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).

IS Bo NielsenUnder the overall supervision of the Chief Administration and Finance, the General Services Manager is responsible for maintaining OSCE PA facilities and for providing overall logistical support to the International Secretariat in Copenhagen. In addition, Bo Nielsen:

  • Manages the facilities, the cars and inventory of the International Secretariat;
    Provides logistical support to the Secretary General;
  • Provides logistical support to Conference Services in conjunction with OSCE PA meetings, and support related to ICT services;
  • Serves as focal point for security matters within the International Secretariat, among other responsibilities.

Nielsen (Denmark) joined the staff of the International Secretariat in March 2016. He has a background in various manual labour professions.

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, working in various roles until December 2016. He now serves the International Secretariat on a consultancy basis. 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.

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 Sergey Marinin smallSergey joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s office in Copenhagen in August 2017.

Sergey holds a master’s degree from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and has worked with several OSCE/ODIHR election observation missions.

Prior to joining the PA, he worked as an OSCE Consultant on strengthening the capacities of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) at the Office of the Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Commissioner.

His research interests include problems of democratization in the post-Soviet space as well as issues of religion and religious freedom in Central Asia.

Sergey speaks Russian, English, Kazakh and has some proficiency in German.

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.

IS 2017 Mariia PavlovaMariia Pavlova joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s liaison office in Vienna in February 2017.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Saint Petersburg State University, where she is currently completing her master’s degree in European Studies. She mainly focused her studies on the political and legal framework of environmental issues, sustainable development and renewable energy transition.

Prior to joining the PA, Mariia held an internship at the OSCE PA office in Vienna. She also interned at the Honorary Consulate of Austria in Yekaterinburg and at the Committee for External Relations of Government of St. Petersburg. Mariia has also been an avid participant and organizer of a number of international model UN/EU conferences.

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

IS 2017 Leah NodvinLeah Nodvin joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Vienna Liaison Office in January 2017.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Boston University. Leah also holds an international master’s degree in Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security from the University College London School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies as well as a master’s degree in International Relations in Eurasia from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. A substantial portion of her research focused on security sector reform, post-conflict state building and human security.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Leah completed an internship at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces within the Gender and Security and Parliamentary Oversight divisions. She has also interned at the Populations Secretariat within the Ugandan Ministry of Finance in Kampala, Graduate Women’s International in Geneva, and the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.

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

IS 2017 Katerina KociKaterina Koci joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly office in Vienna in September 2016.

She holds a bachelor's degree in International Economy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business during which she also studied one semester in Spain at the Universida Autonoma de Madrid. Her studies have focused on foreign languages and international trade and marketing.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Katerina worked in the private sector in Austria, in the fields of international trade and commerce and completed an internship at the Permanent Mission of Albania to the International Organizations.

She speaks English, German, Spanish, Italian and Albanian.

IS 2016 Valentina BellafanteValentina Bellafante joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Copenhagen office in October 2016.

She holds a bachelor degree in political science and international relations from Roma Tre University, where she also earned a master’s in international relations. Valentina also holds a post-graduate master in International relations and human rights protection from the Italian Society for the International Organization. Her studies focused on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and human rights issues.

Prior to joining the OSCE PA, Valentina was a research fellow at the Los Alamos Study Group (United States), interned at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a geopolitical analyst for Italian think tanks.

Valentina speaks Italian, English and has some proficiency in Spanish. She also recently started to study Russian.