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07 Feb 2024

New ENNHRI Chair and Board members elected at Extraordinary General Assembly

Over 30 participants from across ENNHRI’s membership came together today for an online Extraordinary General Assembly meeting. With ENNHRI’s Chair and two Board Members taking on new roles, new representatives were chosen for vital ENNHRI governance positions. A new ENNHRI Chair and two further ENNHRI Board members were elected.

The Extraordinary General Assembly meeting was called following the news that ENNHRI’s Chair and two Board Members would be taking on new roles. Discover below who was chosen as a result of today’s votes. The new office holders will start from 1 March.

ENNHRI Chair

  • Louise Holck, Danish Institute for Human Rights

ENNHRI Board

  • Louise Holck, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Alyson Kilpatrick, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Anahit Manasyan, Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia
  • Erinda Ballanca, People’s Advocate of Albania (existing Board member)
  • Beate Rudolf, German Institute for Human Rights (existing Board Member)
  • Petter Wille, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (existing Board member)

GANHRI Bureau representatives

  • Louise Holck, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Alyson Kilpatrick, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Erinda Ballanca, People’s Advocate of Albania (existing GANHRI Bureau representative)
  • Petter Wille, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (existing GANHRI Bureau representative)

ENNHRI warmly congratulates all those elected on their positions.

In addition, the network expresses its heartfelt thanks to recent and outgoing office holders who are exploring exciting new opportunities. They are:

  • Sirpa Rautio, Finnish Human Rights Centre (also ENNHRI Chair); she is moving on to become Director, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
  • Diana Kovatcheva, Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria; she is taking up the position of Judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Bulgaria.
  • Miroslaw Wróblewski, Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland; he has left to take on the new role of Director, Polish Data Protection Agency.

Their tireless commitment and immense expertise have helped take the network to new heights and ensure that the community of European NHRIs is closer than ever. ENNHRI wishes them the best of luck for the future and in their new roles.

Find out more about ENNHRI’s governance here.