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Members of the Board of Trustees of the VFTC @ OHCHR photo

Ms. Fatimata MBAYE (Mauritania)

Ms. Mbaye is a human rights lawyer, Vice-President of FIDH and President of the Mauritanian Human Rights Association (member of FIDH) awarded the Anti-Slavery Award in 1998. She is Board Member of the West Africa Civil Society Institute which was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa to enhance the capacity of civil society in the region. In 1999, Ms. Mbaye became the first African to receive the third Nuremberg International Prize for Human Rights, awarded to individuals held to be symbolic figures in the struggle for the recognition and respect for human rights in Africa (her work had resulted in her arrest and imprisonment in Mauritania). She is the only woman member of the Mauritanian Bar. Ms. Mbaye was also member of the International Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in Côte d'Ivoire serviced by OHCHR in 2004. Ms. Mbaye was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in December 2009.

Mr. Sozar SUBARI (Georgia)

Mr. Subari ended his five-year term as Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia in September 2009. During her tenure, the ombudsman's role in the Georgian society increased. Mr. Subari was involved with the influential NGO Liberty Institute from 2000 to 2004 and has also worked as a journalist, including being a correspondent for Radio Liberty, and editor of the Tbilisi-based Kavkasioni newspaper. Since October 2012 Mr. Subari is part of the Government of Georgia, in charge of penitentiary matters. Mr. Subari was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in December 2009.

Mr. Chris SIDOTI (Australia)

Mr. Sidoti is a human rights lawyer, activist and teacher. He currently works from Sydney, Australia, as an international human rights consultant, specializing in the international human rights system and in national human rights institutions. He was director of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), based in Geneva, from 2003 to 2007, and is currently a board member. He has been Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995) and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992). He has also worked in non-government organisations, including the Human Rights Council of Australia and the Australian Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. In 2007-2008 he was the independent chair of the United Kingdom Government’s Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University (Queensland), University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) and the Australian Catholic University and an Affiliate at the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney. Mr. Sidoti was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in December 2011.

Ms. Marieclaire ACOSTA URQUIDI (Mexico)

Ms. Acosta currently heads the Mexico office of Freedom House, an organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights and is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Human Rights Commission. She was Special Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy (2000) and Undersecretary for Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico (2001-2003). Director of the Department for Democratic Governance and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) until March 2008, then served as Director for the Americas of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). For ten years she chaired the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (1990-2000) and was founder and director of the Mexican Academy of Human Rights (1984-1989). Both organizations were pioneers in the Mexican movement for Human Rights and have made important contributions to this cause. Ms. Acosta , who was representative of the Mexico Section of Amnesty International ( 1977-1984 ) , has extensive academic experience at El Colegio de Mexico , the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Notre Dame ( Indiana USA ) among others. She has also worked as Adviser to the Working Group Social Convergence of Civil Organizations of the Office of Political Affairs and the Transition Team of President-elect Vicente Fox. Ms. Acosta was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in June 2012. She was elected Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the VFTC, for a one-year term, as of July 2014.

Ms. Lin LIM (Malaysia) Member

Ms. Lim is a Doctor in Development Economics and a women’s rights and gender activist and specialist from Malaysia. She currently works as an Independent Consultant specializing in decent work and labour and economic and social rights with specific focus on youth. She has worked as a Senior Adviser to the ILO Director General on the Employment and Decent Work Agenda; occupied various senior positions in the field with ILO including as Deputy Regional Director for Asia in Bangkok and other field responsibilities in Africa, particularly in Tanzania. Ms. Lim has been managing several large technical cooperation programmes including the Gender Promotion Programme and the International Programme on More and Better Jobs for Women from ILO Geneva. She has renowned experience in providing technical cooperation to Governments, CSOs and national institutions as well as in carrying out impact evaluations of numerous partnerships and programmes with bilateral and multilateral donors. She has collaborated in several occasions with OHCHR. Ms. Lim who also has academic experience as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, is currently a member of the Board of the Women in the Informal Economy Network. Ms. Lim was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in January 2014.