officers and staff
Bio: Sang-Mok Suh
Dr. Sang-Mok Suh is the Global President of International Council on Social Welfare, a non-governmental organization that embraces the issues of social welfare, social justice and social development, as well as president of the Korea National Council on Social Welfare, the representative body of the private social welfare sector in Korea. Dr. Suh was Member of the Korean National Assembly during 1988-2000. At the National Assembly, he was active in legislation on economic policy issues, working primarily at the Finance and Economy Committee and the Budget Committee. During 1996-97, Dr. Suh served as a high-level advisory board member to the UN Secretary General on Sustainable Development.
During his tenure as Minister of Health and Welfare in the Korean Government in 1993-95, Dr. Suh initiated reforms to the National Health Insurance Plan and the National Pension Scheme and promoted the ‘Osung Bio Industrial Zone Project’.
During 1978-88, Dr. Suh worked for the Korea Development Institute (KDI), which is a government think-tank focused on economic policy formulation. During 1973-78, Dr. Suh worked for the World Bank as an economist.
Dr. Suh received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1974 and B.A. in economics and mathematics from Amherst College in 1969. He received the ‘Sequoia Award’ from Stanford University in 1995 for his distinguished activities as a Stanford alumnus.
Dr. Suh has written widely in socio-economic field. He is the author of many articles and several books on Korean economy, including a book titled Structural Adjustment in a Newly Industrialized Country: Lessons from the Korean Experience (Oxford Press, 1998) and a Korean book titled "Welfarenomics: Road to Sustainable Capitalism and Welfare State in 2013 and The Age of Balance: New Economic, Welfare Paradigm in the Post COVID-19 Era in 2020.
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.
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.
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
Joyce Feng Yen
Bio: Dr. Joyce Yen Feng
Dr. Joyce Yen Feng is the Regional President of the International Council on Social Welfare in the North East Asia region, as well as the president of the National Council of Social Welfare, Taiwan (TCSW) during 2015-2021, the board member from 1997.
Dr. Joyce Yen Feng is Professor in the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University, also the Director of the NTU Child and Family Research Center. She earned her PhD degree of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988.
She conducted researches, published papers, books, book chapters around areas of Child & Family Welfare and NPO developments. In addition to offer consultancy and policy advices to the governments, she has been heavily involved with local NPO’s, such as the Child Welfare League Foundation, the United Way Taiwan, the Red Cross Society of ROC(Taiwan) …, among others, since she returned to Taiwan started to teach at NTU in 1983. The Taiwan NPO self-regulation Alliance was set up via her action research project in 2005, and then had her elected as President 2012-2018. She was recruited to be the National Policy Consultant to the President in 2011-2013, the Minister without Portfolio in charge of Social Welfare Policies of Taiwan’s central government, the Executive Yuan, during 2013-2016.
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
Bio: Lt .Colonel Michele Mathews
President, Northern Region of the ICSW, comprised of Canada, Jamaica, and the United States.
Lt. Colonel Michele Matthews has served as an officer in The Salvation Army for 21 years. Together with her husband, Ward, they served 12 years in various communities in the southern USA leading Salvation Army operations. For 4 years they served at the regional office for the Caribbean Territory, located in Kingston, Jamaica. Michele served as the Chief Development Officer, responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the many community development projects that the Army was implementing throughout 16 countries in the Caribbean.
Later they were appointed to the USA Southern Territorial Headquarters where Michele served as the Territorial Pathway of Hope Director, responsible for the implementation of the new national initiative across the southeast US that is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
In January 2018, they began work at The Salvation Army’s National Office in Alexandria, Virginia, where Michele currently serves as the National Director of Social Services and Public Policy. One of the highlights of this position was being introduced to and becoming engaged with the US Committee of the ICSW.
Cristina Riscalla Madi
Bio: Cristina Riscalla Madi
Cristina Riscalla Madi foi eleita Presidente do ICSW Regional América Latina em novembro de 2020. Desde 2018 ela vem servindo como vice presidente regional da América latina realizando pré-conferências com países da América Latina com objetivo de reunir trabalhos relevantes a serem apresentados nas conferencias internacionais.
