Biographies of CSAHR Speakers

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Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Elena Ippoliti

Ms. Ippoliti works in the Methodology, Education and Training Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner forHuman Rights (Geneva). Since 1995, she has been working at the Office on several human rightseducation and training activities. Her responsibilities have included design, organization, conduct and participation as a facilitator in various training courses; provision of methodological assistance to related Office activities; development of training materials for various professional groups (police, prison officials, legal professionals) and for human rights trainers; and design, development and implementation of relevant international and regional projects, in partnership with relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Before 1995, Ms. Ippoliti worked as assistant lecturer at the Human Rights Chair of the International Free University of Social Studies (LUISS) of Rome, and as a consultant to the Department of Sociology of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She has also collaborated with the Italian National Human Rights Commission and the Italian National Academy of Scientists, and has published several articles on human rights issues. In addition, she has been working with several human rights non-governmental organizations, including Amnesty International-Italy, Amnesty International-USA, Human Rights Watch (USA) and the Italian Refugee Council. Ms. Ippoliti holds a University Degree in Sociology from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs from the Italian Society for International Organization.

Mr. Bradford Smith

Mr. Smith just recently took over as Secretary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and also served as the Secretary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women since August 2010.  Previously he was the Deputy Chief of the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs and also served as a Legal Officer in the Legal Affairs Section of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. 

He has been with the United Nations since 1995.  He holds a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law of the American University and a Masters of Law in International and Comparative Law (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a national of the United States of America, is married and has two daughters.   



Mr. Juan Fernando Núñez

Mr. Juan Fernando Núñez joined the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in April 2010. He currently works as an Associate Human Rights Officer in OHCHR's Methodology, Education and Training Section, where his work focuses on human rights training methodology.  His previous experience includes posts at the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Programme on Youth (New York), and UNICEF's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Panama City). Juan holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Yale University. 


Ms. June Ray

Ms. June Ray is the Chief of the Civil Society Section in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Headquarters in Geneva, a post which she has held since 2007.  The Civil Society Section seeks to strengthen communications and inter-action between OHCHR and civil society worldwide, and to develop strategies and tools to facilitate civil society actors’ access and engagement with the UN Human Rights System.

Ms Ray worked as Head of Office for OHCHR’s offices in Ramallah and Gaza, in the occupied Palestinian territory, between 2004 – 2007.  She had previously worked as an independent human rights consultant, working with NGOs at national, regional and international levels, and was Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa for 10 years. 


Ms. Johanna Wiklund 

Ms. Wiklund is working as Human Rights Officer at the UNA of Sweden in Stockholm. Within the human rights field, UNA Sweden is mainly focusing on issues related to racism. Her main tasks consist of preparing shadow reports to the CERD-Committee in collaboration with other Swedish NGOs, organizing seminars and debates, writing articles and arranging human rights courses.

She holds an LL.M in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights) and a Degree in Political Science and French (University of Uppsala). Before joining UNA Sweden in April 2010 she worked as an external collaborator at the ILO in Geneva, department of Normes.

World Federation of United Nations Associations

Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi 

Mr. Golmohammadi was elected Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations(WFUNA) in August 2009. Previously, Mr. Golmohammadi served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Sweden for eight years. Under his leadership, UNA-Sweden increased its budget from $1 million to $5 million, and expanded its staff from 10 to 30 full-time employees. A new cooperation fund with the corporate sector was set up, which involves multinational companies in long-term partnership ventures. During his tenure, Mr. Golmohammadi introduced several new programmatic initiatives, such as a bilateral international project in more than ten countries including China, Georgia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The projects ranged on issues from the Millennium Development Goals, conflict prevention, human rights and organizational capacity building.

Since 2005, Mr. Golmohammadi has served as President of the UNA Europe Network, coordinating United Nations Associations from all over Europe. He has served or is serving on various advisory boards for Swedish Ministers for Development, international development corporations, UN entities, and civil society organizations. Prior to joining UNA-Sweden, Mr. Golmohammadi worked with consultancy and private businesses in Sweden and the Czech Republic, including developing a national globalization project for high schools, working with publishing as well as project management.

NGO School of Management

Ms. Caroline Tosti

Ms. Caroline Tosti has over 15 years of experience in international development cooperation for the UN and NGOs in communication and event organization. She currently works as a specialist consultant with the Swiss-based organization NGO School of Management where she coordinates trainings for civil society organizations in areas including fundraising, media relations and project management. Her previous working experience includes posts at UN field offices in Albania, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda and Romania. She holds an American Master of Arts and a French Bachelor of Honours.



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