Presidency

The Presidency, comprising the President and up to 5 Co-Presidents is elected by the World Council from among local government members for a renewable term between two ordinary sessions of the General Assembly. One member must come from an individual local government member; one from a national association and one come from a member of the Metropolitan Section. In case no gender balance is reached, and at the recommendation of the Committee on Statutory Affairs, the  chairperson of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality can become an ex-officio member of the Presidency with full rights. The Treasurer participates in the work and deliberations of the Presidency. The members of the Presidency fulfil their function without remuneration.  

Kadir Topbaş

Kadir Topbaş
President of UCLG

Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey), President of Union of Municipalities of Turkey and current President of UCLG

Anne Hidalgo

Anne Hidalgo
UCLG Co-President

Mayor of Paris (France), President of UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality

Chen Jianhua

Chen Jianhua
UCLG Co-President

Mayor of Guangzhou (China)

Alain Juppé

Alain Juppé
UCLG Co-President

Mayor of Bordeaux (France), President of French Association of Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Ilsur Metshin

Ilsur Metshin
UCLG CO-President

Mayor of Kazan (Russian Federation)

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle
UCLG CO-President

Mayor of Victoria (Seychelles), President of Association of Districts of Victoria

Mauricio Rodas Espinel

Mauricio Rodas Espinel
UCLG Co-President

Mayor of Quito, Ecuador

Berry Vrbanovic

Berry Vrbanovic
UCLG Treasurer

Mayor of Kitchener (Canada), President Emeritus of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Josep Roig

Josep Roig
Secretary General

UCLG World Secretariat Carrer Avinyó, 15 - Barcelona 08002 SPAIN

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Kadir Topbaş

Kadir Topbaş

Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey), President of Union of Municipalities of Turkey and current President of UCLG

Kadir Topbaş was born in Artvin, Turkey in 1945. He graduated from Marmara University- Faculty of Theology in 1972, and Mimar Sinan University-Department of Architecture in 1974. Topbaş earned his PhD degree from Istanbul University-Department of Art History and Archaeology.

In March 2004 he ran for Mayor of Istanbul and was elected with a vast majority of votes. He was re-elected in 2009 with a larger majority.

He was President of MEWA and Vice-President of UCLG between 2004 and 2007, and Co-President of UCLG from 2007 to 2010. He has been President of UCLG since 2010.

He is also President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey.

PARIS, FRANCE

Anne Hidalgo

Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris (France), President of UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality

Anne Hidalgo is Mayor of Paris from 2014.

With twenty-years experience as an expert in Social Law and Employment, among which ten as a Health & Safety Inspector, she became in 1997 Councillor in the Cabinet of Martine Aubry, the Minister of Employment and Solidarity followed by, from April 1998, the Cabinet of Nicole Péry, the State Secretary for Women′s Rights and Training.

She took part in the elaboration of laws for Youth Employment, the Fight against Exclusion and Gender Equality. Highly committed to Equality, Anne Hidalgo chairs the Permanent Committee on Gender Equality and is a member of the Executive Bureau of UCLG.

GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Chen Jianhua

Chen Jianhua

Mayor of Guangzhou (China)

Chen Jianhua was born in 1956 in Lufeng County, Guangdong Province. He graduated as an engineer at Beijing University of Science and Technology and then obtained a master′s degree as an administrator from the School of Administrative Affairs at Sun Yatsen University.

He has been devoted to local governments and public administration for nearly 30 years. He became Acting Mayor of Guangzhou in December 2011.

He has been Mayor of Guangzhou since January 2012.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Alain Juppé

Alain Juppé

Mayor of Bordeaux (France), President of French Association of Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Alain Juppé was born in 1945 in Landes District. He studied at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1968) and National School of Administration (1972).

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012, Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs in 2010, Minister of Ecology in 2007, Prime Minister of France from 1995 to 1997, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1993, and in charge of Budget within the Ministry of Economy in 1986.

He has been elected Mayor of Bordeaux in 1995, and re-elected in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

He is President of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AFCCRE) since 2012.

KAZAN, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Ilsur Metshin

Ilsur Metshin

Mayor of Kazan (Russian Federation)

Ilsur Metshin was born in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, in 1969. He graduated in law in 1991 from the Kazan State University. Between 1993 and 2005, he served in the administration of the Soviet district in Kazan, the Vakhitovkiy district the Nizhnekamsk region and the Nizhnekamsk city (Tatarstan).

Deputy of the State Council of Tatarstan from 2000 to 2004, he was elected Mayor of Kazan in November 2005. Vice-President of UCLG and President of the Eurasia section of UCLG previously, he is Co-President of UCLG since 2010.

Since 2006, Ilsur Metshin is also Vice-President of the Organization of World Heritage; the International Assembly of Capitals and Big Cities; and the Russian Alliance of Historical Cities and Regions.

VICTORIA, SEYCHELLES

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle

Mayor of Victoria (Seychelles), President of Association of Districts of Victoria

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle was born in 1961 in Seychelles. She studied journalism, radio and television production in France, USA and Mauritius. She attended a course for Commonwealth Diplomats and on public relations.

She has worked in the Ministry of Planning and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, Seychelles Broadcasting Company and National Arts Council.

Since 2012, she is Mayor of Victoria and President of the Association of Districts of Victoria.

QUITO, ECUADOR

Mauricio Rodas Espinel

Mauricio Rodas Espinel

Mayor of Quito, Ecuador

Born in Quito on April 15, 1975, he is married and father of three children. He is Doctor in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito (PUCE).

Since 2008, Dr. Rodas promotes in Ecuador a political program called "Responsible Government Model", an innovative and modern vision that seeks to promote based on public policies a responsible government for the citizens.

On May 14, 2014 he was appointed Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Quito, after winning the general elections on February 23, 2014, becoming the youngest mayor elected in the history of the city.

In July 2014 he was appointed Counselor of the Provincial Government of the Province of Pichincha.

KITCHENER, CANADA

Berry Vrbanovic

Berry Vrbanovic

Mayor of Kitchener (Canada), President Emeritus of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Berry Vrbanovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated in political science and obtained a diploma in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

He is Councillor of Kitchener since 1996, has chaired the city′s environment committee and is currently chairing the planning committee.

He has been President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

UCLG

United Cities and Local Governments
Josep Roig

Josep Roig

UCLG World Secretariat Carrer Avinyó, 15 - Barcelona 08002 SPAIN

Josep Roig has held the post of Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments since September 2011.

He was a founding member of Metropolis, the metropolitan section of UCLG, in 1985, becoming Secretary General of the organization in 1999.

Previously, Josep Roig had worked in the Barcelona Metropolitan Corporation  (1983-1990, 1996-2000, 2009-2011), in different positions  on economic promotion, asset management, finances and planning, first as Coordinator of Technological and Industrial  Parks, then as Deputy Director and, finally, as Financial Director and Deputy Director General.

Josep Roig has held the posts of lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Economics of the University of Barcelona (1977-1985) and Director General of the University of Barcelona (1990-1994).

Graduated in economics by the University of Barcelona (1967-1972) and Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Southern California (1974-1977)