officers and staff
Bio: Eva Holmberg-Herrström
Eva Holmberg-Herrström was elected President of the ICSW in December 2015. Since 2012 she has been serving as a member of the ICSW Management Committee. Ms. Holmberg-Herrström was instrumental in organizing the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development in Stockholm in 2012, serving as a focal point and Coordinator of the Conference. Prior to that appointment for four years she served as the President of ICSW-Europe.
Her professional carrier has been strongly linked to education; she taught social work at Stockholm and Gävle Universities. A lawyer by education, she also worked as a Student Counselor and international project manager. She was closely involved in the organization of two thematic world conferences on children in institutions, co-sponsored by Stockholm University and UNICEF in 1999 and 2003. Eva is well familiar with the NGO world—for several years she worked for the Swedish office of “Save the Children”, as a chair of the local chapter in Trelleborg and member of the national board of the organization.
Prof. PK Shajahan
Bio: Prof. PK Shajahan
Prof. Shajahan is currently Professor of Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, India. He has held key leadership positions at TISS as Dean for Social Protection, Dean for Students' Affairs, Chairperson of the Centre for Community Organisation and Development Practice, Chairperson of the South Asia Centre for Studies in Conflicts, Peace and Human Security, and Member of the Academic Council.
In addition to being the ICSW South Asia Regional President (2014-2018) he is currently a Member-at-Large of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), a Founding Member of the Critical Edge Alliance (CEA) - a global alliance of universities promoting critical and innovative approaches to higher education (www.criticaledgealliance.com) - and Solidarity Economy Reciprocity and Social Innovation (SERESI) - a global think tank on Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation, and Member of the EMES International Research Network on Social Enterprises (https://emes.net/). He is a Trustee of several non-governmental organisations in India working in the field of Social Development and Social Policies as well as a member of the Institutional Ethics committees of several academic and research institutions in India.
His areas of expertise include, Participatory Development; Social Innovation; Social Protection and Social Policies; Diversity, Social Cohesion and Inclusive Development; Community and Civic Engagement; and Youth Development.
Bio: Emmanuel Ndlangamandla
Mr Emmanuel Ndlagamandla, MBA, is Executive Director for the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations in Swaziland (CANGO), a main body aimed at coordinating the activities of NGOs in the country, building the capacity of its members to fulfil their organization-specific mandates and to influence national and international policies through advocacy.
Since 1989 he has worked in the NGO environment, actively promoting human rights, social inclusion, social protection of the vulnerable groups and fighting poverty. He has vast experience in the resource-mobilization area and in working with donor community.
He has been a regional treasurer for the ICSW in the East and South African Region, as well as for the SADC Council of NGOs.
Dr Cassandra Goldie
Bio: Dr Cassandra Goldie
Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service since July 2010. With public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, Cassandra has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged, and civil society generally, in major national and international processes, as well as in grassroots communities.
Cassandra has previously held senior roles in both the not-for-profits and public sectors, including as Director of Sex and Age Discrimination with the Australian Human Rights Commission, Director and Principal Solicitor with the Darwin Community Legal Service and Senior Executive with Legal Aid in Western Australia.
Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Law from University College London and is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Law at UNSW.
In 2014, Cassandra was voted one of the Impact 25 Most Influential People in the Social Economy and recognised by the Australian Financial Review in 2015 on their Annual Overt Power List. In 2018, Cassandra was recognised as one of Australia’s top 50 Outstanding LGBTI Executives by Deloitte.
Supervisory & Advisory Board - Regional Presidents
Central and West Africa
Bio: Amacodou Diouf
Mr Amacodou Diouf is the Head of the Senegalese development association Action humaine pour le développement intégré au Sénégal (AHDIS). An economist by training, he oversees the work of his organization in providing assistance to local communities in the areas of agriculture, education, capacity building, financing and developing sustainable structures on the ground. Since 2012 he has also been the President of the National Civil Society Consortium (CONGAD), an umbrella platform uniting 178 national and international NGOs.
Mr Diouf actively promotes cooperation on issues of social welfare in the West and Central African region, maintaining partnerships with many civil society organizations regionally and globally.
As a representative of civil society Mr Diouf is actively involved in advocacy work at the national level and is deeply engaged in the activities of some key public institutions in his country -- he is a member of the Environmental, Social and Economic Council of Senegal and also a member of the anti-fraud and anti-corruption Office of the Republic of Senegal.
His organization joined the ICSW in 1996; Mr Diouf served as the ICSW Regional President earlier and was elected to this position again in 2018.
