Germàn Monlina Valdivieso was executive secretary of WUS Chile. He was president of the Chilean WUS Centre, director of the International Organization for Adult Education and founder and vice president of the Chilean Human Rights Commission during the Pinochet military dictatorship. One of the founders of the Party for Democracy and holder of various party positions, he was Minister of Transport and Telecommunications during 1992-4, Chilean ambassador to the Netherlands (1994-7) and Minister of Labor and Social Welfare from 1998-2000. He has held several other senior government posts. He is a professional lawyer.