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Timothy Ryan Elected as the New Chairperson of Global March

After the unfortunate demise of the Chairperson, Mr. Elie Jouen, last year in late 2016, Global March held its Board Meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands on 30-31 March 2017, with Board Members attending from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America and elected, Mr. Timothy Ryan as the new Chairperson of Global March Against Child Labour.

Timothy (Tim) Ryan (b. United Kingdom, February 5, 1956) is the Asia Regional Program Director for Solidarity Center, based in Washington since 2001. In this position he is responsible for overseeing all Solidarity Center programmes for Asia, including offices in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and regional programmes in Burma, India, Nepal, and the Philippines.  

Timothy spent eight years in Asia as the Solidarity Center’s Country Program Director for Sri Lanka (1993-97) and Indonesia (1997-2001), working on organising export processing zones, migrant worker issues, and in India and Pakistan his work was focused on developing programmes to combat child labour. In Indonesia he focused on trade union organising, policy advocacy training for unions, labour law reform, legal aid for fired and imprisoned union activists, promoting policy and legal advocacy for migrant workers and child labourers, voter education, get-out-the-vote programmes, and long-term election monitoring. Holding a Masters Degree in South Asian Studies from the Henry Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, Timothy also has Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and English.

Stating his feelings on taking this new role, Mr. Timothy Ryan remarked: “This is a real honour that I feel humbled to accept and I'm looking forward to working with our brothers and sisters, comrades and friends around the world to ensure the core goal of the Global March -- the eradication of child labor -- can be accomplished in our lifetime.”

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Mr. Ryan in his new leadership role and  look forward to furthering the work in protection and promotion of children’s rights, under Mr. Ryan’s guidance and vision.