International Exectutive Committee
International Executive Committee
The International Executive Committee upholds CISV’s
vision, mission and values and ensures that they are reflected in the
day-to-day management and operations of the organization. Together with
the Secretary General, they are responsible for the management and
administration of CISV International on both an operational and
Elected at the Annual International Meeting in 2010, the current CISV International Executive Committee members are:
From right to left, Pilar Villanueva, Basma Hosny, Brett Vottero, Chris Pollock, Laura Green.
President, Brett Vottero
Brett is a lawyer in Massachusetts, USA. He has practised for over 25 years, primarily as a criminal prosecutor. He started his CISV career as an 11-year-old delegate to a Village and participated in many other activities. He has been involved in his Chapters, his National Association and, internationally, has worked on constitutional developments, served as risk manager, and spearheaded the establishment of our captive insurance company CISV International Insurance Company in order to provide effectively for our insurance needs in the coming decades.
Vice-President, Chris Pollock
Chris is a Canadian doctor, currently located in Vancouver and completing his specialty training in Ophthalmology. Like Brett, Chris also participated in a CISV Village at age 11 and went on to other programmes and several roles within CISV Canada. He served on the International Finance Committee, which he chaired from 2004 to 2009.
Executive Trustee, Basma Hosny
Basma is from Cairo, Egypt and has studied mass communication, psychology and education management. Currently, she works as Career Advisor at a University. Another Village participant, Basma took part in many programmes as a delegate and volunteer. She was instrumental in setting up a Junior Branch in Egypt and later served on the International Summer Camp Committee, chairing it from 2007 to 2010.
Executive Trustee, Laura Green
Laura is a teacher from Sheffield, UK, with a degree in design and art direction and an interest in NGO marketing. Laura also started out in CISV as a Village participant and went on to participate and organize other programmes and training workshops. She has been very active with CISV Great Britain, serving as International Trustee, and has served on several International Committees and taskforces, most recently reviewing our fee structures and international meeting practices.
Executive Trustee Pilar Villanueva
Pilar is an entrepreneur from Manila, in the Philippines. She is now working from home and focusing on family. As with all her Executive colleagues, Pilar took part in a Village as an 11-year-old. She eventually took a break from CISV, but returned in 1986 and hasn’t looked back. She has been involved in her Chapter, in her National Association and internationally, particularly in supporting the growth and development of CISV Chapters in Asia-Pacific.
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
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
Raymond Shrader, CISV USA
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