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: Paola Triolo (March - October)
Treasurer: Eric Pasqualli
Welcome Coordinator: Pierre Tamer (March - October)
Career Support Coordinator: Nessreen Bahaa Edin Abuzeid (March - April)/ Hong Xiao
Communication Coordinator: Shivani Berry (March - August) / Davina E. Solomon (Acting Co-ordinator September - October) 


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: Paola Triolo

Paola is a native Italian, living abroad for more than twenty years. She has been working in managerial positions in the non-profit, public and private sector in several countries. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and is passionate about Environmental and Sustainable Development issues. She has managed development projects on four continents and enjoyed the challenge of working with people from all walks of life, from local farmers to heads of state. She has been a New York resident for a year now.

Career Support Group Coordinator: Hong Xiao

 

 

 

 

 

         Welcome Group Coordinator: Pierre Tamer

Pierre is a French/Syrian Safety Adviser with over 15 years experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. He arrived in NYC in June 2017. He holds a BA in English-Arabic-English translation, 3 diplomas in humanitarian security and logistics, as well as being a graduate gemmologist and jewelry designer. Pierre started his work as a humanitarian with Lebanese refugees in Syria, and has been deployed to many countries including Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the DRC since. He speaks French, English and Arabic. Having travelled constantly over the last few years, Pierre understands the challenges and adventures that come with such a lifestyle, and is committed to supporting those newly arrived.

Communication Group Coordinator: Shivani Berry

She moved to New York from London in 2015. She has a masters degree in International marketing. She has experience in marketing, communications and PR working for media companies in New Delhi and London, creating strategic partnerships to expand their reach. She also studied design at the Parsons New School in NY and worked as a graphic designer and visual merchandiser in NY. She loves to travel and understands first hand the challenges of moving to a city like NY!

 

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.