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The General Assembly


The General Assembly holds at least one meeting a year to adopt decisions regarding the general strategy of AICESIS, plan its activities, and adopt decisions on specific matters concerning the implementation of the Presidency roadmap. The General Assembly appoints the President and the members of the Board of Directors.




The Board of directors


The Board of Directors is appointed by the General Assembly for a two-year term taking into account a balanced geographical distribution of its members. The Board of Directors currently comprises 18 members representing the four continents or regions of the AICESIS members.


Below are the current members of the Board of Directors:

  • Africa: Benin - Ivory Coast - Mali - Senegal - RDC - UCESA
  • Latin America & Caribbean : Curacao - Aruba - Guatemala
  • Europe: Serbia, Monaco, Romania, Greece, Luxembourg, France.
  • Eurasia / Asia / Middle Orient: China - Korea - Russia


The Board of Directors prepares the General Assembly meetings and adopts decisions to implement its criteria

And with two representation and management institutions


The Presidency


The Presidency of AICESIS is exercised by the President of the Council appointed by the General Assembly as designated by the ESC-SI of the continent whose turn is to provide the rotating presidency for two years.


The Presidency submits to the General Assembly the Roadmap and the Schedule of activities to be developed during its term, and also establishes the main topic of its Presidency.


The Presidency represents AICESIS, exercises the roles assigned by the statutes of the association, and chairs the Board of Directors and General Assembly meetings.


The President : John Hubert Jacobs


The Presidency of AICESIS during the 2023-2025 period is ensured by Curacao to represent the Latin America & Caribbean.


Continuing training:

  • Dutch Antillean law; University of the Netherlands Antilles; Higher Economic and Administrative
  • Education (HEAO); Eindhoven University of Applied Sciences; Canadian Institute for Organization
  • Management, Ontario, Canada: Organization Management, Association Management, Strategic Planning,
  • Management Dynamics, Advanced Management Dynamics I, Advanced Management Dynamics II


Current Employer: Chamber of Commerce & Industry Curaçao

  • 2004-today Secretary Chamber of Commerce and Industry Curaçao
  • 1996-2004 Second Secretary and Treasurer and Legal Advisor Chamber of Commerce and Industry Curaçao In charge of the executive day-to-day management of the organization.
  • 1988-1995 Policy officer, Head of registers and Coordinator automation Chamber of Commerce and Industry Curaçao; Responsible for all register cases and legal and political issues
  • 1988-1989 Acting Head registers Chamber of Commerce and Industry Curaçao. Responsible for register and automation issues
  • 1987-1988 Head officer registers and Automation


Previous employer: AHOLD Public limited company 1982-1987

In the functions: employee automation, employee logistics and employee financial administration


Other current (additional) positions:

  • Acting President of the Social and Economic Council
  • Treasurer of the Foundation for the development of Curaçao
  • Chairman Foundation for the management of Small, Medium Enterprises Funds
  • Commissioner/Member of the Advisory Committee of the Development Bank of the Netherlands Antilles N.V.
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board and SPF Management shares of Rif Resort Hotel N.V.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Foundation Special Funds (OBNA)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of SPF Pietermaai 25
  • Treasurer Foundation Executive pension fund J.M.G. Pro Consult


Former functions (excl. Secretariats of Committees, membership working groups, Symposia, etc)

  • Treasurer Of the Gaming Control Board Foundation
  • Treasurer Foundation ‘Wega di Number Kòrsou’
  • Deputy Special Judge (4) multiple chambers of appeals social and peoples claims
  • Board member Foundation Management of Addiction
  • Member representative of companies in the Commission pursuant to Article 3 of the National Ordinance termination of employment contracts (Dismissal Committee)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the University of the Netherlands Antilles
  • Board member Foundation for the mobility centrum of Curaçao
  • Member Referendum Committee Curaçao 1993, Member Referendum Committee Curaçao 2005
  • Member Referendum Committee Curaçao 2009
  • Chairman of the Higher Education Foundation for the Behavioral and Social Sector
  • Board member Foundation ‘Negoshi Pikina’
  • Board member Career Foundation
  • Board member Foundation Small Enterprise Curaçao
  • Board member Foundation Airlift Stimulating fund Curaçao
  • Board member Foundation Fund Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member Consultative Body political structure
  • Member consultation platform Political Reform
  • Participant social dialogue "Kolaborativo"/Participant social dialogue National Dialogue



