GOPAC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of members of each Regional Chapter. Fully organized Regional Chapters are entitled to three members on the Board. Regional Chapters in the process of being established are entitled to one member on the Board.
Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, Philippines
Senator Edgardo Angara was elected Chair of the GOPAC Board of Directors in 2013. He was Vice-Chair of the GOPAC Board of Directors from 2011-2013. Educator, lawyer, banker, farmer, arts patron – Sen. Angara is the longest serving senator in the post-EDSA Senate. He authored landmark laws on agriculture, education, health, arts and culture, science and technology, good governance, financial reforms and social welfare, including the Free High School Act, National Health Insurance Act, Senior Citizens Act, Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and Renewable Energy Act. As president of University of the Philippines from 1981-1987, Sen. Angara upheld the university’s reputation for academic excellence. During the 8th Congress, he headed the Congressional Commission on Education which led to the creation of the Commission on Higher Education and Technical Education and Skill Development Authority. Sen. Angara established the National Museum, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Natatanging Manlilikha Award and National Cultural Heritage Law.
His initiatives on good governance include the Procurement Reform Act and his involvement in the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption as vice president and in the Southeast Asia Parliamentarians Against Corruption as charter president. His knowledge of financial markets led to the passage of the Credit Information System Act, Personal Equity And Retirement Account, Real Estate Investment Trust Act, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation charter and Pag-Ibig Fund Charter. Sen. Angara was awarded the Premio Casa Asia in 2010 for his efforts to rekindle the Philippines’ historic ties with Spain and Mexico through the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Act and the annual International Día del Galeón Festival.
He is the Philippine representative to the Unión Latina and the first Filipino Lee Kuan Yew Fellow.
Ricardo Garcia Cervantes, Mexico
Ricardo García Cervantes is a Mexican lawyer and politician born in Torreón, Coahuila. He has been a city councillor for Torreón, a federal Representative in three legislatures and a senator twice; he was President of the Board of the Chamber of Representatives and coordinator of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) representatives, for which he had been campaigning since 1977. He served as undersecretary to the Governor of the state of Baja California; undersecretary of media regulations for the Ministry of the Interior of the federal government; and Ambassador of Mexico en Costa Rica. He was the president of the Humanismo Político foundation and the Rafael Preciado foundation. He was an academic coordinator and professor at Panamerican University and Universidad Iberoamericana and a columnist in several publications. In the Senate of Mexico he was Chair of the Border Affairs committee, Foreign Affairs North America committee and Legislative Studies committee as well as Vice-President of the Board. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of GOPAC Mexico and GOPAC Latin America and the Caribbean and since 13 march 2011 has been Vice-Chair of the global organization. On 5 December 2012, the President of the Republic of Mexico appointed him Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention, and Community Services of the Republic of Mexico.
Hon. Mary King, Trinidad and Tobago
The Honourable Mary King is a founding member of GOPAC and was elected Secretary of GOPAC’s Board of Directors in 2008. Before joining the executive committee of the GOPAC Board of Directors, Hon. Mrs. King was the head of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of Transparency International. In addition to her work with GOPAC, Hon. Mrs. King is a former Senator and Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs and served as an Independent Senator from 2000 – 2007. She also served on a number of Parliamentary Committees including the Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee, and chaired one of the oversight Committees, the Joint Select Committee – Government Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises – Part II. She is currently the chairman of Mary King & Associates Ltd., a marketing research and business consulting company.
Member-at-large and Chair of Management Committee
Dr. Naser Al Sane, Kuwait
Dr. Al Sane has been a member of GOPAC since 2002 and was Chair from 2008 to 2013. He is also the Vice-Chairman of International Forum for Islamic Politics headquartered at Jakarta – Indonesia; the Chairman of Synergy Corporation Consultancy Company, a prominent Management Consultancy company in Kuwait; and an Assistant Professor of Business at the Kuwait College for Business. Formerly, Dr. Al Sane was a member of the Kuwaiti Parliament. He decided not to run in 2009 after serving his constituents for 17 years. During his tenure as a member of Parliament, he chaired several parliamentary committees: Financial and Economic Committee, Budget Committee, Public Funds Protection Committee, Human Rights Committee, Employment and Administrative Development Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee. Dr. Al Sane holds a BSc from Kuwait University, a MBA from New Haven University in USA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Aston University, UK.
Dr. Mamdouh Al Abbadi
Dr. Al Abbadi joined the GOPAC Board of Directors in 2011. He is a member of the Jordanian Parliament and former Minister of Health. He is also the President of the Democratic Parliamentarian Party.
Hon. Mahi Bahi Ammar
The Honourable Ammar has been involved in GOPAC since 2006 when he was the Chair of the Algerian National Chapter of GOPAC. He was elected to the GOPAC Board of Directors in 2011. He is a former Minister of Justice, as well as a former MP and a Judge in Algeria. He is also the founder of and active in a number of associations and institutions including the Emir Abdelkader Institution.
Hon. Ndeye Gaye Cissé
The Honourable Ndeye Gaye Cisse joined the GOPAC Board of Directors in 2011. She is the Vice-President of the National Assembly of Senegal and a Member of Parliament for the district of Kebemer. She has a degree in Gender Studies and has worked as a Principal at a private school. She is the President of the Association of Rural Women (Kebemer district) and has provided training to women on revenue generating activities. She is also the Managing Director of a professional development centre for farmers.
Hon. John Hyde
The Honourable John Hyde was the Member for Perth in the West Australian Parliament from 2001 to 2013. He chairs the Australian Chapter of GOPAC. Since 2001 he has been Chair or Deputy Chair of the West Australian Parliament’s oversight committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission and its predecessors. As Parliamentary Secretary to the previous Attorney-General he was also involved in the drafting of legislation and changes to establish WA’s modern Corruption and Crime Commission.
Hon. Willias Madzimure
The Hon. Willias Madzimure was elected as a member of the GOPAC Board of Directors in April 2013. He is also a regional representative on the African Parliamentarians’ Against Corruption (APNAC) Board of Directors, Chair of APNAC Zimbabwe, and a member of the GOPAC Parliamentary Oversight Global Task Force. He has been an active member of GOPAC since 2004. In addition to his work with GOPAC, he is a Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe for Kambuzuma in Harare and has held this seat since June 2000. In March 2011, he was elected as the MDC Harare province secretary. Before that, he was the Harare provincial secretary for information and publicity. During the sixth Parliament of Zimbabwe session – 2005 to February 2008 – Hon. Madzimure was the party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs issues and in 2008 was elected Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Zimbabwe. He also runs a successful business in Harare and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu
Sen. Marie Claire Mukasine
Senator Marie Claire Mukasine was elected as a member of the GOPAC Board of Directors in April 2013.She is also Vice-chair of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Board of Directors and was elected Chair of the APNAC-Rwanda Chapter in 2011. She holds an MBA specialized in Public Sector Management from Maastricht School of Management and a Bachelor Degree in Law from National University of Rwanda and has 30 years of professional experience in public, private and non-governmental institutions. She has occupied various positions such as Lawyer in the Ministry of Education, Judge in the Court of First Instance, Executive Secretary in the Association HAGURUKA for promotion of Women and Children rights, Secretary General in the Ministry of Gender and family promotion, Director General of the Rwanda National Insurance Corporation, Director General of Rwanda Investment Group and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure. Since October 2011, she is a Senator in the Parliament of Rwanda for a term of eight years.