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The jury is made up of women and men who contribute every day to shaping a better world through negotiation. During this third edition of World Negotiation Day, they come together to elect the Negotiator of the Year 2023 and present them with the prize.

Rabih El Haddad

Director of UN Multilateral Diplomacy

Rabih El Haddad leads the Multilateral Diplomacy Division which encompasses multilateral negotiation, international law programme and the Institute's New York office. Among his responsibilities, he plays an essential role at the level of the UN intergovernmental mechanism with the aim of ensuring informed decisions. As a result, he works closely with Ministers of Foreign Affairs, directors of different UN entities, ministers in charge of complex international negotiations, as well as members of the private sector. During his long career, he supported major negotiations led by the G77, the LDC Group, the African Group, the SIDC and the GCC.

Marwan Mery

Professional negotiator and founder of ADN

He works with businesses, government organizations and NGOs to resolve complex situations. Consultant to the United Nations and speaker at Harvard University in complex negotiations, he is the author of around ten successful books. Marwan is a former officer® specializing in influence and crisis negotiation within the COS, the headquarters of the French special forces.

Amr Aljowaily

Director of UN Multilateral Diplomacy

Ambassador Amr Aljowaily is an international civil servant, diplomat, academic and writer with 33 years of professional experience. He currently serves as Strategic Advisor to the Vice Chairperson of the African Union Commission (Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement) in Addis Ababa.

Angelika Muller

Head of the Official Relations Unit in charge of the ILO governance bodies.

Holder of a master's degree in comparative labor law and international human resources, she has worked since 2004 at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva (Switzerland). Angelika specializes in policy advice on labor law reforms, governance, multilateral negotiations, collective bargaining, tripartism and social dialogue. Since 2018, Angelika has been Head of the Official Relations Unit in charge of the ILO governance bodies.

Corinne Momal-Vanian

Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation

From 2005 to 2006, Corinne Momal-Vanian was special assistant to Kofi Annan. She then held various leadership positions in various countries for the United Nations, most recently as Director of Conference Management at the United Nations Office at Geneva (2015-2020) and Director of Information (2010- 2015). Additionally, she worked for six years in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, after serving in two United Nations regional economic and social commissions.

Dominique Bichara

Director of Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Affairs and Administration (SECCA)

A lawyer specializing in European business law, she joined the legal department of the World Bank Group in 1992 where she held different positions from the opening in 2004 of the first office of the World Bank Group in Tunisia, until 2010 where she is appointed Special Representative of the World Bank Group to the United Nations in New York. In 2016, she was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs and Administration in the General Secretariat of the World Bank Group.

S.E Doreen de Brum

Ambassador to Switzerland and permanent representative to the United Nations Office

Before being appointed Ambassador in 2019, HE deBrum held several responsibilities as a public servant. She served as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Multilateral Affairs in the Marshall Islands Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Fisheries Planning Advisor. From 2010 to 2013, she was seconded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Trade as a consultant to FAO, to coordinate the food security and sustainable livelihoods program in the Marshall Islands.

Elayne G. Whyte

Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations

She is currently Professor of Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies -SAIS- in Washington, D.C. In 2017, she served as President of the United Nations Conference that negotiated and adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force in 2021 and which today has nearly 100 signatories. Elayne Whyte was a member of the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University and the Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she conducted research on global negotiations and led a study group on “negotiating for humanity.”

Dr Fatima Akilu

Executive Director of the Neem Foundation

Holding an MSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading (UK), she was responsible for communications to the Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ). From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Akilu served as Director of Behavioral Analysis and Strategic Communications in the Office of the National Security Advisor, where she pioneered Nigeria's first Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. She oversaw psychological support services provided to more than 30,000 survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, a region significantly affected by climate change.

Matthew McKinnon

Executive Director of Aroha

With over 20 years of experience tackling climate change and global challenges at the United Nations, he is a senior advisor to the CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation and chair of the MSC Foundation Advisory Board. He established the Climate Vulnerable Forum and V20 secretariat and led a campaign for a 1.5 degree Celsius limit in the Paris Agreement on climate change. He previously worked at the United Nations Secretariat, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UNICEF.

Miguel Bautista

Secretary of the Trade and Development Board Director of Outreach and Intergovernmental Support

A career diplomat, Miguel R. Bautista served at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York, the Philippine Consulate General in New York, and the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. He was also admitted to the Philippine Council on Foreign Relations and was a member of the international relations faculties of Miriam College in Quezon City and the College of St. Benilde in Manila, Philippines.

Ross Mountain

Deputy Secretary-General, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations

Having served as Deputy Secretary-General, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP in many countries, most recently in Lebanon. Ross Moutain has held leadership positions at the United Nations managing humanitarian, reconstruction, development and peacekeeping operations. He also served as the Secretary-General's Special Humanitarian Envoy for the crises in Mozambique and East Timor. Finally, he worked in Myanmar as a senior UN advisor and senior UN advisor. Secretary General on cholera in Haiti.

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu


An economist by training, Ambassador Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu holds an MBA in Finance and Investments and a Masters in European Studies and International Relations. As the Democratic Republic of Congo's chief negotiator for the UN Climate Convention negotiation process, he has participated in most of the UN climate conferences since 2007. He was elected chair of the African Group of Negotiators at the Copenhagen conference in December 2009 and held this position until the Durban conference in December 2011

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