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  Acting Chairman

Ralph Ebner
Gasstrasse 9,
D-42657 Solingen
GERMANY

Email: ralph-ebner@t-online.de
  Secretary

Jukka Mäkinen
Ulvilantie 23 C 34
FI-00350 Helsinki
FINLAND

Email: jukka.matias.makinen@gmail.com
 
             
  Bureau member

Ronald E. Lesher
POBox 1663
Easton MD 21601-1663
USA

Email: revenuer@atlanticbb.net
  Bureau member

Cedric Roche
POBox 11058
Hatfield 0028
SOUTH AFRICA

Email: croche@mweb.co.za
 
             
  Bureau member

Francisc Ambrus
PO box 17 - 028
Bucuresti, RO 062520
ROMANIA

Email: fery@ess.ro
  Bureau member

Vincent Ong
18, Dunbar Walk
SG-459299 Singapore
REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

Email: vincent@ong.sg
 
             

THE BUREAU AND ITS MEMBERS

Jukka Mäkinen

Born 1970: Architect M.Sc. specialising in public buildings.
Collecting Interests
Range of interests (too many!): All aspects of the revenues and stamped paper of Finland up to 1920; classic revenues of Sweden 1811-1880, Denmark 1862-1875 and Hungary 1868-1900; revenue essays & proofs of some Latin American countries; the first revenue stamp issue of Orange Free State; postal history of the Greek Large Hermes issues 1861-1891.
Exhibiting
These include Finland: the Classic Revenues of 1865-1891 (FIP G Efiro 2008, Nordia G and Grand Prix National 2011); Sweden: The First Revenue Stamp Issue of 1811-1844 (three FIP LG+SP: London 2010, Portugal 2010 and Brasiliana 2013; National Grand Prix 2011); several one-frame exhibits with various awards. In Thematic Philately: Domus Dei A History of European Church Architecture, G awards including a Youth Class Grand Prix in 1993.
Judging
National judge since 2007, Nordic judge since 2010, FEPA and FIP judge since 2015 (Revenue Philately and Thematic Philately). Qualified Jury Chairman on National level.
Publications
Svenskabeläggningsstämplareller Charta Sigillata 1811-1880 (with Per Sundberg).First major handbook of the early Swedish revenue stamp issues. Several revenue articles in Finnish and Scandinavian philatelic journals and The American Revenuer.
Philatelic Organisations
FIP Revenue Commission: Bureau Member 2008-2012, Secretary 2012-2015, Acting Chairman 2015-2016 and Secretary again since 2016. Vice Chairman of the Philatelic Federation of Finland 2007-2013. The Finnish Committee for Philatelic Matters: Chairman 2010-2015 and Board Member since 2015. Board Member of the Finnish Society for Thematic Philately since 2007. Chairman of FINLANDIA 2017 Organizing Committee 2014-2017.
Awards
Thematic Collector of the Year (2006), Oulu Stamp Club's medal of merit in Gold (2010), Leo Linder Trophy (2011), Pro Motiva medal (2014), Pro Philatelia medal of The Philatelic Federation of Finland in Gold (2017).

Ronald E. Lesher

Born: 1942
Collecting Interests
U.S. Federal and State Revenues with special interest in alcohol-related, narcotic, and food-related revenues.
Exhibiting
Many revenue exhibits commencing in the 1970s nationally.
Internationally: Wine: U. S. Customs Duties and Internal Revenue Taxes (Bangkok '93 experimental class 85 LV; Singapore 1995, 91 G; Pacific '97, 91 G; Taxation of Domestic Distilled Spirits in the United States, 1868-1896 Stamp Show 2000 85 LV; Two Cent Revenue Stamped Paper of the USA 1865-1883 (Istanbul '96, 85 LV; Capex '96, 88 LV; Bangkok 2003 90 G).
Judging
FIP apprenticeship Espana 2004, qualified in Revenues and as Team Leader.
Philatelic Organisations
President, American Revenue Association, 1993-2000; Board Member, American Philatelic Society, 2001-2005; Chairman FIP Revenue Commission 2004-2008.
Publications
Over 500 articles published in The American Revenuer, American Stamp Dealer & Collector, The Philatelic Exhibitor, The American Philatelist, and The State Revenue News.
In the American Philatelic Congress:
The “Tapeworm” Revenues – The Specie Clerk Statements of the Mechanics' National Bank of New York City (1990) winner of the Jere. Hess Barr Award for best presentation at the Writer's Forum.
Slaight Lock Seals (2006)

