​​​​​​​​​​Officers of the Human Rights Council's Ninth Cycle (2015)


H.E. Ms. Filloreta KODRA (Albania), Vice-President

Filloreta Kodra is Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations Office at Geneva since December 2012.

Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Kodra had been serving as Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities since 2009. She was Vice Chairperson of the Socialist Movement for Integration Party from 2005 to 2009. Concurrently, in 2006, she was President of the Institute for Studies on Good Governance and Sustainable Development. Ms. Kodra served as Minister Councellor at the Permanent Mission of Albania to the United Nations Office at Geneva in 2003 and 2004.

Ms. Kodra was Director of the Department of Public Administration at the Council of Ministers of Albania from 1998 to 2003. She worked at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 1993 to 1998, first as a senior expert in salaries and then as Director of the Directorate for Social Policies. She worked at the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Finance as an expert dealing with statistics and economic issues from 1982 to 1992, and concurrently was a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana. Ms. Kodra has worked in the areas of public administration reform and tripartite relations since 1992 and has made great contributions to Albania’s public administration reform and salary reform of the administration.

Ms. Kodra has a degree from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana in political economy and has attended a number of training courses. She has a series of publications and is working on her PhD on the public administration reform in Albania. She was born in 1954 and is married with two daughters.

H.E. Mr. Juan Esteban AGUIRRE MARTÍNEZ (Paraguay), Vice-President

Juan Esteban Aguirre Martinez is Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations Office at Geneva since September 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva Mr. Martinez was the Deputy Minister of Paraguay for Foreign Affairs, a position he held from 2011. From 2010 to 2011 he was the Director General of Multilateral Policy at the Ministry of External Relations. Mr. Martinez undertook an eight-year posting to Canada between 2001 and 2009, where he served as Paraguay’s Ambassador to that country. From 2000 to 2001 Mr. Martinez was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which followed a tour of duty to the United States where he spent a year serving as Ambassador, the second time he held that position, the first being between the years of 1992 and 1994. Mr. Martinez was also the Ambassador to Brazil during the years 1989 to 1992.

During his career Mr. Martinez also spent time working for the United Nations. From 1994 to 1999 he held the consecutive posts of representative of the United Nations for the population with the Governments of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela; and as representative of the United Nations Population Fund with the Government of Guatemala. Mr. Martinez worked as a Programme Officer for the United Nations between 1983 and 1985.

Prior to his international career Mr. Martinez was the Coordinator of International Cooperation Technical Secretariat of Planning from 1976 to 1983, and the Director of the Official Journal of the Senate from 1973 to 1976. Between the years of 1971 and 1973 he worked for the Paraguayan airline Líneas Aereas Paraguayas. Mr Martinez was a member of the armed forces of Paraguay for three years, serving his country between 1968 and 1971.

Mr. Martinez graduated from the University of Asunción in 1973 with a law degree, which he followed by reading a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of South California between 1974 and 1976. He also gained a Diploma in Public Administration in Japan, where he studied from 1979 and 1980.

Born 5 August 1949 in Asunción, Mr. Martinez is married and speaks Spanish, Guaraní, English, Portuguese and French.  

H.E. Mr. Mukhtar TILEUBERDI (Kazakhstan), Vice-President

Mukhtar Tileuberdi is Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office at Geneva since August 2009.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tileuberdi had been serving as Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation and as Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, since July 2008. From 2004 to 2008, he was Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Malaysia, and from 2005 to 2008, he was Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines concurrently. He was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan from 2003 to 2004.

A career diplomat, Mr. Tileuberdi has served as Counsellor at Kazakhstan’s Embassy in Israel from 2001 to 2003; and Third Secretary and then Second Secretary at the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Korea from 1996 to 1999. He has also held other posts at the Ministry. He worked at Kazakh State University from 1990 to 1993, first as a junior member of the research staff of the Chair of Philosophy and History, and then as Assistant to the Chair of Chinese Philology.

Mr. Tileuberdi has degrees from Kazakh State University in Almaty (1990); the Institute of Asia and Africa by Moscow State University (1992); and the University of Jensey in Seoul, Republic of Korea (1994). He was born on 30 June, 1968 in South Kazakhstan Region. He is married with two children.

H.E. Mr. Mothusi Bruce Rabasha PALAI (Botswana), Vice-President and Rapporteur

Mothusi Bruce Rabasha Palai is Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations Office at Geneva since February 2011. Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Palai had been serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security of Botswana since January 2010. He was Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President from June 2008 to December 2009. From June 2004 to June 2008, he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Homes Affairs. He was Deputy Permanent Secretary and a Political Affairs Officer of the President from February 2000 to May 2004, and Commissioner of Labour and Social Security from March 1992 to February 2000. Mr. Palai joined the Ministry of Education in June 1982, and between June 1983 to February 1992, he held several posts at the Department of Labour and Social Security. During his career, Mr. Palai has represented Botswana at many international fora. He has a Master of Science in Labour Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1987 to 1989) and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Sociology from the University of Botswana and Swaziland (1978 to 1982). He was born on 2 April 1959 in Mochudi, Botswana.