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Meet the 2023 JCI Board of Directors candidates!

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Meet the candidates for the 2023 JCI Board of Directors!

During the 2022 JCI World Congress hosted by the Hong Kong Conference Organizing Committee, Chief Delegates and National Presidents from JCI Organizations will elect the leaders of the international organization for the coming year. These chosen representatives include: 2023 JCI Vice Presidents, 2023 JCI Executive Vice Presidents and the 2023 JCI President.

Following JCI’s philosophy of “One Year to Lead,” these promising candidates will reliably bring new perspectives, ideas and experience to JCI’s leadership. They are a crucial part of JCI and will massively assist with the ongoing development of outstanding leaders for a changing world. Not only that, but this opportunity will push them forward on their own leadership journeys, fulfilling JCI’s promise to provide new tools and experiences to its members. 

Continue reading to learn more about each candidate, and discover their plans for the future of JCI during the 2022 JCI World Congress. Registration for this exciting event is open right now!

The candidates appear in the order that their approved nomination was received by the JCI World Headquarters.

Candidate for 2023 JCI President

Viktor Ómarsson

Viktor joined JCI Reykjavík in April 2010, attended JCI European Academy that same year and became Local President in 2011. In 2012 he served as National President of JCI Iceland and since then has held several different positions both within JCI Iceland, JCI Europe and JCI international. In 2016, Viktor served as the Chairperson of JCI European Development Council. In 2017 he served as JCI Vice President, assigned to JCI Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Viktor served as Executive Vice President assigned to Europe in 2019, Chief Executive Assistant to the President in 2020 and JCI Treasurer in 2021. This year he is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Chairperson of the Growth and Development committee. He holds JCI Senator No. 73511 and has attended many international JCI events, including 24 Area Conferences and 10 World Congresses. He has been a JCI trainer since 2011 and held training sessions all around the world.

Viktor was born on the 17th of June in 1983, in Borganes, Iceland. With his spouse Elizes Low, Viktor lives in Reykjavik in Iceland and has a second home in Malaysia. He has studied political science, business administration, auditing and accounting and is running a finance and accounting firm as well as a coaching and training company.

Candidates for 2023 JCI Executive Vice President

Achille Sonehekpon

Achille Sonehekpon joined the JCI Cotonou Ocean (Benin) in 2006. During that year he was in charge of the Logistics Commission and led the new members’ welcoming project. From 2007 to 2010, he served a variety of roles including Local Director of Growth, Local Director of Partnership, was in charge of logistics for the Local Convention and was also Vice-President in charge of External Relations. In 2011 he was the National President’s assistant, helmed the task of partnership management and was a founding member that led the creation and set up of JCI Cotonou Saphir. Continuing on in his JCI journey, Achille was elected as National Secretary General in 2012, Executive Vice-President in 2013 and Local President of the JCI Cotonou Saphir in 2014. At the national level, he was elected National Vice-President in 2015, General Treasurer in 2017 and National Executive Vice-President of Zone A in 2018. At the international level, Achille was appointed in 2019 as the Assistant to JCI President Marc Brian Lim and in 2020 served as JCI Vice-President of Africa & Middle East and was assigned to JCI Burkina Faso, JCI Mali, JCI Niger, JCI Congo, JCI Guinea, JCI Senegal, JCI Morocco and JCI Tunisia . In 2021 he was on the JCI Institutional Partners Committee and in 2022 served as a member of the JVC Promotion Committee. Achille is a certified JCI trainer in official courses and the 13th Leadership Academy at the Africa & Middle East Conference in Bamako. He is also a graduate of the 2017 JCI Academy. 

Born on May 12, 1985 in Cotonou, Achille is married and has three kids. He is a Civil Engineer and holds a master’s degree in international trade and management, and is currently the CEO of SONARC Corporate. 

