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SG Montella HelsinkiAS 2015Roberto Montella of Italy assumed his duties as Secretary General on 1 January 2016 following his election at the 2015 OSCE PA Annual Session in Helsinki.

He previously served as Director of Presidential Administration within the Assembly’s Secretariat.

Montella has held positions at OSCE field missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia and Montenegro, fulfilling a range of advisory, peace-building and management functions. He also served as Head of the OSCE South Serbia Regional Office and Head of the European Center for Minority Issues in Kosovo.

Montella has taken part in dozens of election observation missions in the OSCE area and the Middle East, including as Co-ordinator of Long Term Election Observers for The Carter Center. He has served as political advisor to an Italian senator and PACE Vice-President, among other advisory roles. He also holds campaign-related and corporate experience.

In addition to his native Italian and French, Montella is fluent in English and Serbian.

IS-Semyon DzakhaevThe Deputy Secretary General serves as a member of the senior management team, providing advice and support to the Secretary General and Assembly leadership, working in close co-operation and providing guidance to the work of Conference Services and several Assembly Committees.

In addition, Semyon Dzakhaev:

  • Provides leadership to the International Secretariat’s preparations for the 2017 Minsk Annual Session;
  • Ensures effective communications and relations with Parliaments particularly from the Commonwealth of Independent States;
  • Serves as Director for the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for the Sub-Committee on Rules of Procedures and Working Practices, and supports the Assembly’s work in the field of anti-terrorism, among other responsibilities.

IS Gustavo PallaresThe Deputy Secretary General serves as a member of the senior management team, providing advice and support to the Secretary General and Assembly leadership, working in close co-operation and overseeing the work of the Executive Office and Administration, Finance and Human Resources. In addition, Gustavo Pallares:

  • Serves as Finance Officer under Rule 40 - 3 of the OSCE PA Rules of Procedure;
  • Provides leadership to the administration of the International Secretariat;
  • Serves as Director for the General Committee for Political Affairs and Security;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for gender issues and Mediterranean affairs, and supports Assembly work in Central Asia, among other responsibilities.

Pallares (Spain) was appointed unanimously by the Standing Committee in 2007, having worked in the International Secretariat since February 2001. As Presidential Adviser from 2001 to 2007, he was responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities of the Assembly's Presidents during that period. Before joining the International Secretariat, Pallares worked for several years in the Parliament of Spain as senior counsellor to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Pallares has also worked for the Secretariat of the European Parliament.

ISV-Andreas NothelleThe Special Representative serves as a member of the senior management team represents the OSCE PA at the seat of the OSCE in Vienna, speaking and engaging on its behalf in the context of governmental based platforms, including the Permanent Council, the Forum for Security Cooperation as well as other OSCE meetings and conferences. In this capacity, Andreas Nothelle:

  • Ensures effective communication between the OSCE PA and Vienna-based OSCE governmental platforms, officials and diplomatic representatives;
  • Heads the OSCE PA’s Vienna Liaison Office and serves as Programme Manager for South East Europe and Ukraine;
  • Is a Member of the Vienna PC-based First Committee.

Appointed in 2002, Ambassador Nothelle (Germany), has served on some 40 OSCE PA election observation missions, in addition to the functions mentioned above. A lawyer focusing on constitutional and international law, and senior civil servant, he had before served for over 18 years on a wide range of posts in the German Bundestag, including as Head of the Secretariats of the Committees on Disarmament and Arms Control and on Labour and Social Affairs, the Office of a former President, and the Interparliamentary Affairs Division.

IS Andreas Baker 2016Under the overall supervision of the Secretary General the Chief of the Executive Office oversees the work of the Executive Office, providing advice and support to the Secretary General and the senior management team, including co-ordinating and directing the work of election observation activities, press and communications, and presidential activities. In addition, Andreas Baker:

  • Serves as Director for the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for the South Caucasus;
  • And supports work related to the Rules of Procedure, and Central Asia, among other responsibilities.

Baker (Canada and Denmark) has previously served the Assembly as Director of Elections, as presidential advisor under several presidents and as press officer, in addition to being a Senior Advisor to numerous election observation missions deployed by the OSCE PA. He has also worked in the Parliament of Canada and as a political affairs officer for the United Nations in Geneva.

IS 2017 Marco BonabelloThe Liaison Officer and Advisor provides advice and support, including to the Secretary General and other members of the International Secretariat, on issues assigned to him by the Special Representative and/or by the Secretary General. In particular, the Liaison Officer and Advisor:

  • Maintains close relations with the Economic and Environmental Committee of the OSCE, Economic and Environmental Forum and with the Office of the OSCE’s Co-ordinator for Economic and Environmental Activities;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for Counter-Terrorism affairs, and the Research Assistants programme in Vienna;
  • Supports PA work related to migration and to the Mediterranean and supports the officer in charge of liaising with the OSCE Secretariat, among other responsibilities.

