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)

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.

Mr. Morten KJAERUM (Denmark) - Chairperson

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.

Ms. Carmen Rosa VILLA (Peru)

Ms. Carmen Rosa VillaMs. Carmen Rosa Villa (Peru) is a lawyer and renowned human rights expert, currently working as independent human rights consultant. She has a long serving career with the United Nations in various countries in Latin America. She worked for more than twenty years in different organs of the Peruvian administration of justice system, most of them at the Attorney General’s Office as well as at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Her expertise at the international level on the promotion and protection of human rights includes various positions in the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala –MINUGUA-; the United Nations Development Programme –UNDP-; the High Commissioner for Human Rights –OHCHR-; and, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala – CICIG-. Ms. Villa counts also with sound experience in civil society organizations for example with International Human Rights Law Group. Ms. Villa was appointed as VFTC Board member by the Secretary General in July 2018.