The Board of PEN International is elected by PEN Centres. It consists of a group of individuals from across the globe committed to representing and championing the views of PEN International, who believe that our organisation can make a vital contribution to literature and freedom of expression.
Meet our Executive Board
John Ralston Saul – International President
John Ralston Saul, a long-time champion of freedom of expression, has been intimately involved with International PEN since the 1980s. Read more…
Read John Ralston Saul’s Monthly Letters to the PEN membership
Hori Takeaki – International Secretary
Hori Takeaki is a writer and anthropologist. He has published numerous works of non-fiction that focus on environmental, cultural and sociological issues. Read more…
Jarkko Tontti – Treasurer
Jarkko Tontti is a poet, writer, lawyer and President of Finnish PEN. He has published numerous works of fiction and collections of poetry.
Meet our Board Members
Sylvestre Clancier – Board member
Syvestre Clancier is a poet and essayist. He is the president of the French PEN Centre and was elected to the Board at the 77th PEN International Congress in Belgrade in 2011.
Markéta Hejkalová – Board member
Markéta Hejkalová was born in Prague in 1960, where she studied Finnish and Russian language and literature at the Charles University. She has been an important part of the Czech literary scene ever since. Read more…
Lee Gil-Won – Board member
Mr. Lee Gil-Won is a poet. He graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and worked for the monthly Women’s Life as the editor. Read more…
Anders Heger – Board member
Anders Heger is a writer, the director of the Norwegian publishing company Cappelen Damm and President of Norwegian PEN.
Yang Lian – Board member
Yang Lian is a poet and an outspoken voice in world literature, culture and politics. Read more…
Mohammed Sheriff – Board member
Mohammed Sheriff is President of Sierra Leone PEN. He writes short stories, novellas and drama for radio, TV and the stage. He produces and directs documentary videos, short films, radio, TV and stage plays for both entertainment and development projects. Read more…
Antonio Della Rocca – Board Member
Antonio Della Rocca is a novelist, poet and one of the founder and current President of Trieste PEN Centre. Read more…