Executive Committee

WILPF Executive Committee (ExCom) is composed of the International President, four Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, and the Secretary General. If you want to contact the Executive Committee, please send an email at 2excom (a) wilpf.ch.

In the period 2015 – 2018 the ExCom consists of:  

Kozue Akibayashi , International President & Asia Pacific liaison
Kozue Akibayashi joined WILPF in 2000 and later served as Vice-President from 2007 to 2011. She is Professor at Doshisha University Graduate School of Global Studies in Kyoto, Japan. Her research focuses on the issues of sexual violence by the military in overseas host communities, militarism, militarisation and demilitarisation, and decolonisation, analysing them from a gender perspective.
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Kerry McGovern, International Treasurer
Besides being the International Treasurer of WILPF, Kerry McGovern is also the Treasurer of the Australian Chapter of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH). She has a Master of Philosophy in Governance and a Master in Public Administration. Kerry McGovern is an expert in public sector governance, asset and financial management.



Catia Confortini, International Vice President & Americas liaison
Catia Confortini has been a member of WILPF since 2004. She is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the contribution of women’s peace activism to peace studies as an academic field and as a practice, and on global health justice.



Joy Ada Onyesoh, International Vice President & Africa liaison
Next to being the Vice-President of WILPF, Joy Ada Onyesoh serves as the President of WILPF Nigeria. She is currently researching for her Doctoral Degree in Transformative Studies and studying for a Bachelor of Law degree. Joy Ada Onyesoh has over fifteen years of experience working with women from diverse cultural and philosophical background and is committed to the substantive participation of women in peace processes in Nigeria.


Margrethe Kvam Tingstad, International Vice President & Europe liaison
Margrethe Tingstad has been a member of WILPF for more than 30 years. She is also the Council Leader of the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue, a board member of the Norwegian Peace Council, and since 2000 a full time Adviser in research management at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). She has a very broad academic background, from Agri- and Horticulture to International Business Administration to Languages and Communication, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Organisational Theories.


Madeleine Rees, Secretary General & Middle East liaison
Madeleine Rees has been the Secretary General of WILPF since 2010. She began her career  as a lawyer in 1990 and in 1998, she started  working as Head of Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as gender expert for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. From September 2006 to April 2010, she served as the Head of the Women’s Rights and Gender Unit for the OHCHR. Her work involved describing and outlining how men and women can experience events differently, particularly in post-conflict situations.



>> Read the summary of ExCom meetings

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