Role

The OWHC's General By-Laws determine the functions of the General Secretariat.

At the General Assembly held in Fez, Morocco, on September 8, 1993, it was decided that the headquarters of the OWHC would be established in Québec City, Canada, a World Heritage City and the capital of the Province of Québec.

 

Composition

In accordance with the OWHC's General By-Laws, the General Secretariat is directed by a Secretary General, appointed by the General Assembly of the members. Here is the history of the Secretaries General:
 


Secretary General 
 
Mandate
Marcel Junius 1993-1998
Denis Ricard 1998-1999 / 2001-2007 / 2009 to present
Siri Myrvoll (Interim) 2000-2001
Lee Minaidis (Interim) 2007-2008

 


The actual composition of the General Secretariat is as follows:

 

The Secretary General
 

Denis Ricard
Secretary General
dricard@ovpm.org 

 
Denis Ricard – Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities

Denis Ricard, Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, an honours degree in political sciences and a master’s degree in international relations.

 

Politics, international relations and heritage – A diversified career

In addition to the general secretariat of the OWHC, Mr. Ricard has been in the field of politics and international relations, in the private and public sectors as well as in international organizations, also holding many executive positions in the Canadian and Quebec public services.

More specifically, Denis Ricard was:

  • Deputy Secretary General of The experiment in international living of Canada
  • Executive Director of The overseas book center
  • Deputy to the Director General of Canada World Youth
  • Executive Director of the Association des intervenants en toxicomanie
  • Chief of Staff of the Minister of the Environment of Canada
  • Chief of Staff of the Minister of Employment and Immigration of Canada
  • Deputy Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Quebec
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of International Relations of the Government of Quebec
  • Senior Advisor for the United Nations Biodiversity Programs (UNEP)
  • Director General of the Summit of the Americas and the Summit of the Francophonie
  • Senior Advisor to the Governments of Senegal, Mauritius, Benin and Vietnam for the organization of Summits of Heads of State
 
Publications

"Répertoire en Toxicomanie" , work under the supervision of Denis Ricard

"Le Québec dans la Francophonie" , work under the supervision of Denis Ricard

"Les Institutions de la Francophonie", article by Denis Ricard published in Francophonie et Acte Unique Européen

 

The staff of the General Secretariat
 

Lee Minaidis
Deputy Secretary General
lee@rhodes.gr

Rachel Larouche
Office Manager
rlarouche@ovpm.org

 

Andréanne Charest
Programs Administrator
acharest@ovpm.org

Félix Rousseau
Programs Administrator
frousseau@ovpm.org

 


The coordinators of the Regional Secretariats

Matthias Ripp
Regional Coordinator for
Northwest Europe and North America
Regensburg, Germany

 

Ákos Capdebo
Regional Coordinator for
Eastern and Central Europe
Budapest, Hungary

 

 

Rafael Perez de la Concha Camacho
Regional Coordinator for
Southern Europe and the Mediterranean 
Cordoba, Spain 

 

Shirley Mozo Mercado
Regional Coordinator for
South America
Rimac, Peru

 

Rassikh Sagitov
Regional Coordinator for
Euro-Asia
Kazan, Russian Federation 

 

Sang-wook Lee
Regional Coordinator for
Asia-Pacific
Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

 

 

Zoubeïr Mouhli
Regional Coordinator for
Africa and the Middle East
Tunis, Tunisia

 

Juan Carlos Mata García
Regional Coordinator for
Central America, Caribbean and Mexico
Morelia, Mexico

 


Seat of the OWHC


 

 

 

 

 

General Secretariat of the OWHC
5, rue Cul-de-Sac
Quebec City (Quebec)
G1K 4H6
Canada

Phone : (418) 692 0000
@: secretariat@ovpm.org