Gabriella SOZANSKI

6 chemin de la Prairie

CH-1296 Coppet

Tel: +41(0) 22 7947594,   +41(0) 76 3382229

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Szövegdoboz: PROFILE


A senior manager with extensive experience in working with international organisations, particularly with international NGOs in various sectors (financial, agricultural, health). Drafted strategy papers and reports. Liaised with UN agencies, European Union and Council of Europe. Was in charge of membership relations and knowledge management. Experienced in networking and communication. On-site experience from study trips in 65 countries. Advocacy with governments and international organisations. Proven skills in organising big meetings and conferences.  First-class analytical, design and problem solving skills. Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards.



2009-              Coordinator – NGO Forum for Health, Geneva


2008                Project Manager – World Health Organization, Geneva

                        Partnership with NGOs in Health Promotion

                        Research study: Harnessing Local Knowledge for Health Promotion


2008-              Board Member/Secretary of NGO Alliance for Health Promotion, Geneva

§         Strategic planning and advocacy

§         Garnering and distribution of best practice

§         Development of a website for NGO Health Promotion

§         Design and coordination of programmes for workshops and conferences


2007-              Senior Advisor – International Health Co-operative Organisation, Spain


1994 – 2007               Director of Knowledge Management, previously Director for Europe and Director of Member Services - International Co-operative Alliance, ICA, Geneva          

§         Developed strategy papers for the Board

§         Represented ICA with international organisations

§         Had full responsibility of infrastructure and logistics for General Assemblies and conferences up to 2000 participants

§         Coordinated international projects for crises management

§         Lobbied with government agencies and international organisations

§         Achieved enabling legislation for co-operatives in Central and Eastern Europe and in CIS countries

§         Managed projects financed by the European Commission


1993                Consultant

§         Feasibility study for EU PHARE Project, Hungary (agricultural sector)

§         Booklet published by  ICA Studies and Reports series on Romania

§          Study on The co-operative banking system of the EU countries

§          Article on Globalisation published in the Scientific Journal “Cooperation”, Hungary


1991-1992      Technical Assistant - World Council of Credit Unions, European Office, Geneva    

§         Set up and moderated working groups in CEEC & CIS countries with the task of helping to develop credit unions

§         Represented the sector at international level

§         Drafted project proposals for EU financing

§         Edited a newsletter for the European Office




1971-1991      International Counsellor - National Federation of Agricultural Co-operators and Producers, MOSZ, Budapest     

§         Developed relations with foreign partner organisations and organised exchange of experience

§         Drafted strategic plans for international relations and their implementation and evaluation

§         Represented the sector at international level

§         Organised international seminars/training for developing countries

§         Co-edited an FAO handbook on agricultural development


1969-1971      Marketing Assistant – MAHART Hungarian Shipping Company Ltd., Budapest    

§         Participated in a comparative study on costs between river and land transportation

§         Coordinated the international activities of the Danube Committee

§         Organised international meetings


Szövegdoboz: EDUCATION


1976-1977      BA degree in international trade and business administration – Foreign Trade College of the University of Economics, Budapest

1988-1990      Post-graduate studies in Political Science, Political Academy, Budapest



                        English, French, German – excellent

                        Spanish, Russian – good working knowledge

                                Hungarian – mother tongue


MS Office (word processing, spreadsheets, ppt) for PC and Mac, Internet applications, Dreamweaver



                        Date of birth:               12 August 1948

                        Nationality:                  Hungarian/SwissSzövegdoboz: HOBBIES 



Nordic walking, swimming, enjoying music and arts, reading