Kaveen Kumar Kumaravel

Kaveen Kumar Kumaravel joined JCI Erode in 2010 with the intention to serve the community and evolve his leadership qualities. In the year 2017, He served as a local organization president of JCI Erode. Several years later he was elected as the Zone President in 2019 and judged as the Most Outstanding Zone President of JCI India. He continued on to serve as Executive Vice President of JCI India in 2020, JCI Vice President in 2021 and Chief Executive Assistant to the President in 2022. Kaveen has attended three World Congress, seven Area Conferences and nine National Conferences. He is a Phil Puglsey Foundation Patron donor of JCI Foundation. 

Born January 25, 1986,  in Erode, TN, India, Kaveen still lives in his hometown with his wife Madhumitha, and their children Krieya and Diyan. Kaveen holds a master’s degree in international business and works as managing partner of a retail chain. As a businessman, he is predominantly involved in retail, specifically the wholesale of multi-branded footwear, bags, toys. He speaks Tamil and English

Bolivar Batista

Bolivar Batista started his journey with JCI at the end of 2010. In 2011, he was National Director of Training and Best New National Member.  He continued on throughout the years to serve as the Local President of JCI 80 Inc., Director of the JCI Dominican Republic National Convention, National Vice President, National Executive Vice President, National Legal Advisor and Assistant to the JCI President for the Americas, National President of JCI Dominican Republic, 2019 JCI Vice President, Commissioner assigned to The Americas of Advocacy and the Commissioner of the American Development Council. In 2022 he continues to serve as director of the American Development Council. He has participated in 12 National Conventions, six JCI Conferences of the Americas, one Asia-Pacific Conference, five World Congresses and one Global Partnership Summit. He is also a graduate of the 2013 American Leadership Academy and the 2018 JCI Academy. He is a JCI trainer qualified to train official courses, a member of the JCI Foundation – Phil Pugsley and was awarded the Senate of JCI No. 78304. 

Bolivar was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on November 19, 1988, and he is married to Maria Alejandra Mora. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and financial management and auditing, as well as a master’s degree in political and business communication. He is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in Financial Engineering. He is Chief Financial Officer of Edesur Dominicana and speaks Spanish and English.

Nihal Zoroğlu

Nihal Zoroglu joined JCI Maltepe in January 2014, became Local President in 2015 and was quickly recognized as the Most Outstanding Local President of JCI Turkey. During her leadership, the Local Organization increased the number of members by 55% percent. She also served as National President, 2019 JCI Vice President and committee member in JCI. She has been honored as JCI Senator No. 76990. 

Zorogluwas born on January 30, 1988, in Ordu, Turkey and currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration and a Micro-MBA degree in “E-commerce & Foreign Trade”. She is the General Manager at Paladin Bilisim, and the Co-founder & Shareholder at PaladinICT and MoWo Consulting companies.  She has over 10 years of experience in leadership assessment and development, succession planning and team effectiveness gained from a variety of international organizations, industries and numerous client companies. She volunteers in AIESEC, YASAD and JCI. She speaks fluent English and basic Italian.

Candidates for 2023 JCI Vice President

Mohammad Chamout

Mohammad joined JCI Latakia in 2008, and became local president in 2018 and National President in 2020. At the international level, Mohammad has served as AMDEC Councilor in 2021, and is a 2022 Foundation committee member. He has attended three JCI Area Conferences and two JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 79986. 

Born February 20, 1984, in Lattakia, Syria, he resides between Dubai, UAE and Latakia Syria, with his wife Dalia and daughter Bana and son Fares. Mohammad has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Management.  He speaks Arabic and English. 

Saïdou Sanou

Saidou Sanou joined JCI in 2008 and has served in several positions such as Local President in 2010, National Programs Director in 2012, Deputy National Legal council in 2014, National Legal council in 2015, National Vice President in 2016, National Executive Vice President in 2017, National Deputy President in 2018 and National President in 2019. At the international level, he served as an Africa and the Middle East Development Council Councilor in 2020, member of the Skills Development Committee in 2021 and is currently a JCI RISE Ambassador. He has also attended three World Congresses and seven Area Conferences. Saidou has been honored as JCI Senator No. 79964 and speaks French, English and three local languages: Mooré, Dioula and Bobo. 