Francisc (`Fery') Ambrus

Born 1956, designer of departments and metallurgical factory
Collecting Interests
Collector since 1968, specialises in all aspects of Romanian revenues including an extensive collection of approximately 2000 Romanian bonds and share certificates. Specialised Romanian collections of earliest stamped paper, consular stamps, stock exchange and chamber of commerce stamps, air fund and earliest national revenues. For six years I collect and Bulgarian revenues (EVORA 2013, Bilateral Portugal / Bulgaria, G medal awarded)
Exhibiting
Twenty-seventh different exhibits of Romanian revenues has exhibited in nine years: twelve at national exhibitions and twelve at FEPA/FIP exhibitions, the latter have attained V (Malaga 2006), LV (EFIRO 2008), G (Israel 2008), V (China 2009), G (Bulgaria 2009), LV (London 2010), LV (Indipex 2011). Revenue stamps introduces in the OPEN class: S (Belgica 2006), V (Antwerpia 2010) and G (Balkanfila 2012).
Judging
National judge since 2011: Revenues.
Philatelic Organisations
Member of the Romanian Philatelic Federation since 1968. Member of the Philatelic Webmasters Organisation. Founding member of the World Philatelic Academy, Bureau member of FIP Revenue Commission from 2008-2012 and 2012-2016, Member of The American Revenue Association since 2008 and to The Revenue Society since 2008. In Romanian Philatelic Federation Board member 2009-2012 and Chairman of Revenue commission since 2008.
Publications
Range of articles, listings and catalogues concerning Romanian revenues, some shown on the web site. These include The First Revenue Issue in Romania, June 2008 and presented at the Revenue Commission meeting at EFIRO 2008 and publish Romania, Specialised Catalogue of Revenue Stamps, 1872 - 1919 London 2010 Vermeil.
The web site http://www.revenues.ro contains much additional information including FIP Revenue Commission activities, exhibitions timetable and results etc.
Awards
Since 1994, received numerous honorary degrees for the organization of national exhibitions.


 
Ralph Ebner

Born: 1964, CEO of traditional scissors manufacturer in Solingen, Germany
Collecting Interests
Worldwide revenues of all kind, stamps and stamped papers, insurance and membership fee stamps.
Deep comprehensive collections from Austria/Hungary, German states, Ottoman Empire, Peru, Colombia and others.
Special studies on printing technologies such as Congreve and electroplating copying of printing plates.
US Officials: Departmental 1873 to 1884, East German official mail.
Exhibiting
The leave under prints from Austria 1854 to 1870 – LG, FIP.
One frame exhibits:
Austria „bills of exchange“; German security stamps on postal money orders; „Executive“ US official stamps.
Judging
National judge for revenues and traditional philately since 2009.
Philatelic Organisations
FRPSL, Chairman of the revenue society of Germany (Rage Fiskalphilatelie im BDPh). Member in various study circles.
Publications
Various articles in club magazine of Arge Fiskalphilatelist, Philatelie and Chronicle. Supporting by material and reviewing articles and books of Society members.
Awards
Silver Medal from BDPh in 2004.

Cedric Roché

Born 1941. Retired scientific researcher specialising in chemistry (organic & bio-) and informatics
Collecting Interests
Wide interests – worldwide revenues, locals & other 'back of the book' material. Specialising in South & South West African revenues and their antecedents. Postal stationery of British Africa. General collections of India & States, also Asian countries upto 1950. Literature.
Exhibiting
At National level, British Africa with emphasis on Stellaland & the Bechuanalands (LV 1988), South West Africa revenues attaining G & LG(2003). Internationally SWA revenues LV
Judging
National Judge since 1977(Revenues, Traditional, Postal History, Literature), Jury chairman 1992, 2000. FIP Apprenticeship Pacific 97 (Revenues). FIP Judge Australia 99 (Revenues). FIAP Judge Bangkok 2007 (Revenues, Traditional, One Frame), Taipei 2008.
Philatelic Organisations
Chairman SAPHIL 1974 – largest National exhibition held in South Africa.
President Pretoria PS 1981-1982, 1986, 1991
President SA Postmark & PH Society 1973-1982
President Philatelic Federation of South Africa 1992
President Philatelic Foundation of South Africa 2006-present.
FIP Revenue & Literature Commissions National delegate since 1993.
Publications
Annual Indexes for 'The South African Philatelist' journal 1970-1978
Articles in SA philatelic journals.
Currently working on an integrated catalogue of Southern African revenue stamps with G Kamffer & R Rong
Awards
Skinner Cup (1982) awarded only once for outstanding work for philately in South Africa.
Manfred Weinstein Memorial Medallion (2007) awarded once only for philatelic achievement involving study, research and dissemination of knowledge.
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists of South Africa (1992)

Vincent Ong

Born: 1961. Ex-President Mars Food Asia, Vice President Pepsi Cola International South East Asia & partner of Private equity fund.
Collecting Interests
Started collecting Revenues of China & Straits Settlements. Has also built a collection of Uruguayan Classics & Belgium pre-philatelics.
Exhibiting
Awards for exhibit " The Evolution of the Chinese Tax System" - (Gold) Bangkok 2007, St Petersburg 2007 , Israel 2008. as well as "The Escuditos of Uruguay 1864-1866"-China 2009 (Gold). Current preparing up a specialized exhibit on Straits Settlements entitled "The Duty of Justice: An anthology of the Straits Settlements Judicial Stamps".
Philatelic Organizations
President (current), Association of Singapore Philatelists. Member : China Stamp Society, Revenue Society, APS.


Bureau 2008-2012