Bonabello (Italy) joined the OSCE PA Liaison Office in Vienna in May 2017. Prior to joining the PA, he served as Senior Co-ordination Advisor in the Office of the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Human Trafficking, where he advanced OSCE efforts in the context of conflicts, mixed-migration flows and terrorism.

IS Dana Bjerregaard 2017Under the overall supervision of the Chief Administration and Finance, the Head of Document Services is responsible for managing and processing of Assembly documents, including translations, in particular in preparation for major Assembly meetings. In addition, Dana Bjerregaard:

  • Serves as liaison with the Host Country regarding the administration of protocol matters;
  • Supports the Research Fellowship Programme;
  • And provides overall support to the smooth running and administration of International Secretariat work, among other responsibilities.

Bjerregaard (United States) joined the International Secretariat in 2005 as Assistant to the Secretary General. Prior to joining the International Secretariat, she worked for various law firms in the United States.

ISV-Marc CarilletUnder the overall supervision of the Special Representative, the Deputy Director of the Vienna Liaison Office represents the Special Representative in governmental based platforms as well as other OSCE meetings and conferences, and serves as Chief Administrator of the Vienna Liaison Office. In addition, Marc Carillet:

  • Maintains close liaison with diplomatic representatives to the OSCE and serves as focal point for relations with a number of governmental based platforms, including the Advisory Committee on Management and Finance and the Human Dimension Committee;
  • Supports work in the fields of gender issues, the Mediterranean, and South East Europe, as well as the Research Fellowship Programme in Vienna, among other responsibilities.

Carillet (France) joined the OSCE PA Liasion Office in Vienna in July 2007. A former Research Fellow, Carillet also previously worked in the field of external relations for the European Union.

IS-Farimah DaftaryThe Programme Officer works within the Secretary General’s Executive Office, providing advice and support to a range of the Assembly’s programmatic activities. In addition, Farimah Daftary:

  • Serves as Programme Manager for migration issues and for Central Asian affairs;
  • Serves as Focal Point for minority issues;
  • Maintains close coordination with the Document Services Team;
  • Supports work related to Presidential Activities; the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions; counter-terrorism work and the Moldova, and Belarus outreach programmes, among other responsibilities.

Daftary (France) joined the International Secretariat in October 2013, first serving as Office Assistant. She specializes in minority issues and conflict resolution and has previously worked for the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), the Open Society Institute and the OSCE Secretariat in Prague.

IS 2016 Anna Di Domenico3The Executive Assistant works within the Secretary General’s Executive Office, providing general and administrative support to the Secretary General, the Executive Office and the senior management team under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Executive Office. In addition, Anna Di Domenico:

  • Facilitates communication with external partners and other parts OSCE;
  • Ensures smooth administration on behalf of the Executive Office, including following-up on tasks assigned by the SG to staff members;
  • Supports work in a range of activities, including related to election observation and the Mediterranean, among other responsibilities.

Di Domenico (Italy) joined the International Secretariat in February 2016, having previously served as a Research Assistant. Prior to joining the International Secretariat, she worked for NATO, the European External Action Service, an EU regional office, a number of non-governmental organizations and in the private sector.

IS 2017 Tim KnoblauUnder the overall supervision of the Head of the Office, the Executive Assistant supports the Vienna Liaison Office in finance, administrative and secretarial tasks. In addition, Tim Knoblau:

  • Serves as a financial officer under the guidance of the Deputy Director of the Office and the PA's Chief of Administration and Finance;
  • Co-ordinates preparatory work for meetings between the Special Representative and high ranking officials, as well as for parliamentary seminars, providing secretarial and administrative assistance as well as report writing assistance;
  • Maintains the Office's Calendar of Events, and makes appropriate travel arrangements, and supports Documents Services, among other responsibilities.

Knoblau (Germany) joined the International Secretariat in 2017, having previously been a Research Fellow. He holds degrees in Security Studies and European Studies from the University of St Andrews and Maastricht University. Prior to joining the PA, he also gained experience through working with the European Parliament, NGOs and within the private sector.

IS-Odile LelargeUnder the overall supervision of the Deputy Secretary General and in close coordination with the Chief of Administration and Finance, the Head of Conference Services manages and coordinates the International Secretariat’s preparations related to the Assembly’s main meetings and conferences.

In addition, Odile Lelarge:

  • Serves as liaison with host countries and parliamentary delegations in the context of Assembly meetings and conferences;
  • Co-ordinates with other services within the International Secretariat;
  • Manages recruitment of temporary staff necessary to support Assembly meetings and conferences, among other responsibilities.

Lelarge (France) joined the International Secretariat as Conference Co-ordinator in July 2006. Prior to joining the International Secretariat, Lelarge worked as a Project Manager in the area of employment, vocational training and gender-focused EU programmes (EQUAL projects).

