Mehmet Balci, Head of Near and Middle East region, is a journalist and a human rights activist and has worked for Geneva Call since 2000. After studying a number of foreign languages, he collaborated with various Kurdish political and non-governmental organizations as representative to the EU, UN, Council of Europe and OSCE. He is founder of the Turkish Campaign to Ban Landmines. He has authored articles in the Kurdish and Turkish press and wrote the Landmine Monitor reports on Turkey from 2001 to 2004 and the booklet Turkey Without Mines.
Pascal Bongard has been working with Geneva Call since 2000 and is currently Head of the Policy and Legal Unit. He has published widely on issues related to humanitarian engagement with armed non-State actors and Geneva Call’s experience in particular. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ethiopia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism from the University of Fribourg and Master of Arts degrees in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Maud Bonnet, Director of Communications and External Relations, holds a Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Graduate Certificate in Management of non-profit Organisations from the University of Geneva. Before joining Geneva Call in September 2011 as Development Officer, she worked with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
Yannick R. Brodard joined Geneva Call in 2016. He studied computer science for 6 years and holds a certificate of capacity as well as a federal diploma. He has occupied roles such as Software Developer for a real-estate software company and Intranet Tester for the state of Geneva.
Augustin Chiruza Matabaro joined Geneva Call in 2016. He is a chauffeur- engineer at Geneva Call’s DRC office. He obtained his certificate of general automotive mechanics at the Kawa center, Bukavu Road Office. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked 8 years as a chauffeur-engineer for different international NGOs such as IRC, Mercy corps, AVSI and Oxfam.
Marie Coutin, Head of Asia Region, has 14 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing media programs for the prevention of violence and promotion of human rights in developing and transitioning countries. Her background covers both non-governmental and international organizations in Central and West Africa and the Middle East. She has been trained as a radio journalist in the UK and in France where she is from.
Alain Délétroz is the Director General of Geneva Call. He has more than 20 years of experience in conflict-affected areas and has served in several organizations: Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Vice-President of the International Crisis Group in Brussels, Director of the Open Society Institute in Tashkent, Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Moscow, and Adult Literacy and Capacity Building Project Manager at Interteam in Peru.
Alex Gillen joined Geneva Call in 2016. He holds a Master degree in Management from Reims Management School and a Bachelor degree in Business law from Pantheon-Assas University. He also completed a MBA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked in auditing firms and financial organizations, and then held management positions in different NGOs and NPOs.
Ezequiel Heffes joined Geneva Call in 2017. He holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of IHL and HR, and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. Prior to joining Geneva Call, Ezequiel worked as a field and protection delegate and as head of office for the ICRC in Colombia, Afghanistan and the DRC. He participated in different research projects and has published various articles and book chapters on armed non-state actors, including in the International Review of the Red Cross and the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.
Catherine Hiltzer joined Geneva Call in 2017, as Head of Africa Region. After studying political science with a focus on African and development studies at the Sorbonne, Catherine worked in ICRC as a protection delegate in Darfur, DRC, and later as Head of Offices and Sub-Delegations in South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Kenya. She later joined Enfants du monde – Droits de l’Homme as Desk Manager for Sudan, South of Sudan, Madagascar. She became Programs Manager within Action Contre la Faim, at Headquarters level, supervising programs in Afghanistan, Haiti, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. She finally joined Solidarités International as Desk Manager, supervising operations in DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia.
Hichem Khadhraoui joined Geneva Call in 2016. He holds a Master degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from Western Cape University, South Africa and a Master degree in International Public and European Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III, France. He completed certificates in Leadership and Management from IMD Business School Lausanne and Columbia Business School, New York and is completing a certificate on security of international organizations with the Evosec institute. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked for over 10 years at the International Committee of the Red Cross both at field and headquarter level in positions of Manager and Program coordinator.
Tony Kiumbe Munse joined Geneva Call in 2014. He holds a Master in Internal and International Public Law with a specialization in Humanitarian Law from the Congolese Universities, and holds Certificates in Refugee Law and Human Rights Law from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasburg and the University of Strasburg. He has 10 years of experience in the humanitarian activities as a Province Coordinator, Protection Officer and Senior Communication Field Officer for humanitarian Congolese and international organizations such as World Vision International and ICRC.
Armin Köhli, Programme Officer for the Middle East, has been working with Geneva Call since May 2007. In his former profession as a journalist, he worked as the foreign editor at the Swiss weekly “Die Wochenzeitung” from 2000 to 2007. He chaired the Board of the Swiss edition of “Le Monde Diplomatique” until 2008. Prior to that, he studied foreign languages and worked as a freelance journalist and tour guide, mainly in the Middle East. He has volunteered in various humanitarian, political and cultural NGOs and contributed significantly to the landmine ban movement and mine action NGOs through his numerous and impressive achievements in endurance cycling.
Katherine Kramer, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor, received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington and her Master's degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She worked for two years as a researcher in Thailand with Non-Violence International Southeast Asia where she co-authored the Landmine Monitor reports on Burma (1999 and 2000), Bangladesh (2000) and Singapore (2001). Before joining Geneva Call in January 2002, she worked for the Small Arms Survey as the researcher for Southeast Asia and illicit trafficking. From 2002 - 2016, Ms Kramer was responsible for Geneva Call's Asia programmes.
