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New CPA Secretary-General Appointed

The 61st General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has appointed a new Secretary-General for the Association.

Mr Karimulla Akbar Khan was recommended to the 61st General Assembly by the Association’s International Executive Committee, which is made up of representatives of the nine regions of the CPA – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; South-East Asia.

The Secretary-General, Mr Karimulla Akbar Khan, is originally from Guyana before moving to the United Kingdom. Mr Khan is an honours graduate in English Law (Bachelor of Law LL.B (Hons)) of the University of Reading. He also holds a Master’s in Public International Law (LLM) from Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Mr Khan is a qualified Barrister-at-Law and an Attorney-at-Law. He was admitted to the English Bar in 1990 and the New York Bar (USA) in 2000. Mr Khan has held senior positions with, amongst others, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and at the Commonwealth Secretariat, specialising in International Law.


CPA Regional Representatives

Hon Russell Wortley, MLCMember of the Legislative Council, South Australia
Hon John Ajaka, MLCPresident of the Legislative Council, New South Wales
Hon Bruce Atkinson, MLCPresident of the Legislative Council, Victoria

The standby branch is Tasmania.