Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights

The BoT is currently composed as follows:


Ms. Esi SUTHERLAND-ADDYMs. Esi SUTHERLAND-ADDY (Ghana) is a human rights activist and a Professor at the Institute of African Studies in Accra, Ghana as well as Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists Ghana Chapter. A renowned member of the Ghanaian civil society and women’s movement, she has served on several boards, committees and commissions nationally and internationally including the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and the West African Civil Society Institute. She served in two ministerial positions as Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism and Higher Education (1986 & 1986-1993) respectively. She has also undertaken studies particularly in the field of education for a wide range of international organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, The World Bank and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa. Ms. Sutherland-Addy has received several awards including Hon. Fellowship of the College of Preceptors, U.K. (1998) and Group Award by the Rockefeller Foundation (2001 & 2002) for the Women Writing Africa Project. Her work in civil society and technical cooperation and advisory services to state institutions and a variety of stakeholders cuts across children’s rights, girl's education, cultural rights, the development of urban child-friendly spaces, civil society management and capacity building. She is fluent in English and French. Ms. Esi Sutherland-Addy was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in January 2015.

Ms. Lin LIM (Malaysia) - Chairperson

Ms. Lin LIMMs. Lin LIM (Malaysia) 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.

Ms. Marieclaire ACOSTA URQUIDI (Mexico)

Ms. Marieclaire ACOSTA URQUIDIMs. Marieclaire ACOSTA URQUIDI (Mexico) currently the President of OXFAM – Mexico, she is also the President of the Consultative Assembly of the National Council of Mexico for the Prevention of Discrimination (CONAPRED) and a Member of the Citizen’s Participation Committee of the National Anti-Corruption System. Until recently Ms. Acosta Head the Mexico Office of Freedom House, an organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights 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.

Mr. Morten KJAERUM (Denmark)

Mr. Morten KJAERUMMr. Morten KJAERUM (Denmark) is a renowned human rights expert and currently the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden. He has a long diplomatic and negotiations experience at international level. He has a trajectory and expertise in the area of civil and political rights; anti-discrimination; the rights of minorities; business and human rights as well as in the area of institutional building through technical cooperation. Mr. Kjaerum was the Director of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna from 2008 to 2015. Prior to that he was Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (1991-2008) He started his career at the Danish Refugee Council where he worked as Legal Adviser. From 2002-06 he was member of the UN Committee on Elimination of racial Discrimination. In 2012 he was appointed adjunct professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. Mr. Kjaerum was appointed as a VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in July 2017.

Ms. Valeriya LUTKOVSKA (Ukraine)

Ms. Valeriya LutkovskaMs. Valeriya Lutkovska (Ukraine) is a renowned supported of human rights defenders and currently the Ombudsperson (Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights) in Ukraine (leaving soon her mandate). Graduated from the National Taras Shevchenko University, having studied philology and Russian language and literature, in 1999, she completed a specialist degree in law. Previously she held various governmental positions including as Deputy Minister of Justice and Government agent of Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights. Ms. Lutkovska has also solid private law experience at the law firm “Lavrynovych & Partners”. She is fluent in English, Russian and German. Ms. Lutkovska was appointed as VFTC Board Member by the Secretary-General in February 2017.