Date: 25 July 2018

Executive Committee 2018-2022

At the 19th World Council the World YMCA announced the new elected Officers and members of the Executive Committee for the four-year term 2018-2022.

Patricia Pelton   from Canada was elected as President, the first female in the YMCAs 174 year history.

“The women leaders in our movement, past and present, have worked so hard to pave the way and see this day. Inclusion in leadership benefits us all. This. Change. Is. Momentous, she said.”

Patricia Pelton ’s speech,  watch the video.

The President, Patricia Pelton from Canada  (centre )
The Deputy President is Agustin Garcia Bolanos Cacho (left)  from Mexico and the new Treasurer is Ronald Tak Fai Yam  (right) from Hong Kong.


The Executive Committee is as follows:

President, Ms. Patricia Pelton, Canada
Deputy President, Mr. Agustin Garcia Bolanos Cacho, Mexico
Treasurer, Mr.  Ronald Tak Fai Yam, Hong Kong

Secretary General (non-voting):
Rev. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Norway


Mr. Dodji Fiashinou , Togo
Ms. Irene Ayimba, Kenya
Ms. Nompumelelo Thabethe, South Africa
Mr. Ronald Senghore, Gambia
Mr. Yirga Gebre Gebregziabher Assefa, Ethiopia

Asia & Pacific
Mr. Alan Morton, Australia
Ms. Chanita Maneekarn, Thailand
Mr. Indong Song, Korea
Ms. Karren Joy Fetalvero, Philippines
Ms. Nagako Okado, Japan


Mr. Craig Rowe, Canada

Ms. Dorothee Pfrommer, Germany
Mr. Duncan Ingram, England
Ms. Malene Bentsen, Denmark
Ms. Mathilde Thue, Norway
Mr. Otto Vainio, Finland

Latin America & Caribbean
Ms. Anaclara Rodriguez Canzani,  Uruguay
Mr. Cristiano Ristov, Brazil
Ms. Silvia Carolina Lopez Diaz, Peru

Middle East
Mr. Peter Nasir, East Jerusalem
Ms. Sohelia Hayek, Lebanon

Ms. Cici Rojas, USA
Ms. Colleen Leung, USA

Past President:
Mr. Peter Posner, England

Area Presidents:
Mr. James Ekow Rhule, Ghana, Africa Alliance
Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, Bangladesh, Asia & Pacific Alliance
Mr. Michael Will, Scotland, YMCA Europe
Mr. Felipe Jurado, Chile, Latin American & Caribbean Alliance

Y’s Men Liaison
Mr. Kohei Yamada, Japan