The former presidents



YearsPresidencyTheir topic
2021-2023 Lydia MIKHEEVA (Russia)  Living in the Online Age: Looming Challenges and Urge for Solutions
2019-2021 Aka AOUELE (Ivory Coast)  
2017-2019 Iacob Baciu (Romania) The impact of the digital revolution
2015-2017 Agripino Núñez Collado (Dominican Republic) The role of the ESC-SI in fighting poverty-related inequalities
2013-2015 Evgeniy Velikhov (Russia) The national human capital and the new national sources of competitiveness
2011-2013 Mohamed Seghir Babes (Algeria) What are the new challenges for the organized civil society and what role it should play in promoting employment and the social and professional integration of the youth
2009-2011 Antonio Marzano (Italy) The role of ESC in the new world governance in the economic, social, and environmental field
2009 Janos Toth (Hungary) The effects of the world economic and social financial crisis on reducing inequalities at a worldwide scale and on sustainable development.
2007-2008 José Mucio Monteiro (Brazil) Development with equity and environmental responsibility.
2005-2007 Wang Zhongyu (China) Establish an environment favourable to productive employment and to decent labour for all at national and international level, and study this impact on sustainable development.
... Wang Zhongyu (China) Boost international cooperation, promote joint development, build a harmonious world.
2003-2005 Jaques Dermagne (France) What ESCs expect from WTO and from governments for a better use of globalization for development purposes
2001-2003 Mohamed Salah Mentouri (Algeria) Combatting poverty by sustainable development: towards a partnership approach.
1999-2001 Herman H.F. Wijffels (Netherlands) The globalization of worldwide trade and its consequences.


The general secretariat


The General Secretariat comprises a Secretary-General appointed by the Board of Directors for a four-year term and four Deputy Secretaries-General (one for each continent) appointed by the General Assembly for two years.


The Secretary General is in charge of executing and monitoring the Board of Directors’ decisions, in cooperation with the Deputy Secretaries-General. The Secretary General is responsible for the ordinary management of the Association, including the drafting of an economic activity report which consists of a draft budget to be approved by the General Assembly.



General Secretary



Apostolos Xyrafis (Greece)


With a professional itinerary at the service of social dialogue, Apostolos Xyrafis have driven numerous projects at both national and international level involving social partners and civil society.

Holding a PhD in Economics and Management at the Catholic University of Louvain, he has written and reviewed articles over socio-economic themes and have participated to scientific round tables and conferences all over the world.

He considers himself as a world citizen, strongly preoccupied by global issues.


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Daniel Becker is an economist from University Dauphine in Paris. He holds a diploma from the Business school HEC Paris as well as a bachelor’s degree in Medecine from University Hospital Center Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris.


He started his professional career at a Big4 consultant in the domain of finance. Then, he became, for 5 years, Rapporteur-General of the Luxembourg Competition Inspectorate, then Head of department of Economic affairs and of the department of Transport of the Luxembourg Utilities Regulator, and, since 2016, Secretary-General of the Economic and Social Council of Luxembourg.


He is, among others, member of the National Ethics Commission of his country, as well as of the Surveillance Board of Ligue médico-sociale of Luxembourg. Daniel is an ultra-cyclist.

Oakyi son2017 - as of now : Deputy Director for International Cooperation, Economic, Social and Labor Council of Korea


2011 - 2017 : Project Manager for Official Development Assitance, Rural Development Administration of Korea


2001- 2006 : Staff for Human Resource Team, SKF(Svenska Kullagerfabriken) Korea


Representation of Aicesis at the United Nations / ECOSOC


Mrs Hanifa Mezoui


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