World Chambers Federation

WCF announces General Council nominees

  • 25 October 2016
ICC World Chambers

The World Chambers Federation (WCF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has announced the nomination of 48 chamber leaders from around the world, standing to fill 20 seats on the WCF General Council.

The World Chambers Federation (WCF) is the backbone of the global chamber community, uniting the network of local, regional, national, and bilateral chambers.

Recognising the value of diversity across its global chamber network and in its leadership, the WCF General Council seeks representation from all regions, professional levels, and from chamber organisations of every size and structure. Candidates will stand for election in November 2016 to serve for a three-year period from 2017-2019.

The quality of candidates for the WCF General Council reflects the global aspirations that our chambers have for ensuring a strong WCF,” said Peter Mihok, WCF Chair. “Both WCF and council members benefit from a unique and truly global forum, that not only helps our chambers innovate, but unites globally on issues common at the grassroots level in their respective communities and within their organisations.


*Indicates current WCF General Council members

  • Víctor Dosoretz, Treasurer, Camara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios, Argentina
  • Stephen Cartwright*, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Business Chamber, Australia
  • Richard Schenz*, Vice Chairman, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austria
  • Hossain Kahled, President, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bangladesh
  • Wouter Van Gulck*, General Manager, Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce, Belgium
  • Egrlit Ahmet, Current Vice-president, Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia
  • Sergio Papini de Mendonça Uchôa*, Vice-President, Confederation of Brazilian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Brazil
  • Adam Legge, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Canada
  • Will Pineau, CEO, Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, Cayman Islands
  • Peter T. Hill*, Chairman, Santiago Chamber of Commerce, Chile
  • Yu Jianlong, Secretary General, China Chamber of International Commerce CCOIC, China
  • Monica De Greiff*, Executive President, Bogota Chamber of Commerce, Colombia
  • Želimir Kramarić, Vice President for International Affairs, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatia
  • Vladimír Dlouhý, President, Czech Chamber of Commerce, CzechRepublic
  • Jens Klarskov*, Chief Executive Officer, Danish Chamber of Commerce, Denmark
  • Dominique Brunin, Chief Executive Officer, CCI France International, France
  • Nino Chikovani, President, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Georgia
  • Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Association of German Chambers, Germany
  • Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso, President, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ghana
  • Emmanouil Vlachogiannis*, First Vice-President, Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greece
  • Laszlo Parragh*, President, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungary
  • Ram Gandhi*, Chairman, President’s Advisory Council and Trustee & Past President, Indian Merchants’ Chamber, India
  • Pedram Soltani, Fisrt Vice President, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Iran
  • Uriel Lynn*, President, Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, Israel
  • Vincenzo Ilotte, President, Torino Chamber of Commerce, Italy
  • Toru Ishida, President, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan
  • Kiprono Kittony*, National Chairman, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kenya
  • Rabih Sabra, Director General, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
  • Danela Arsovska, President, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Macedonia
  • Yong Poh Kon*, President, Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers, Malaysia
  • Bhanu Pratabsingh Jaddoo, Secretary General, the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mauritius
  • Humberto Lozano Avilés, President, Mexico City Chamber of Commerce CANACO CDMX, Mexico
  • Magvan Oyunchimeg, Chief Executive Officer, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mongolia
  • Bassey E.O.Edem, FCA, MFR, President and Chairman of Council, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigeria
  • Lars-Kare Legernes, Managing Director, Oslo Chamber of Commerce, Norway
  • Junaid Esmail Makda*, Chairman for International Affairs, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( KCCI), Pakistan
  • Mario Mongilardi, President, Lima Chamber of Commerce, Peru
  • Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Thani*, Chairman, Qatar Chamber of Commerce, Qatar
  • Mihai Daraban, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Romania
  • Vladimir Padalko, Vice-president, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation, Russia
  • Mark Nowitz, Managing Director, Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SouthAfrica
  • Miquel Valls Maseda*, President, Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation, Spain
  • Vicent Subilia, Deputy Director, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, Switzerland
  • Mohammad Hamsho,
    Secretary General, Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, Syria
  • Ayhan Zeytinoglu*, Chairman, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry, Turkey
  • Bob Kabonero, Board Member, Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), Uganda
  • Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce, UK
  • Jay Byers*, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership, USA

ICC WCF chamber members from more than 130 countries will vote for their 20 preferred representatives, using the online election platform Electionz from 1 to 30 November 2016. Voting members are encouraged to ensure their contact details are also up to date, with each member eligible to vote, provided with a personalised ID and password to complete their ballot.

WCF new General Council will be announced early in December, with returning and new council members beginning their mandate on 1 January 2017. The first meeting is scheduled for 1 March.