East and Southern Africa
Bio: Taylor Nyanhete
Rev. Fr. Taylor Nyanhete is the National Director of Zimbabwe National for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC). He has more than 30 years of non-profit experience in the areas of management, socio-economic development and social protection advocacy, including children rights. Working actively at the community level, he has led numerous social change initiatives addressing child welfare, the prevention of gender violence, and the promotion of family well-being. He has much experience addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, particularly persons with disabilities, providing spiritual guidance and family counseling. He is an Ordained Minister of Religion in the Episcopal Anglican Church. He is also the Organizing Secretary of the Zimbabwe Association of Professional Counselors and Family Therapists (ZAPCFT) and Executive Committee member of the Child Rights Network of Southern Africa (CRNSA).
Working actively in the area of public advocacy, Rev Nyanhete is guided by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child ACRWC), as well as the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Currently, he is lobbying for the alignment of the nation’s laws on children with the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Middle East and North Africa
Bio: Driss Guerraoui
Mr Driss Gueraoui is Secretary-General of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco. The Council is an independent body committed to building constructive dialogues with all stakeholders in society and striving to find mutually acceptable solutions to the most acute socio-economic problems.
Mr Guerraoui combines his job with academic pursuits, teaching courses on economic and social development at the University in Rabat. Being actively engaged in welfare reforms and the quest for the improvement of living standards in his country and in the Middle East and North Africa region, Prof. Guerraoui plays an active role in the civil society organization Reseau du Maroc, which is affiliated with the ICSW. He served as the ICSW Regional President earlier and was elected to this position again in 2018.
During his public service career he served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of his country and has occupied many other high-level positions in the Government.
Dr Sanjai Bhatt
Bio: Dr Sanjai Bhatt
Prof Sanjai Bhatt has worked at the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi, since 1993. He received a Master’s and Doctorate in Social Work and Law degree from Lucknow University.
Prof Bhatt is associated with a number of social movements and civil society organizations in various capacities, such as Chairperson, the Center for Community Economics and Development Consultant Society, Jaipur; South Asian Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Development, New Delhi; South Asia Partnership (SAP India); Association of Schools of Social Work in India (ASSWI), Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India (PAIRVI) working for human rights and social justice; and SOHAM - an NGO working with deprived children. He is President of National Association of Professional Workers in India (NAPSWI), and also founder Vice President of India Network of Professional Social Work Associations (INPSWA), which is now affiliated the the International Federation of Social Workers. Recently, he has been selected as Ambassador for Global Social Social Service Network. He is a member of various Government Committees and a board member of many NGOs, educational bodies and academic journals.
He has initiated many innovative projects- one very well recognized titled University for Development Action and Integrated Learning (UDAI) for relief and rehabilitation of disaster- affected communities. His areas of interest are non-profit organizations, social work education, social policy and legislation, social security, occupational social work, work and well-being.
He has attended a significant number of national and international seminars/ Conferences. His thesis, “The 4 W’s (Water, Work, Waste and Women) in the Development Paradigm”, is widely accepted in academic circles. The Indian Social Science Association recently conferred on him the “Professor V. K. R. V. Rao Memorial Life-Time Achievement Award 2017”.
South East Asia and the Pacific
Bio: Chinchai Cheechoroen
Chinchai Cheecharoen is the Regional President of the International Council on Social Welfare in the South East Asia and the Pacific region. He has held key positions at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand as Director of the Promotion and Network Cooperation Section, Director of the National Center for Giving and Volunteering, Director of the Center for Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Deputy Director of the National Commission on Promotion of Social Welfare as the Specialist on Social Development and Human Security Standards. In his last position at the Ministry he acted as Technical Adviser on Social Development.
Mr Chinchai Cheecharoen is currently a Board Member of the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand, the First Vice President of the Thai Council of Social Work Profession. He also joined the High Level Task Force on the Draft Socio-Cultural Blueprint for ASEAN Vision 2025, and acts as the focal point for the Sustainable Development Goals for the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.
He is also one of the co-authors of “Philanthropy and Law in Asia: A Comparative Study of the Non-profit Legal Systems in Ten Asia Pacific Societies.”
North East Asia
Chua Hoi Wai
Bio: Chua Hoi Wai
Mr. Chua Hoi-wai is the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), which represents over 460 non-governmental social services organisations. The HKCSS aims at building a socially sustainable society through enhancing social services and policies development and promoting cross-sectoral collaboration.
Mr. Chua has participated in a number of advisory or statutory bodies of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is currently a member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, the Elderly Commission and the Advisory Committee on Mental Health. He was also a founding director of a number of civil society organizations or social enterprises, such as the Hong Kong People’s Council on Sustainable Development, and Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong.
Mr. Chua is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong in Mechanical Engineering. He studied for Master’s of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is now a social worker by profession. He was the President of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association (2004 – 2008).
