Rachel Bayani joins Bahá’í International Community office in Brussels

BRUSSELS—The Bahá’í International Community has appointed a new representative to head its Brussels office.

Rachel Bayani, a lawyer who has worked for the United Nations and more recently for the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union, joined the Brussels office of the BIC in May 2013.

“We are delighted to have Rachel Bayani join the Bahá’í International Community as the representative to the European Union in our Brussels Office,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the BIC to the United Nations.

“Ms. Bayani has substantial experience in government and international relations, with the Luxembourg government in its work with the EU, and with the United Nations on various missions.

“As the BIC’s representative to the European Union, she will seek mainly to engage with institutions and agencies of the European Union, the Council of Europe, civil society and other relevant organizations, focusing broadly on issues such as gender equality, religious freedom, poverty eradication and human rights, among others,” said Ms. Dugal.

Before coming to the BIC, Ms. Bayani had served since 2004 as a justice and home affairs counselor to the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU, dealing mainly with asylum and migration issues.

Prior to that, she served with the United Nations in Bosnia-Herzegovina in several capacities, first working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and later for the peacekeeping mission there. She also served with the EU’s police mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Just prior to joining the BIC, she served briefly with the UN good offices mission in Cyprus as part of the peacekeeping effort, dealing with legal affairs.

A citizen of Luxembourg, Ms. Bayani has a law degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris and a master’s in international law from Cambridge University. She is married and has one child.

Ms. Bayani replaces Sarah Vader, who has moved to Haifa, Israel, where she now serves as Deputy Secretary General in the Bahá’í International Community Secretariat.