ISV Francesco PaganiUnder the overall supervision of the Secretary General and in coordination with the Special Representative, the Chief Political Advisor provides advice and support to the Secretary General and the senior management team, and serves as principal liaison to the OSCE Secretariat. In addition, Francesco Pagani:

  • Works in close co-ordination with the Executive Office to ensure targeted and timely advice and support;
  • Represents the OSCE PA, the Secretary General and the Special Representative in meetings with OSCE Executive Structures and Institutions;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for the Belarus outreach programme, and supports work related to Presidential Activities, South East Europe, Ukraine and the Mediation and Early Warning portfolios, among other responsibilities.

Pagani (Italy) joined the OSCE PA Liaison Office in Vienna in October 2013. Prior to joining the PA, Pagani worked for the OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna, on the Eastern Europe Desk and on the South East Europe Desk (2007-2013).

IS Nat Parry 2017Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Executive Office, the Head of Communications and Press manages the International Secretariat’s communications and media relations and works to raise the profile of Assembly activities. In addition, Nat Parry:

  • Provides support to the Assembly and International Secretariat leadership to effectively communicate messages, including drafting press releases and speeches for senior Assembly officials;
  • Prepares the International Secretariat’s News from Copenhagen bulletin and other publications;
  • Provides support to the three General Committees, among other responsibilities.

Parry (United States) joined the International Secretariat in February 2008. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Parry held policy-related positions at American NGOs such as U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, and has worked as Communications Specialist at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Associate Editor at the Consortium for Independent Journalism, and as a freelance writer for a variety of publications.

IS-Stephen PaulUnder the overall supervision of the Chief Administration and Finance, the Chief, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Service and Support Section is responsible for maintaining ICT systems, infrastructure and networks in support of the International Secretariat’s work, and supporting the financial and administrative running of the Secretariat. In addition, Stephen Paul:

  • Advises senior management on ICT management and supports the ICT governance;
  • Provides advice to senior management on new technologies to address Secretariat challenges, and supports press and communications work;
  • Maintains the organization’s accounts;
  • Serves as Deputy Chief Administration and Finance.

Paul joined the staff of the International Secretariat in April 2008. Prior to joining the OSCE PA, he worked as a financial analyst with American International Group.

IS-Loic PoulainUnder the overall supervision of the Chief of the Executive Office, the Presidential Advisor manages the International Secretariat’s support services to the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in all fields related to OSCE work. In addition, Loic Poulain:

  • Serves as focal point within the Secretariat for all matters related to the President’s work, co-ordinating internally and with external partners;
  • Serves as support for the Election Observation Department and on Press and Communications;
  • Serves as Programme Manager for the Moldova outreach programme;
  • Supports work related to the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security, counter-terrorism affairs, the Mediterranean and migration issues, among other responsibilities.

Poulain (France) joined the International Secretariat in January 2015. A former OSCE PA Research Fellow, he previously worked on electoral assistance and rule of law projects from Washington, DC.

Iryna Sabashuk 2016

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Executive Office, the Head of Administration for Election Observation manages the International Secretariat’s support to parliamentarians in the field of election observation. In addition, Iryna Sabashuk:

  • Provides support to MPs appointed to leadership roles within the field of election observation;
  • Supports the South Caucasus and Ukraine outreach programmes, as well as the Sub-Committee on Rules of Procedures and Working Practices and Documents Services;
  • Manages the Research Fellowship Programme, among other responsibilities.

Sabashuk (Ukraine) joined the team of permanent staff of the International Secretariat in May 2011, after undertaking a Research Fellowship with the PA in Copenhagen. Sabashuk has previous work experience in the private sector in the fields of marketing and commerce.

IS Marietta SamacThe Chief of Administration and Finance serves as a member of the senior management team. Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Secretary General and the Secretary General, the Chief of Administration and Finance is responsible for the overall planning and management of administration, finance, human resources and procurement, including ensuring the implementation of effective management principles and that human and material resources are administered in accordance with the OSCE PA Financial and Staff Regulations. Marieta Samac:

  • Plans, directs and co-ordinates the work of the budget, payments and accounting functions, and formulates and implements appropriate control procedures and systems to safeguard OSCE PA resources, ensuring accountability at all levels; takes overall responsibility for risk assessment;
  • Plans, integrates and co-ordinates human resource management, including: supervising the recruitment, placement, training and personnel administration and performance management of staff; directing the management of the International Secretariat post table; and supervising staff welfare, staff development and training activities;

IS-Kurt LerrasThe Senior Advisor provides support and advice to the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretaries General and other relevant staff on matters related to General Services, Conference Services, Document Services and IT Services. In addition, Kurt Lerras:

  • Provides advice and supports activities before, during and after the Assembly’s statutory meetings in matters dealing particularly with meeting room arrangements, protocol matters, election of officers, and security.

