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Governing Board

The Governing Board upholds CISV’s  vision, mission and values and ensures that they are reflected in the strategic direction of the organization.

The Governing Board is made up of 9 elected Trustees:

  • Daniel Edelshaim (2017- 20) Chair 
  • Margie Parikh (2015-18) Vice Chair
  • Einav Dinur (2015-2018)
  • Anne-Caroline Paquet (2015-2018)
  • Vinh Prag (2016-2019)
  • Gustavo Cuellar (2016-2019)
  • Calixto Mateos Hanel (2016-2019)
  • Maggs Cabato (2017 - 20)
  • Emmanuel Keates (2017-20)


Secretary General Gabrielle Mandell
Secretary General, Gabrielle Mandell

Gabrielle Mandell was appointed Secretary General in  2000. From Toronto, Canada, Gabrielle is a lawyer with an academic background in history and languages. Most of her career has been spent in the not-for-profit sector and has included public legal education, school peer mediation programmes, social action and interfaith initiatives.

Honorary Counsellors

Honorary Counsellors are individuals with significant experience in the administration of CISV International who have decided to reduce their level of active participation in the work of CISV International. They are elected by the CISV International Board to recognise their distinguished service to CISV International and so that their expertise and global perspective can be shared for the benefit of CISV.

Once elected, they are non-voting members of the Board and may be asked to take on a variety of advisory roles.
Current Honorary Counsellors

Catherine Knoop, CISV USA

Arne Lankoff, CISV Germany

Ruth Lund, CISV Denmark

Gunvor Nordlund, CISV Sweden

Hinrich Fock,CISV Sweden

Nati Toribio, CISV Philippines

Jim Beaumont, CISV Great Britain

David Lister, CISV Great Britain

Peter McKay, CISV Great Britain

Junko Imanishi, CISV Japan

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