agricultural and Political Departments. Mr. Kohno began his career with the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations (JA-Zenchu) in 1958 after graduating from Kyushu University in 1958 where he majored in agricultural economy.

Stefania Marcone
was born in Rome in 1959. She is currently Director of International Relations Office for Legacoop in Rome. She joined Legacoop in 1987 as liaison officer with the ICA and other international co-operative organisations. From 1983 to 1987, she served as Officer of external Relations at the Italian National bank, and from 1987 to 1992 she was President of `Women in Co-operative Societiesí and was involved in organising congresses and related services. Ms. Marcone graduated from Rome University with a degree in Political Science.

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. In 1998 he was elected Chairman of NCBA.

Cyril Moravcik
was borne on 19 July 1940. After completing agricultural studies at the University of Brno he started working in Slovak agriculture as an economist and then became President of the agricultural co-operative (1985). Now he is the Vice-President of the Association of the Employers Union and Associations of Slovak Republic. Since 1993 he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Agricultural Organisation of the ICA and became a member of the ICA Board in 1997.

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.

Ivan Prikryl
was born on 31 January 1949. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. From 1979, he was in charge of legal matters of the co-operative housing society of Litomerice. In 1991 he was elected President of the Union of Czech and Moravian Housing Co-operatives. Mr. Prikryl is currently President of the Co-operative Association of the Czech Republic. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of ICA Housing Co-operatives.

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 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.

Llyod Wilkinson
is Chief Executive and General Secretary, Co-operative Union Ltd., United Kingdom, a position he has held since being appointed in 1974, previously having served as the Unionís research Officer and Assistant General Secretary. Since 1974 he has been extensively involved with the Alliance on behalf of the UK Movement, having served on the Research Officers Group and the Consumersí Committee. From 1983-1988 he was an elected member of the Executive Committee (now the Board) of the ICA. He is also an Executive Committee member of the ICCO and a Vice Chairman of EUROCOOP.

Churll-Hee Won
was born in 1938 and is currently Chairman and President of the National Agricultural Co-operative Federation (NACF) of South Korea. Previously, he represented the national co-operative movement as Chairman of the National Co-operative Council of Korea  (NCCK), which serves ten national level co-operatives representing 14 million members. Mr. Churll-Hee Won has been Vice President of the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) since 1995, and is currently its President.

(Biographies and photographs had not yet been received from the two most recently co-opted Board members, Ms. Padanou and Ms. Portillo, when this Annual Report went to print).