Born on June 6, 1985 in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, he now lives in Ouagadougou with his wife Aminata and his three children Naël, Ricel and Achraf. Saïdou holds a diploma of analyst programmer and a specialized master’s degree in DATA engineering. As an independent consultant for nearly 10 years in governmental, private and public structures, he has carried out and participated in the implementation of many projects in his field. Since 2016 he has been a trainer for several training modules in universities, always driven by a sense of sharing and learning. He is an entrepreneur and shareholder in various companies. 

Mohamed Daoud

Mohamed Daoud Joined JCI in 2012, and quickly rose the ranks to become JCI Sfax Local President in 2014. He then continued on to become a JCI Trainer and National Vice President in 2015, Executive Vice President in 2019 and Tunisia National President in 2022. At the International Level, Mohamed attended the JCI World Congress in Tallinn as a trainer and was part of the Conference Organizing Committee for the 2022 Africa and the Middle East Conference as National President of the host organization, Tunisia. 

Born July 3, 1991 in Sfax, Tunisia, Mohamed holds a geological engineering diploma and works as deputy manager in the Oil and Gas Training Center approved by OPITO in Tunisia. He resides in Sfax with his wife Amina. 

Ibraheem Tiamiyu

Ibraheem Tiamiyu joined JCI Eko in 2014. He became Local President in 2020, National Vice President in 2021 and Executive Vice President in 2022. At the international level, Ibraheem has served as trainer at two JCI Area Conferences. He has attended five Area Conferences and one JCI World Congress. 

Born May 25, 1983, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, Ibraheem holds a master’s in business administration and works as the Managing Director/CEO of a business and management consultancy company. He resides in Lagos, Nigeria with his wife Dr. Kafayat, their daughter Labeebah and their sons, Uthman and Labeeb. He is a registered consultant to the Lagos State Government on Capacity Development and also a Fellow of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  He speaks English.

Sarah Kamal

Sarah Kamal joined JCI Dhaka Cosmopolitan in 2012 and quickly became Local President the following year. Between 2014 to 2019, she served in various positions as a National Officer, and in 2020 she became the third female National President of JCI Bangladesh. At the international level, Sarah served as 2012-2013 APDC Development Officer, 2014 JCI UN Affairs Committee Member and 2021 JCI Foundation Committee Member. She has attended seven JCI Area Conferences and nine JCI World Congress. She is a highly acclaimed international trainer with experience in training and facilitation for many JCI Conferences and Congresses. She graduated from the 32nd JCI Academy in Karuizawa, Japan. Sarah has been honored as JCI Senator No. 72788, and is a JCI Foundation Phil Pugsley Patron.  

Born January 28, 1986, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is a trustee board member of School of Hope, a school for underprivileged children. She is also a director of a software development company, Valiant Tech Limited, and owns a restaurant named Asian Spices. She resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her husband Amzad and their daughters Nisa and Alzeena. She speaks English and Bengali.

Marii Kitamura

Marii Kitamura joined JCI Tokyo in 2016. She served as JCI APDC Development Officer in 2018 and 2019 and served as Executive Vice Director of the 2020 JCI World Congress in Yokohama. She also served as Chairperson of the Global Innovation Development Committee of JCI Japan in 2021. In 2022, she became the Executive Vice President of JCI Tokyo as well as JCI Executive Assistant to the President for Asia and the Pacific. She has attended five JCI Area Conferences and six JCI World Congresses. She graduated from the 30th JCI Academy in Kumamoto, Japan. 

Born on October 22, 1983, in Tokyo, Japan, she is a representative of the Japan Branch of PLAYWORKGROUP and resides in Tokyo, Japan.  She has been honored as JCI Senator No. 78119, and speaks English and Japanese.

Barry Huang

Barry Huang joined JCI Gudu in 2011. He became Chapter President in 2015, was Vice President of JCI Taiwan in 2016 and the supervisor of JCI Taiwan in 2017. Barry has also served on the JCI Government Partnerships committee in 2019, was Executive Vice President of JCI Taiwan in 2020, the Secretary General of JCI Taiwan in 2021 and the National President of JCI Taiwan in 2022. 

