CALD Executive Director Bids Farewell
After eight years at the helm
FNF Resident Representative Siegfried Herzog and FNF Senior
Administrative Officer Minnie Salao thank John Coronel.
of the Council
of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
, John Joseph Coronel
has decided to leave his position as executive director. The Friedrich
Naumann Foundation (FNF) bid him farewell at the opening of the
fifth CALD communications Workshop in Pasig City on 18 November
Coronel guided CALD through its early years. He was instrumental
in forming it into a networking organization
of Asian Liberal parties that is affiliated with the two most
important Liberal organizations in Europe: Liberal
International (LI) and Alliance
of Liberal Democrats of Europe (ALDE).
FNF will remember John Coronel for his effortless organization
of conferences and meetings. These not only furthered policy dialogue
but also served as a venue to strengthen cooperation
between liberal Asian political parties and their global counterparts.
“It will be hard to think of CALD without John. He has
been its backbone all these years,” said FNF Resident Representative
Siegfried Herzog. “However he has strengthened and equipped
CALD to carry on without him. We wish him all the best in his
CALD Secretary-General J.R. Nereus O. Acosta, Ph.D., has taken
over the leadership of the secretariat in the interim.