Board and Council
The South Centre Council of Representatives
All Member Countries of the South Centre are represented by a high-level Representative in the Council of Representatives.
The Council is the highest governing body of the South Centre. It reviews the work programme presented by the Executive Director and the budgets and accounts presented by the Board. The Council gives the Executive Director, the Board Members and the Board Chairperson general advice and specific recommendations to guide the activities of the South Centre.
The Council also appoints the nine Board Members and elects the South Centre’s Chairperson.
Chairperson of the South Centre Board
The Board is made up of nine members, plus the Chairperson, all highly distinguished individuals from the South. They act in their personal capacity and not as representatives of their countries. The Chairperson and the Board Members, who work pro bono, manage and direct the Centre. They are responsible to the Member Countries through the Council of Representatives.
The Chairperson is elected for a three-year term by the Council of Representatives. The Chair is elected from among nominated candidates known for their independence of mind, meritorious experience, intellectual ability and leadership qualities.
To date, the South Centre’s Chairpersons have been:
|2018-||Thabo Mvuyelwa MBEKI||South Africa|
|2006-2018||Benjamin William MKAPA||United Republic of Tanzania|
|2002-2003||Gamani COREA||Sri Lanka|
|2000-2002 (a.i.)||Luis Fernando JARAMILLO||Colombia|
|1995-1999||Mwalimu Julius K. NYERERE||United Republic of Tanzania|
Board Members of the South Centre
Board members are appointed by the Council of Representatives for three-year terms. The Chairperson and the Board direct and supervise the operation of the South Centre and its Secretariat, and approve its activities and work programme. They are in charge of approving the financial management of the South Centre, the fund-raising programme, the budget and the yearly audited accounts. The Board normally meets twice a year.
Its Chairperson and Members, as well as the Convenor of the Council of Representatives are in permanent contact, with the Secretariat serving as a nodal point.
The current Board Members are:
|2014-present||Omar E. EL-ARINI||Egypt|
|2021-present||Penina Oniviel MLAMA||Tanzania|