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The International Secretariat is responsible for assisting ParlAmericas, its Board of Directors, and its Executive Committee in the performance of their functions, as well as in the implementation of different projects.
The responsibilities of the International Secretariat include ensuring the efficient operations of the organization, liaising with supporters and partners, coordinating the implementation of programs and projects, preparing budgets and reports for the Board of Directors and supporters, serving as a channel of communication within the hemisphere, and acting as the institutional memory.
The International Secretariat team is composed of the Director General, a Program Manager, a Project and Communications Officer, and a Project Coordinator. The Secretariat also benefits from consultants with expertise in different areas that may be required to fulfill the objectives of ParlAmericas.
The team represents diverse cultural backgrounds ranging from Spanish and German, to Brazilian, Argentinean and Canadian, each with ties to and experience in the Americas. Professionally, the team is made up of a lawyer, a business administration professional, a journalist, and a social scientist and between the members, all four core languages of ParlAmericas are covered.
The International Secretariat is located in Ottawa, Canada.
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Our Director General
Gina Hill has served as the Director General of ParlAmericas since 2010. In this capacity she is responsible for core functions of the organization including development and implementation of program strategy, financial management and fundraising, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, managing the team at the ParlAmericas International Secretariat, and supporting the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Prior to joining ParlAmericas, Gina worked with a number of non-governmental organizations, most significantly with Amnesty International where she has over ten years of experience in organizational governance on the national and international level.
Legally trained, Gina was called to the Bar of Upper Canada (Ontario, Canada) in 2000, and holds a doctoral degree in Law. Her areas of specialization are international human rights, and the role played by international non-governmental organizations in the development of international law.
Gina has deep ties in the Americas, having lived in Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.