ENNHRI’s governance reflects the importance of accountability and proper representation of its members’ interests. The main components of ENNHRI’s governance structure are detailed below.

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision making body, in which all ENNHRI members participate. It shapes the guiding principles of the policies and activities of ENNHRI, and adopts the strategic plan, the annual budget and operational plan.

The GA usually meets bi-annually: in March, on the occasion of the Global Alliance of NHRIs’ Annual Meeting in Geneva, and during autumn, for members to decide upon ENNHRI’s strategic direction and activities. Decisions are taken by consensus where possible and, only when required, by vote of ‘A’ status NHRI members.

24 October 2018 - General Assembly


ENNHRI’s Board made up of six elected ‘A’ status NHRIs. It drives ENNHRI’s strategic priorities, led by its Chair, and is responsible for the management and administration of ENNHRI.

Board Chair

The Chair is elected by the General Assembly for a three year term. He/she oversees the direction and management of ENNHRI and is its primary representative. Each Board member has a three-year mandate.

  • ENNHRI’s Chair (2019-2021), elected at the General Assembly meeting in Athens in October 2018, is the Irish Equality and Human Rights Commission, represented by the Chief Commissioner, Emily Logan. She took over from the Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia, represented by Lora Vidović (2016-2018), and the Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission, represented by Alan Miller (2014-2016).
Emily Logan (Chief Commissioner of Irish Equality and Human Rights Commission, ENNHRI Chair)

Board Members 2019-2021

  • Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Emily Logan) – Chair
  • People’s Advocate of Albania (Erinda Ballanca)
  • Office of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia (Lora Vidović)
  • Greek National Commission for Human Rights (Maria Gavouneli)
  • Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (Petter Wille)
  • Polish Commissioner for Human Rights (Miroslaw Wroblewski)
Members of the board (from left): Maria Gavouneli, Petter Wille, Emily Logan, Lora Vidović, Miroslaw Wroblewski, Jorida Justemi on behalf of Erinda Ballanca

Finance Committee

ENNHRI’s Finance Committee, led by its Chair, oversees ENNHRI’s financial situation and fundraising and makes proposals to the Board and General Assembly to strengthen ENNHRI’s financial outlook. The FC also advises the Secretariat on financial administration and makes recommendations on membership fee waiver applications.



  • Belgium - Unia – Chair (Emmanuel Schelfthout)
  • Great Britain - Equality and Human Rights Commission (Olufemi Oguntunde)

Permanent Secretariat

ENNHRI’s Secretariat was established in 2013 in Brussels. It supports and facilitates ENNHRI’s work and provides a central contact point for stakeholders. The secretariat undertakes the day-to-day management of the network, by implementing the Strategic Plan and annual operational plans and the decisions of the Chair, ECC and General Assembly.
Ms. Debbie Kohner is ENNHRI’s Secretary General.

Debbie Kohner, ENNHRI Secretary General

Working Groups

14 May 2019 - CRPD Working Group meeting

ENNHRI has several Working Groups with expertise in different thematic areas of relevance for the European region, such as: European legal structures, rights of persons with disabilities, and asylum and migration. The Working Groups take a lead in ENNHRI’s substantive engagement on these topics. They also provide a platform for mutual learning and solidarity among members, and facilitate regional responses from NHRIs in specific thematic areas.