Kristian VigeninKristian Vigenin (Bulgaria) was elected Vice-President of the Assembly at the 2018 Annual Session in Berlin. Previously, he served as Rapporteur of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security and as the Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus. He also serves as Deputy Head of the Bulgarian Delegation to the OSCE PA.

In Bulgaria, Vigenin was Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2013-2014. Vigenin has served as a member of the Foreign Policy Committee and the European Affairs and Oversight of European Funds Committee in the National Assembly of Bulgaria. He was previously a member of the European Parliament and was elected as the first EP Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in 2011.

He is a member of the BSP for Bulgaria party and his home district is Yambol.

Pascal AllizardPascal Allizard (France) was elected Vice-President at the OSCE PA’s 27th Annual Session in Berlin. He has been a member of the Parliamentary Assembly since 2014 and since 2017 has served as Special Representative on Mediterranean Affairs. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the OSCE PA's Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and as Deputy Head of the French Delegation.

In the French Senate, he serves as Vice-President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and the Armed Forces, as Rapporteur on Defence Budget, as member of the European Affairs Committee and as President of the France-Pakistan Friendship Group.

He has previously served as Mayor of Conde-sur-Noireau followed by Conde-en-Normandie, Vice-President and Secretary General of the Mayors of Calvados Union of Friendship, President of the National Council of Regional Economies, and Deputy to Rene Garrec, Senator of Calvados.

Peter BownessPeter Bowness was elected Vice-President of the OSCE PA at the Helsinki Annual Session in 2015 and re-elected in 2018 at the Berlin Annual Session.

Lord Bowness has been a member of the British Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2007. He serves as Chair of the OSCE PA’s Sub-Committee on the Rules of Procedure and also chairs the drafting committee that prepares the Assembly’s Declarations at the conclusion of each Annual Session.

Bowness was one of the UK Parliamentary Representatives for the Convention responsible for drafting the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Kari HenriksenKari Henriksen (Norway) was elected Vice-President of the Assembly at the 27th Annual Session in Berlin. Having been involved in the Parliamentary Assembly since 2009, Henriksen advocates for building a vigorous, forceful, gender-balanced, open and effective organization.

In the Norwegian Storting she serves on the Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs, and has previously been on the Standing Committee on Justice, the Election Committee, and the Standing Committee on Labour and Social Affairs. From 2007-2009, she served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services.

Henriksen had a background in health care before entering politics. She is a member of the Labour Party.

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Isabel SantosIsabel Santos (Portugal) was elected Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at the Tbilisi Annual Session in 2016. She had previously served three years as Chair of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, and before that as Vice-Chair. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration.

Santos was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament from 2005 to 2009 and resumed her service in Parliament in 2011. She is currently a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities, the Committee on Labour and Social Security, and the Subcommittee on Gender. From 2005 to 2009, she was a member of the Bureau of the Portuguese Parliament.

Santos has participated in numerous OSCE PA election observation missions, including to Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. She served as Head of OSCE PA observers on missions to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the United States. As Chair of the Third Committee, she was particularly active, leading delegations and fact-finding missions to Kazakhstan and Guantanamo Bay, as well as to refugee camps in Rome, Lampedusa, Catania, Czech Republic, and Serbia.

AZAY GULIYEVDr. Azay Guliyev (Azerbaijan) was elected Vice-President of the Assembly at the 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi. He previously served for three years as Vice-Chair of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security.

A member of his national parliament since 2005, Dr. Guliyev currently serves on the Permanent Committee on State Building and Legislative Policy and is the author of the law on “Voluntary Act” and the law on “Civic Participation” of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He also heads the Azerbaijan-Romania Inter-parliamentary Working Group and is a member of several other working groups promoting Azerbaijan's bilateral relations with various countries. Since 2008, he has also served as Head of the Council on State Support to NGOs.

Guliyev has been a member of Azerbaijan's OSCE PA Delegation since 2005 and has participated in election observation missions to Belarus, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. Since assuming the position of the Vice President of the OSCE PA, Guliyev has served as the Head of the OSCE PA Election Observation Mission to Montenegro and the fortmer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as Special Co-ordinator of the short-term OSCE observer mission to Kyrgyzstan.

Dobre PaulVictor Paul Dobre (Romania) was elected to a one-year term as Vice-President at the OSCE PA’s 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 5 July 2016, and re-elected in Minsk on 9 July 2017. A Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies since 2000, Dobre has served on the Romanian Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2009. In his national parliament, Dobre serves as Chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Territorial Planning and focuses much of his work on strengthening the legal framework of election procedures and political financing, and on public health and labour rights.

He has previously served as Chair of the Chamber of Deputies’ Committee on Labour and Social Protection, as Minister of Administration, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Administration, as Vice-President of the Galati County Council and as Regional Governor of Galati County. Prior to entering politics he worked as an engineer and served for several years as Head of the Technical Unit in the Industrial Naval Central Station in Galati.

Senator Roger WickerRoger Wicker (United States) was elected OSCE PA Vice-President at the 26th Annual Session in Minsk, having previously served for three years as the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Political Affairs and Security.

Wicker joined the U.S. Congress in 1995 to represent Mississippi's First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He was appointed to the Senate in 2007, winning a special election the following year and re-election in 2012. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission).

Within the U.S. Senate he is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Rules Committee.

Margareta CederfeltMargareta Cederfelt (Sweden) was elected OSCE PA Vice-President at the 26th Annual Session in Minsk, having previously served two terms as Rapporteur of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security. She has been a member of the Swedish Parliament since 1999 and has been on Sweden’s Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2010.

With extensive experience in election observation, she has actively worked to defend democratic values, the rule of law, peace and security in the OSCE region. She has led OSCE PA election observation delegations to Tajikistan and Turkey, and served as Special Co-ordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission to Montenegro. In the Swedish Parliament, she serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on European Affairs.

In addition to her work with the OSCE PA, she is also active with Parliamentarians for Global Action, where she serves as Chair of the National Board.