Global Council

Participants at PWYP’s ten year anniversary conference endorsed and elected the Global Steering Committee on 19 September 2012. In April 2015, to reflect the transition of PWYP becoming an entity independent to its host Open Society Foundation, the Global Steering Committee became the Global Council.

The Global Council brings together a maximum of 10 representatives of the regions and member organisations with global reach. The Global Council advises the Board and Executive Director. It develops strategies and prioritises activities in operational plans, making recommendations to the Executive Director and Board as appropriate. It does so through expression of, and debate between, the diversity of ‘voices’ of PWYP members. It aims for decision by consensus, but votes on recommendations when necessary. The Global Council develops means for resolution of difference between members on matters of importance to PWYP.

The Global Council is accountable to the Global Assembly for its work, and makes key recommendations on policy and strategy to the Board. For more information read the Governance Manual.


This Global Council was selected at the PWYP Global Assembly in Lima, Peru, 22-23 February 2016, except for the Africa representatives who were selected at a meeting in Senegal in July 2016. The Chair of the PWYP Global Council is Suneeta Kaimal, the Global Reach representative in the Global Council.

Africa as a whole

Taran Diallo: Guinea

Anglophone Africa

Camilo Nhancale: PWYP Mozambique


Starjoan Villanueva: Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao, The Philippines


Tur-Od Lkhagvajav: Transparency International (TI) – Mongolia

Europe and North America

Jana Morgan: PWYP US

Francophone Africa

Ibrahima Sory Diallo: Senegal

Latin America: Aroa de la Fuente (Fundar, Mexico)

Aroa de la Fuente: Latin American Network on Extractive Industries

Middle East and North Africa

Sihem Bouazza: Tunisian coalition of transparency in the extractive industries

Global Reach

Suneeta Kaimal: Natural Resource Governance Institute

Global Reach

Simon Taylor: Global Witness


Representation is based on regions (weighted according to number of coalitions). Each member represents a constituency, if you have any matters that need to be discussed by the Global Council please contact your representative.

Previous Meetings

The first Global Steering Committee meeting took place in Sydney on 18th – 19th May 2013. Read the communiqué here.

The second Global Steering Committee meeting took place in Paris on 22nd – 23rd January 2014. Read the minutes here.

The third Global Steering Committee meeting took place in Washington DC on 5th - 6th August 2014. Read the minutes here.

The transition meeting when the Global Steering Committee became the Global Council took place in Istanbul in April 2015. Read the minutes here.

The meeting on 2-3 December 2015 took place in Brussels, Belgium, jointly with PWYP’s Board. Read the minutes here.

The Global Council met on 14 and 15 September 2021 in Barcelona, Spain and included a joint meeting with PWYP’s Board. Read the minutes here.

Terms of Reference