Barry was born on August 29, 1983. He graduated from National University of Kaohsiung in 2005, majoring in financial and economic law and earned his lawyer’s license in 2009. 

Myung-Sick Shin

Myung-sick Shin joined JCI Taean in 2008. He became the Local President in 2017 and served as the regional president of the Chungnam-Sejong region in 2018 and 2019. He led JCI Korea as Executive Vice President of Special Business in 2020, SEVP in 2021 and National President of JCI Korea in 2022. At the international level, Myung-sick Shin has attended four JCI regional conferences and three JCI world conferences. 

Born on October 3, 1983 in Seoul, South Korea, Myung-sick Shin holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biotechnology and owns and manages a seafood farm in Taean, South Korea. He lives in Taean with his wife Si-eun, and his three sons and one daughter.

Deondra Wishart-Hope

Deondra Wishart-Hope joined JCI Guyana in 2011, and has served as Local President of JCI Guyana in 2012 and National President of JCI West Indies in 2021. At the international level, Deondra has served as a 2022 Human Duties Committee Member for the Americas. She has attended four JCI Area Conferences and two JCI World Congresses. Deondra is a global networker, having graduated from the 2020 JCI Academy held in Fukuoka, Japan, and she has been honored as a JCI Senator No. 78983. 

Deondra was born on April 6, 1991, in Georgetown, Guyana, South America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational psychology. Deondra currently works as a Socio-Economic Advisor with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited/ ExxonMobil Guyana in Guyana. She resides in Guyana with her husband, daughter and seven dogs. She speaks English fluently.

Nikki Schaul

Nikki Schaul joined the Cedar Rapids Jaycees in 2015, JCI Johnson County in 2016 and Jaycees of the Quad Cities in 2018. She was JCI Johnson County Local President in 2016 and 2017, JCI USA elections committee member in 2019, and Jaycees of the Quad Cities Local President in 2020 and State President in 2022. At the international level, Schaul graduated from the 2022 American Leadership Academy. She has attended one JCI Area Conference and four JCI World Congresses. 

Born January 28, 1986, in Manchester, Iowa, USA, Nikki Schaul holds an associate’s degree in paralegal and works as a consulting operations manager and executive assistant to a managing partner of an international tax, audit and consulting firm. She resides in Davenport, Iowa, USA, with her dog, Bella. She speaks English and loves the great outdoors, traveling and meeting new people.

Sue Solymosi

Sue Solymosi joined JCI Vernon in 2012. She became Local President in 2015, Regional President in 2017, and National President in 2022. At the international level, Sue attended Leadership Training University in Pasadena, California in 2016 and 2017. She is also a graduate of the first inaugural North American Academy, and the 2021 JCI Japan Academy hosted by Sendai, Japan. She has attended two JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. Sue has been honored as JCI Senator No. 77603. 

Born December 21, 1983 in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, Sue Solymosi holds a bachelor’s degree in arts, with a concentration in French studies and currently works as a Mortgage Broker. She resides in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband Peter, and their two sons Peyton and Avery. She speaks English and French.

Ana Karina Carrillo Ortiz

Ana Karina Carrillo has been a member of JCI Cúcuta since 2007 and has occupied several local positions, including Local President in 2011. In JCI Colombia she held all the board of directors positions and was elected as the 2017 National President leading under the slogan “Es momento de inspirar” (it’s time to inspire). Carrillo graduated from the 2013 American Leadership Academy, the 2016 JCI Academy in Mito, Japan and is a JCI Foundation donor. She is the national champion of the 2009 JCI Colombia public speaking competition, and was JCI Colombia’s representative in the 2010 continental public speaking competition in Rosario, Argentina, and in the 2015 world debate competition in Kanazawa, Japan. She was also a delegate of JCl Colombia in the 2012 JCl Summit in New York. She has attended seven America’s Conferences and four JCI World Congresses. 

Ana Karina was born on November 4, 1986 in Cúcuta, Colombia. She is a lawyer, social security specialist and candidate for a master’s degree in labor rights and social security. She is also founder and manager of the law firm Colabogados since 2013, which focuses on creating a positive impact on the lives of elderly people and people with disabilities. 

