The Boards of CICOPA, the sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance for industry and services, and CECOP – CICOPA Europe, the regional organisation of CICOPA for Europe, have appointed Diana Dovgan, Senior Policy Officer, as Secretary General as of 1 March, following the departure of the previous Secretary General, Bruno Roelants, who will become the new Director General of the Alliance.
Diana Dovgan joined CECOP – CICOPA Europe and CICOPA as Policy Officer in 2008. Prior to that, she worked as advisor for the Belgian Minister of Social integration, Equal opportunities and Public service.
She said: "After ten years as policy officer in both organisations, I have developed a sound and sincere belief in the co-operative model. I am happy and honoured to pursue my career in advocating the causes CECOP – CICOPA Europe and CICOPA are standing by such as worker-ownership and social justice."
Bruno Roelants, who has been appointed in January as Director General of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), said: "I am really happy of what we have managed to achieve in both CECOP and CICOPA over the last few years, and I am confident that Diana Dovgan will pursue and improve this ongoing work, where a lot still has to be done. I also think that, after managing CECOP for 12 years and CICOPA for 16 years, it is a very good thing that another person can now take up the torch. I wish all the best to CECOP and CICOPA, and I will continue to co-operate with them from my new role at the ICA."
CECOP – CICOPA Europe’s President, Giuseppe Guerini, and CICOPA’s President, Manuel Mariscal, said in a joint statement: "Our organisations are grateful to Bruno Roelants for his excellent work and absolute dedication during the last 15 years, and we wish him the best with his future engagement. Regarding the future, we believe Diana Dovgan is the right person to build upon Bruno’s achievements and at the same time bring new ideas and vision to our co-operative movement."