Lerras (Denmark) first joined the staff of the International Secretariat in February 1993 as General Services Officer. Prior to joining the OSCE PA, he had served for 18 years in the Danish Parliament, including in its International Department.

Working languages: Danish and English.

D.ShumilovaDaria Shumilova joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s office in Vienna in April 2018.

Daria holds a bachelor’s degree in Regional Studies from the State Academic University for the Humanities. During her studies there she also worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the U.S. and Canada Studies. Currently, she is finishing her master’s degree programme in International Relations at the University of Pavia in Italy.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Daria completed an internship at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation Preparatory Commission in Vienna where she worked in the Department of External Relations and International Cooperation and the Department of Public Information.

Daria speaks Russian, English, French and has some proficiency in Italian.

2018 Arturo BigliaArturo Biglia joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Liaison Office in Vienna in May 2018.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in human and social sciences and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Université catholique de Louvain. In his studies, he focused on diplomacy and resolution of conflicts.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Arturo worked as an intern at the Movimiento Europeo, the Spanish branch of the European Movement, a pro-European Union think tank, and at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Arturo speaks French, English, Spanish and has some proficiency in Dutch.

IS 2018 Corinna LenschCorinna Lensch joined the Parliamentary Assembly’s office in Copenhagen in April 2018.

She completed her undergraduate studies of International Relations at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and holds a master’s degree in International and European Law from Tilburg University. During her studies she focused on European environmental and competition law, as well as migration law.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Corinna worked in a Portuguese start-up company and also completed a traineeship in the OSCE Section of the European Union Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna. She continued working in the Delegation for some months after the end of the traineeship, covering topics related to the Human Dimension.

Corinna speaks German, English, French and Spanish, and has some proficiency in Portuguese and Dutch.

2018 Anzhelika IvanishchevaAnzhelika Ivanishcheva joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s office in Copenhagen in April 2018.

Anzhelika holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Moscow University of International Relations during which she aso studied one semester in Germany at the Free University of Berlin. She is also enrolled in a master’s degree program in International Relations in Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of Russia, with a specialization in analytical support.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, she completed internships at the MFA of Russia OSCE Department, Russian International Affairs Council, Russian-German Chamber of Commerce and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations office in Moscow.

Anzhelika speaks Russian, English, German and has some proficiency in French.

Marίa Teresa Yagüe SpainMarίa Teresa Yagüe joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly office in Copenhagen in April 2018.

She holds a double bachelor’s degree in International Relations (with a concentration on conflict and security issues) and Translation and Interpreting (with English and French as foreign languages) from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. Her research interests include media freedom, combating human trafficking, arms control and global terrorism.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Marίa Teresa completed several internships as a copywriter at Esglobal, an online Spanish think tank about international issues; at the translation section of the Centre for Higher National Defence Studies (CESEDEN); and at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna.

She speaks Spanish, English, French, and has some proficiency in German.

IS 2018 Charlie RutterCharlie Rutter joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Liaison Office in Vienna in March 2018.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics and a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the University of Reading, UK. He was also a student in International Politics at Fudan University, Shanghai focusing on Chinese Foreign and Security Policy. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and global terrorism.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Charlie worked as an intern at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna.

Charlie speaks English and has some proficiency in Mandarin.

IS 2018 Guido AlmerigognaGuido Almerigogna joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s liaison office in Vienna in January 2018.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in international and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Trieste and a master’s degree in advanced international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In his studies, he focused on the European Union’s external action and on international crisis management. Guido is also currently completing a specialization degree in Communication and Lobbying in International Relations in Rome.

Before joining the OSCE PA, Guido worked as a trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to the OSCE and at the Delegation of the Holy See to the OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna. In this capacity, he focused particularly on security and migratory issues. He also interned at the Office for Press and Institutional Communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

He speaks Italian, English, French and some German.

IS 2017 Juliana LindellJuliana joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Copenhagen office in September 2017.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, majoring in history, and obtained a double Master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Both within her undergraduate and post-graduate studies, her regional focus was Central and Eastern Europe, with her research interests centering on dynamics of European integration, as well as long-term historical trends of economic development.

Prior to joining the PA Juliana worked as a Student Research Assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.

Juliana is fluent in English and German, and has some proficiency in Spanish.

IS 2017 Stephanie KoltchanovStephanie joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's office in Copenhagen in April 2017.

Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and a master's degree in International Politics from Sciences Po Bordeaux, with a specialization in security and defence issues.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, she completed internships at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, and at the political department of the French Embassy in Georgia. She also served as an OSCE/ODIHR short-term observer to the parliamentary elections in Georgia in October 2016.

Stephanie speaks French, English, Russian, and has some proficiency in German and Ukrainian.