Alexandra Botos

Alexandra Botos joined JCI in 2015 and is now a local member both in JCI Targu Mures and JCI Luxembourg. After her first year in JCI, she received the Most Outstanding new member of 2017 award at the European level in Basel. In 2019, the year of her Local Presidency, JCI Targu Mures was recognized as the Most Outstanding Local Organization in Europe at the European Conference in Lyon. That same year, she was given the JCI Senator title and became JCI Romania’s youngest senator. By the time she become National President in 2022, Alexandra had held over three years of experience as a National Board member of JCI Romania, served as a European Development Councilor for Intensive Support and lead the foundation for the #ReStart program, in 2021. Alexandra is also a member of the Group of European Youth for Change and part of the elected board of the syndicate of Public Function – Europa, as Political Security Deputy. 

Everything that Alexandra does serves her purpose of challenging and motivating people to break boundaries, so that they can reach their full potential. Alexandra is a certified Chartered Accountant in Romania with over 14 years of experience in finance and accounting. She co-founded Business Sustainable Solutions, a business consultancy company after receiving her official Trainer and Coach certifications, in 2020. After leaving her accounting family business in 2021, Alexandra started working for one of the European Public Institutions. She speaks English, German, French and Italian, but is a language enthusiast and knows how to say “thank you” in over 10 languages. Together with her husband, she is now a resident of the Duchy of Luxembourg. 

Marlen Wehner

Marlen Wehner joined JCI in 2013 in JCI Jena, and then moved to Bavaria – always staying actively involved in many projects. She continued to serve in 2019 as a State President of JCI Bavaria, 2020 as Executive Vice President of Training in the National Board and has served as 2022 JCI Germany National President. She’s a highly esteemed trainer who has developed hundreds of members at all levels of the organization and is a passionate and successful debater. She attended nine JCI Area Conferences and five JCI World Congresses. For her engagement, she has been honored Senator No. 79599 and the German Golden Pin No. 1293. 

Born February 12, 1988, in Ilmenau, Germany, Marlen holds a master’s degree in communication sciences, psychology and sociology, and turned her passion into her profession as she started her own training and coaching company for leaders and teams. She lives in Volkach, Bavaria, Germany. She speaks German and English.

Annalisa Schembri

Annalisa Schembri became Local President of Malta in 2011, and was appointed as events director on the Conference Organizing Committee for the 2014 JCI European Conference in Malta. She was then elected as National President in 2015. At the international level, in 2017 Annalisa was elected chairperson of the European Development Council, and between 2018 and 2019 she held the position of Partnerships Appointee on the JCI Europe Board. In 2019, Annalisa was appointed as a hands on advisor on the Irish Conference Organizing Committee and helped deliver the first online JCI Area Conference during the 2020 JCI European Conference in Dublin. She has attended 10 Area Conferences and nine World Congresses. Annalisa has been honored as a JCI Senator No. 73571. 

Born January 19, 1984, in Malta, Annalisa Schembri holds a master’s degree in Italian and works as a freelance Artistic Director and live events producer and manager across Europe. She Speaks English, Maltese and Italian.

Ari Saavalainen

Ari Saavalainen joined JCI Warkaus in 2012. He became Local President in 2016, Vice President in 2019 and National President in 2021. At the international level, Saavalainen served as Foundation Committee member in 2022. He has attended six JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 78765. 

Born February 25, 1986, in Varkaus, Finland, Ari Saavalainen holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and works as senior manager, strategy of forest company. He resides in Varkaus, Finland. He speaks Finnish, English, German and Swedish.

Rianne Kamphuisen

Rianne Kamphuisen joined the local chapter in Gouda in 2014 and served as Treasurer and Secretary. She was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the World Congress in Amsterdam in 2017. In 2021, she served as the National President of JCI the Netherlands and became a member of the Skills Development Committee in 2022. Since 2017 she has developed herself as a trainer within JCI and was rewarded with the Best National Trainer Award in 2020. Through JCI she received her accreditation as an Insights Practitioner. 

Born April 28, 1983, Rianne Kamphuisen still lives in Gouda.