Bio: Ronald Wiman
Ronald Wiman (Finland) has acted as the ICSW Regional President for Europe since August 2017 and Chair of the Finnish ICSW Committee since 2018. He was Chief Social Policy Expert at the Finnish Government’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) until his retirement in July 2017. While retired he continues at THL, as emeritus part-time Visiting Scholar.
He has held various management and expert positions at the THL and at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Additionally, he worked for five years for the UN (in UNDP Ghana and in the UN Office in Vienna) and three years with the Namibian Government. Furthermore, he has had many short-term assignments with a number of international organizations. His special fields and publications include such areas as global social policy, sustainable development, development cooperation planning, the rights of people with disabilities, international migration and poverty of children. He has been Editor-in-Chief of two websites: www.thl.fi/gsp-info and www.thl.fi/eu-sps . He has cooperated with the ICSW since late 1980s in Finland and on global arenas.
North America and Caribbean
Ms. Joyce Higashi
Bio: Joyce Higashi
President, Northern Region of the ICSW, comprised of Canada, Jamaica, and the United States.
Joyce A Higashi, MSW, DCSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples residing in the Washington, DC/Arlington, VA area. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Metro Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for twenty years. The Chapter Advocacy Program focused on issues coming before the DC Board of Social Work and the Council for the District of Columbia. During that time the Chapter held 9 conferences and sponsored over 170 workshops and special programs. She has been accepted into membership as a Pioneer in the National Association of Social Workers in Washington D.C., among those who “have prepared the way for thousands of other social workers to make their contributions to the betterment of the human condition”.
Still earlier, Joyce lived and worked in the state of Utah, where she split her time over 9 years working as Executive Director for the Utah Chapter of NASW and also as family therapist and classroom supervisor for The Childrens Center, a treatment program for pre-school children. She was elected to the Granite Board of Education, which received national recognition during her service of four years.
Ms. Nélsida Marmolejos
Bio: Nélsida Marmolejos
Nélsida Marmolejos is Director of the Office of Social Security Information and Legal Protection (DIDA) in the Dominican Republic. She holds a master degree in Public Administration and BA in Political Science from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). She is ICSW Regional President for Latin America since 2014.
As a public servant she is actively involved in all issues related to social protection and social security in her country, in such areas as health care, protection of children and pensioners, and providing specific information about the legal rights of the citizens. She is also highly engaged in NGO circles and in various civil society activities locally and regionally.
Actively participating in trade union movement at the early stages of her public career Nélsida Marmolejos was the first woman in the country to lead two of the most important trade union federations in Dominican Republic. She was elected to national parliament and served two consecutive terms, taking part in the adoption of several key legal instruments in social area. She also worked on promotion of national dialogues and was elected a Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Bio: Dr Sergei Zelenev
Sergei Zelenev (MBA, PhD) is the Executive Director of the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the Special Representative of the ICSW to the UN.
Before assuming his position at the ICSW in 2012, Dr. Zelenev worked for almost three decades for the United Nations, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field, in Africa (twice) and in the Caribbean. His international career with the UN Secretariat involved a range of assignments, in the analytical and intergovernmental policy fields, with progressively widening managerial responsibilities. In his capacity as the Chief of the Social Integration Branch at UN/DESA he was responsible for social inclusion issues and policies; as the Director of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women he dealt extensively with gender mainstreaming and empowerment issues. He has written extensively in the areas of socio-economic policy, ageing, youth and intergenerational relationships and directed numerous UN studies on key policy issues. He also participated in many international events, symposia and conferences, making key-note presentations on social issues of international significance.
Dr. Zelenev is a graduate of MGIMO-University in Moscow, Russia, and New York University (NYU), US. He taught courses at Cornell University and NYU in the US, and has been a visiting professor at MGIMO- University since 2013.
Bio: Roselyn Nakirya
By education Roselyn is a leadership trainer. She completed her Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Relations and BA (Arts) at Makerere University, Uganda. Her strengths lie in writing, resource mobilization, documentation, proposal writing and accounting.
Ms. Nakirya held several positions before she joined the International Council on Social Welfare. She worked as a District Support Coordinator/National Facilitator in the community Capacity Building (CCB) Programme, assisting in the preparation of training Modules and facilitated in the training of trainers for the targeted districts. She also monitored and evaluated programme activities and assisted in developing participatory planning and monitoring systems.
Ms. Nakirya worked as a programme officer and grants manager for the Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment - an NGO operating in Uganda and implements a number of Agricultural projects funded by the Winrock International, the Ford Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.
Ms. Nakirya worked as a researcher in the Nation Wide surveys implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Planning - The Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 1995 funded by USAID, The Social Dimension of Adjustment Project funded by the World Bank and the National household survey funded by the World Bank.