Sua carreira profissional esta baseada no trabalho junto ao Serviço Social do Comercio – SescSP, instituição privada sem fins lucrativos, criada e mantida pelas empresas de comercio, bens e serviços em prol de seus trabalhadores com vistas ao seu bem estar e melhoria da qualidade de vida. Coordena atualmente os programas socioeducativos da instituição principalmente direcionados aos idosos, crianças e jovens, diversidade cultural e direitos humanos. Como base de sua ação, estão os objetivos de discutir, ampliar e promover os movimentos de bem estar social com a preocupação de minimizar preconceitos, atentar para as desigualdades e promover sociedades mais saudáveis e justas.
Cristina Riscalla Madi was elected presidente of ICSW regional latin américa in november 2020. Since 2018 she has been serving as regional vice presidente of latin américa holding pre conferences with countries in latin américa in order to gather relevant papers to bem presented at international conferences.
Her professional career is based on working with the Social Service of Commerce – SESCSP, a private non-profit institution created and maintained by companys of commerce and services on behalf of its workers with a view to their well-being and improving the quality of life.
Currently coordinates the institutions´s socio -educational programas mainly aimed at the elderly, children and youth, cultural diversity (traditional settlements, indigenous people, racial and gneder issues and sexuality) and human rights (refugees, social services and current affairs) basis of their action are the objectives of dicussing, expanding and promoting social welfare movemnets with a view to minimizing prejudice pay attention to inequalities and promote healthier and fairer societies.
Antonio López Peláez
Bio: Prof. Dr. Antonio López Peláez
Antonio López Peláez is from Málaga, Spain. He is currently Full Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the National University of Distance Education (UNED), the largest university in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. He has held key leadership positions at UNED as Head of the Office of the Rector, director of the UNED’s Segovia campus, director of the Master’s Degree in Social Work, Welfare State, and Social Intervention Methods at the Law Faculty of the UNED, and is spokesman for faculty members before the Academic Senate of the UNED. He has been visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (USA), Western Michigan University (USA) and Universidad Americana (Nicaragua). In the last 20 years, he has published extensively in scientific journals. He is a founding member of the International Network for Social Policy Research and Teaching and the International Association of Doctors of alternative conflict resolution methods.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, he has organised three free online seminars to disseminate good practices, which have had more than 4000 subscribers, created a Digital Social Work channel on YouTube, and organised the 1st International Conference of Digital Social Work with 27 working sessions in English, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish. He is currently member of the task force to design the post-COVID-19 welfare system in the cities of Vélez-Malaga and Madrid, Spain. His areas of expertise include digital social work, e-social work, social work with groups, and social welfare and youth. Since its creation in 2005, he has been trustee of the Fundación Abracadabra–Magos Solidarios, which performs magic shows for children in hospitals of Spain.
ICSW UN Representatives
ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in New York
Bio: Sergei Zelenev
Sergei Zelenev (MBA, PhD) is the Special Representative of the International Council on Social Welfare to the UN in New York. Until May 2019 he served as the Executive Director of ICSW.
Before assuming his position at the ICSW in 2012, Dr. Zelenev for almost three decades worked 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, with progressively widening responsibilities, in the analytical and intergovernmental policy fields. He has written widely 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 and New York University (NYU). He taught courses at Cornell University and NYU in the US, and has been a visiting professor at MGIMO- University since 2013.
Special Representative of ICSW at the UN Office in Geneva and the Specialized Agencies in Geneva
Bio: Odile Frank
Dr Odile Frank has worked on health issues at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Population Council, the World Health Organization, the United Nations (as Chief, Social Integration in the Department for Social Development, DESA), the International Labour Organization (as Senior Research and Policy Adviser & Chief, Research and Policy Analysis Unit in the Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work) and most recently at Public Services International (as the Health and Social Services Officer). She holds a Doctorate of Science from Harvard University, where she specialized in the public health, medical and social sciences and Master’s degrees in Population Sciences and in Counselling Psychology. Dr. Frank has authored numerous papers and articles in technical areas of international development.
She was also President, NGO Forum for Health - a consortium of health organizations founded in 1978 and committed to the rights-based design and implementation of global health policy.