Chair

Chair of the Committee on Conferences

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Mr. Szymon Pękala (Poland)

    Szymon Pękala is currently serving as a Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York. He is that country’s expert on the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, dealing with administrative and budgetary matters of the United Nations. 

    Mr. Pękala is a career diplomat and a civil servant, working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland since 2008. During his service, he has held positions at the departments of the Ministry responsible for public diplomacy, media relations and, most recently, consular affairs. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Pękala was a Vice-Consul and a Head of Section at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.

    Mr. Pękala holds a master’s degree in international relations from Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in his home city of Lublin, Poland, and a postgraduate degree in national security from the University of Warsaw.

 

Previous Chairs (1988-2021)

Year Chair Country
2021 Alexander Marschik Austria
2020 Sofiane Mimouni Algeria

2019

Megayla Ulana Austin

Guyana

2018

Nirmal Raj Kafle

Nepal

2017

Lewis G. Brown

Liberia

2016

Katalin Annamária Bogyay

Hungary

2015

Marcelo Eliseo Scappini Ricciardi

Paraguay

2014

Yotam Goren

Israel

2013

Chamithri Jayanika Rambukwella

Sri Lanka

2012

Carolina Popovici

Republic of Moldova (the)

2011

Woinshet Tadesse Woldegiorgis

Ethiopia

2010

Claudia Corti

Argentina

2009

Barbara Kaudel

Austria

2008

Patrick A. Chuasoto

Philippines (the)

2007

Yury G. Yaroshevich

Belarus

2006

Nonye Udo

Nigeria

2005

Diego Simancas

Mexico

2004

Enno Drofenik

Austria

2003

Mohammad Tal

Jordan

2002

Andrius Namavicius

Lithuania

2001

Abdelmalek Bouheddou

Algeria

2000

Valeria María González Posse

Argentina

1999

Peter Van De Velde

Belgium

1998

Kohji F. X. Yamagiwa

Japan

1997

Uldis Blukis

Latvia

1996

El Hassane Zahid

Morocco

1995

Fernando Varela

Chile

1994

Maria Rotheiser

Austria

1993

Mahmoud Barimani

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

1992

Imre Karbuczky

Hungary

1991

Kwaku Dua Dankwa

Ghana

1990

Jaime Bazan

Chile

1989

Franziska Friessnigg

Austria

1988

Bernards A. N. Mudho

Kenya

 

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