Current Steering Committee

NYLESA is managed and guided by a Steering Committee, renewed yearly and which works on a volunteer basis. The Steering Committee is comprised of a Chairperson, a Co-Chairperson, a Treasurer and the Coordinators of the various Working Groups: Internal Communication, External Communications, Career Support and Welcome.

All of these positions are democratically elected among the association members and any regular member has the right to stand for election. The current 2017–18 Steering Committee is composed of the following people

Chairperson: Tuba Durrani
Co-chairperson:  Davina E. Solomon
Treasurer: Eric Pasqualli
Welcome Coordinator: Francine Afane
Career Support Coordinator:  Hong Xiao
Communication Coordinator:Zein Dudha


Left to right: Eric Pasqualli, Zein Dudha, Francine Afane, Davina Solomon and Tuba Durrani

Bios for the Steering Committee 2017-18

Chairperson: Tuba Durrani

Tuba Durrani is from Pakistan. She is an entrepreneur and has several years of experience in local and international NGOs. In addition to an MBA with majors in Finance with Cum Laude and a double-Masters in Women and Gender Studies from UK and Hungary, she has strong understanding of the concerns, needs and issues of UN spouses – having followed her husband around the world in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The values of UN are close to her heart. With strong communications skills, she believes in respect for others, loyalty, responsibility for personal actions, generosity and kindness.

Co-Chairperson: Davina E. Solomon

I have been an educator on three continents, have developed curricula and taught a diverse group of students Math, Social Studies and Science in three educational systems, which has made me appreciate the opportunities for interaction with different people, provided me avenues for educational innovation and helped me engage in highly productive and collaborative team-work. I enjoy people, working towards goals and developing creative solutions. Mentoring adolescents, has helped create, I think, vast reserves of empathy and patience. I have been a member of NYLESA for two years. My educational background includes Masters degrees in Education, Sociology and Botany. I enjoy research, am a voracious reader, am multilingual, a blogger, poet, a bread baking enthusiast and an avid listener of Opera and Indian Raga.

Career Support Group Coordinator: Hong Xiao

Hong Xiao serves as NYLESA Career Support Coordinator. Having been living in New York for almost eights years, she now calls New York City her second hometown, cherishing each opportunity of meeting new friends and new cultures within and beyond NYLESA. Leading a small group of dedicated volunteers, Hong, as well as the Career Support Working Group, strives to organize career related seminars, meets, and training for NYLESA members, as well as build and strengthen the professional presence of NYLESA members within and outside the UN system. She welcomes new ideas and suggestions, and appreciate help from fellow NYLESA members!

Welcome Group Coordinator: Francine Afane

I have been in New York for the past four years. Holding a BA in Business Administration, I work as a Licensed Life Insurance Agent and Online Marketer.

Communication Group Coordinator: Zein Dudha

Zein has a Marketing degree and has always been keen on figuring out effective
communication strategies for marketing purposes. He considers himself a Jack
of all trades, but a master of none…

 

Treasurer:  Eric Pasqualli
I am national of Brazil and I have been working in Telecommunication Companies since 2004 mainly in the field of Revenue Assurance, Marketing and Business Intelligence. My wife started to work with UNICEF in 2014, since than we lived in Angola and now in New York City. I love to travel, discover new cultures, photography, mountain bike and play with my two year old daughter.

 

 


Functions of the Steering Committee

  • to take all appropriate measures to further the Purpose and Objectives of NYLESA in accordance with the Bylaws, and with the NYLESA Regulations;

  • to implement decisions taken at Annual General Meetings and General Meetings;

  • to create and adopt and implement policies, guidelines, rules and regulations for the effective day-to-day management of the affairs of NYLESA;

  • to develop the NYLESA Annual Work Plan for approval at the Annual General Meeting;

  • to implement the activities of the Annual Work Plan;

  • to develop and present an Annual Report and a Financial Report for approval at the Annual General Meeting; and

  • to provide relevant information to the Membership on the activities of NYLESA via the NYLESA website, and to maintain this information updated;

Responsibilities of the Steering Committee Members

The responsibilities of the NYLESA Chair are to:

  • promote all affairs of the Association within the International Civil Service;

  • prepare, in consultation with the Steering Committee, agendas  for Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings, General Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings;

  • chair Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings, General Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings;

  • support, coordinate and enhance the work of Working Groups;

  • maintain relationships with the Global Expatriate Spouse Association (GESA), with contacts within the various International Civil Service entities in New York and other partners relevant to promoting and advocating the NYLESA’s Purpose and Objectives;

  • guide, in consultation with the Working Group Coordinators, the development and updating or revision of NYLESA’s Annual Work Plan;

  • draft the NYLESA’s Annual Report; and

  • report regularly to the Steering Committee on his/her activities.

The responsibilities of the NYLESA Co-Chair are to:

  • support and/or deputize for the NYLESA Chairperson in his/her responsibilities;

  • disseminate all relevant information to NYLESA members;

  • maintain an accurate record of NYLESA Members

  • prepare and send out meeting invitations for NYLESA Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings, General Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings;

  • draft, circulate and maintain a record of minutes of NYLESA Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings, General Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings; and

  • report regularly to the Steering Committee on his/her activities.

The responsibilities of the NYLESA Treasurer are to:

  • manage monies and money transactions held by or on behalf of NYLESA;

  • maintain a detailed record of all income and expenditure; and

  • draft NYLESA’s annual Financial Report; and

  • report regularly to the Steering Committee on his/her activities.

The responsibilities of Working Group Coordinators are to:

  • further the Purpose and Objectives of NYLESA in accordance with the Working Group’s mandate;

  • report regularly to the Steering Committee on his/her activities, and those of the Working Group;

  • prepare written contributions on the activities of the Working Group for inclusion in the NYLESA Annual Report;

  • to provide information on the Working Group’s activities to the Members of NYLESA; and

  • participate in the management and guidance of NYLESA in the Steering Committee.