President of the United Regions Organization (ORU Fogar) and President of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Regional Council, Morocco
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and SIDS
President of FAMSI, President of Provincial Deputation of Huelva and Secretary General of the PSOE party in Huelva, Spain
Abdessamad Sekkal is the President of the United Regions Organization (ORU Fogar), the President of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Regional Council (Morocco), the Treasurer of the Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM) and the President of the working group “Economic Development” of the International Association of Francophone Regions (AIRF).
Mr. Sekkal is also the director of a research center on distribution and urbanism and manager of diverse private and public entities, in charge of urbanism, urban distribution and territorial development.
For the position of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Secretary-General of the United Nations selected Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga on 12 April 2017 who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonga from January 2017.
Ms. ‘Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of the OHRLLS and on building consensus among key stakeholders.
She was previously Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2015), Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016), Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015), Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009), and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).
Hugo Siles Núñez del Prado is the Vice Minister of Autonomies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Siles is a political scientist and was councilor of the municipality of Santa Cruz.
The Vice Minister studied at the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina). He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Trade. He has also taught at the Gabriel René Moreno University (UAGRM).
Ignacio Caraballo is specialist in Tourism Businesses. Born in Chucena (Huelva) in 1953, has been Mayor of Chucena from 1991 to 2008, and is currently councilor of Institutional Relations. Has also been Deputy Provincial from 1999, and also in the Diputation of Huelva, President of SGTH (Service Tax Management of Huelva), member of Information Systems Area and sports, vice president of the area of municipal policies and territorial development.
He has been President of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board since 2009, and Vice President of the Commission of the County Councils of FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) from 2011 to 2015, and 3rd Vicepresident of FAMP (Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces).
He is the current President of the Diputación Provincial of Huelva, and the President of FAMSI (Andalusian Fund of municipalities for the International Solidarity), since 2013.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca was elected president of Cabo Verde after a decisive second-round victory in August 2011 beating the ruling party candidate. He was the candidate of the main opposition party MFD (Movement for Democracy).
He graduated in Law and has a Master’s degree in Legal Sciences from the University of Lisbon. From 1975 to 1977 he was the Director General of Emigration followed by the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cabo Verde (1977-1979). The next decade he almost entirely devoted to his academic career as graduate teaching assistant at the faculty of law of the university of Lisbon, invited professor at the institute of Forensic Medicine of Lisbon and from 1989 to 1990 was a resident director and invited associate professor at the Law and Public Administration Course at the University of Macau.
He returned to politics in 1991 as minister of Foreign Affairs in the first government of the second republic of Cabos Verde and eventually in 2011 successfully won the presidency of the country.
Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau is the President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the largest organisation of local governments in the world.
Parks Tau is the former Mayor of Johannesburg (2011-2016) and he is also chairs the South African Association of Local Governments (SALGA).
He is a member of the African National Congress, and was the second democratically elected mayor, after Amos Masondo, of the Unified City of Johannesburg.
As mayor, Tau described a livable city as “a place that creates opportunities for everybody who wants to access the city, its cultural, social and economic amenities”. During his time in office, Tau focused on continuing the work of his predecessor, expanding the public transport system, and committing to a ZAR 100 million infrastructure programme, rolled out citywide free Internet access, and added the Jozi@Work employment scheme.
Parks Tau is also the Co-President of Metropolis, Member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee and Deputy Chair of the UN Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities.
In 2017, Mr. Parks Tau was appointed Co-Chair of the United Nations Independent High-Level Panel on the Enhancement of UN Habitat.
Mr. Óscar Humberto Evora Santos is the Mayor of Praia, Cabo Verde, since 2016. Prior to assuming this position, he was the Councilor on Finance and Trade of the city of Cabo Verde, from 2008 until 2016.
From 2002 to 2008, he was a Technical Advisor of the Bank of Cabo Verde, where he was the Coordinator of the Economic Studies Area, Analyst of the national and international economic environment and member of the Monetary Policy Committee.
As a consultant, Mr. Santos has produced several evaluation studies on Social Promotion Services and Employment. He is also a Professor of Economics in the Jean Piaget University and in the ISCEE.
He holds a master in Economics, with specialization on International Trade and Finance, from The American University, Washington, D.C.-USA.
Patrick Keuleers is the Director of UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York. He brings over 30 years of experience in international development, being based in New York, West and Central Africa and the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining the UN in 1984 he worked for a law firm and for the Ministry of Finance in Belgium.
Manuel Monteiro de Pina, President of the National Association of Municipalities of Cabo Verde (ANMCV)