Sir Jeremy [image on left]has been Chairman of the UNA-UK Board of Directors since February 2011.
He was a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2004. During this time, he served in the British embassies in Washington DC, Paris, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
He was British Ambassador to the United Nations for five years, from 1998 to 2003, attending over 150 meetings of the UN Security Council. From October 2001 to April 2003, he was Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee, and in 2003 he headed a Security Council mission to West Africa to assess the UN activities there, including the work of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone.
From September 2003 to March 2004, Sir Jeremy served as the UK's Special Representative for Iraq. He was then Director of The Ditchley Foundation until August 2010.
Currently, he is a Trustee of the International Rescue Committee (UK) and a Non-Executive Director of De La Rue plc and of Lambert Energy Advisory.
Bonian Golmohammadi [image on right] was elected Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in August 2009. Previously, Mr. Golmohammadi served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Sweden for eight years. Under his leadership, UNA-Sweden increased its budget from $1 million to $5 million, and expanded its staff from 10 to 30 full-time employees. A new cooperation fund with the corporate sector was set up, which involves multinational companies in long-term partnership ventures.
During his tenure, Mr. Golmohammadi introduced several new programmatic initiatives, such as a bilateral international project in more than ten countries including China, Georgia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The projects ranged on issues from the Millennium Development Goals, conflict prevention, human rights and organizational capacity building.
In addition to programmatic initiatives, Mr. Golmohammadi guided UNA-Sweden to increase its marketing and public relations capacity. As a result, UNA-Sweden was awarded a Gold Medal at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2009 for True Evidence of War, a media campaign to support war victims of Georgia. UNA Sweden won a gold medal at the EuroBest Advertising Awards in 20009 as well as several PR, advertising and marketing awards in Sweden. UNA Sweden now has over 110 local chapters all over Sweden and more than 100 national organizations as members.
Since 2005, Mr. Golmohammadi has served as President of the UNA Europe Network, coordinating United Nations Associations from all over Europe. He has served or is serving on various advisory boards for Swedish Ministers for Development, international development corporations, UN entities, and civil society organizations. Prior to joining UNA-Sweden, Mr. Golmohammadi worked with consultancy and private businesses in Sweden and the Czech Republic, including developing a national globalization project for high schools, working with publishing as well as project management.
Mr. Golmohammadi earned a degree in Political Science, and has studied International Law, Human Rights and Philosophy, from Stockholm and Uppsala Universities.