Taylor Landis joined Geneva Call as a Programme Officer for Asia in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian from Princeton University, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2012. Taylor formerly worked in Southeast Asia with the NGO Fortify Rights, and in Europe with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Hiba Mikhail joined Geneva Call in October 2014. Holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the Lebanese University - Filière Francophone de Droit, she graduated in 2014 upon completion of her first year of Master (M1). Since May 2015, she has been in charge of coordinating Geneva Call's activities in Lebanon and within the Palestinian refugee camps.
Céline Morgan, Programme Manager for the Great Lakes Region, joined Geneva Call in early 2016. Prior to that, she worked with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on Peace Policy in the Middle East and spent two years working in Lebanon and Yemen on peacebuilding and civil society with a European consulting company. She also worked with swisspeace on conflict sensitivity, gender and peacebuilding analysis and impact and with a Swiss trade union on gender equity at the workplace. She holds a master in Middle East Studies, Modern History and French Literature from the University of Bern.
Carolin Nehmé joined Geneva Call as a thematic legal adviser in January 2015. She holds an LL.M. in international humanitarian law and human rights from the Geneva Academy of IHL and HR. Prior to joining Geneva Call she worked as field and protection delegate for the ICRC in Colombia, DRC and Burma/Myanmar and was protection officer at UNHCR Regional Office in Buenos Aires. She was also editorial assistant of the International Review of the Red Cross at ICRC Headquarters and has published various articles.
Yazid Ounnough holds a post graduate diploma in Economics from Paris XIII University and Manchester University. Over the past 12 years he has worked in the field of Finance for a number of consultancies and for the NGO Action Contre la Faim, spending a year in Somalia and a year in Ethiopia as Financial Administrator. He joined Geneva Call in 2013 as Financial Controller.
Yolvi Lena Padilla Sepúlveda joined Geneva Call in 2008. She has a background in community development, human rights, international humanitarian law and support to people affected by armed conflict in different regions of Colombia. She has studied Psychology at the National University of Colombia, and Childhood, Culture and Development at the District University. She has also studied Action without Harm and Protection of Civilian Population. In May 2015 she received the Henry Dunant ground award.
Hauraz Raoof joined Geneva Call in 2016. He holds an MSc in Demography from the faculty of Social Sciences and Mathematics at Southampton University in England and holds a BSc in Statistics from the Faculty of Administration and Economics at Salahaddin University in Erbil. Before joining Geneva Call he worked as Statistician in the Ministry of Planning within the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Chris Rush, Senior Programme Officer for Asia, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with African and Asian Studies from the University of Sussex and a Master's degree in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. He worked for 10 years at the Refugee Legal Centre in the UK and then for the International Rescue Committee in Thailand. More recently, he spent 3 years as the Protection Adviser for the Danish Refugee Council in northern Sri Lanka. He joined Geneva Call in January 2007.
Carla Ruta, Thematic Legal Advisor, has been working with Geneva Call since July 2014. She holds a Master in law in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Master Degree in International Relations from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. For more than 7 years she worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia, the Gaza Strip, Sudan and South Sudan, Central African Republic and Kyrgyzstan. She held various positions, among others head of Sub-Delegation and Deputy Protection Coordinator. Before joining Geneva Call, she worked with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as a Desk Officer in the Human Security Division and later as a Legal Advisor in the Directorate of International Law.
Delphine Saddy joined Geneva Call in 2015 as an Accountant and HR Officer . She holds a Higher Technical Certificate in management assistance. She has been an accountant in small and medium-sized companies in France and Switzerland for 10 years. She was also regularly in charge of financial management and support to human resources.
Sardar Sidiq Abdulkarim joined Geneva Call in 2015. He obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and had been working with local and international NGOs and UN agencies for 17 years before joining Geneva Call. He has been included in the list of Geneva Call's friends around the world since 2007, when he was Executive Director of a nationalized program of Handicap International for physically and socially rehabilitating persons with disabilities, among which many victims of mines and explosive remnants of war. He has also been the focal point for Iraqi Kurdistan Region's campaign to ban landmines with ICBL for 3 years.
Nicolas Sion, Communications and External Relations Officer, holds a Master's degree in International Management from ESCP Europe and London City University. He has worked in the private and NGO sectors and spent several years in project management with an international consulting group working on organizational, marketing and communication projects for multinationals. He also worked for several years in communication and fundraising for NGOs, and spent a year in Ecuador with Heifer International working on rural development projects. He joined Geneva Call in 2013.
Ann-Kristin ‘Anki’ Sjöberg, Head of Americas and Europe region. She first joined Geneva Call in 2004 and occupied a variety of positions within the organization. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations with a specialization in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her work has focused on research and operational work with and on ANSAs. She has also worked on issues related to gender, armed conflict and security sector reform in Colombia, Nepal, South Sudan, and West Africa. In June 2011 she became Chair of the NGO Gender and Mine Action Programme.
Pishkafti Tariq Shokri joined Geneva Call in August 2016. He holds a Master degree in English Language and Linguistics, Majored in Translation. He taught translation at Dohuk and Zakho Universities for three years. After the fall of Mosul and Shingal Conquest in 2014, he started working in the humanitarian field early in 2015 and assumed the position of project manager in a local NGO. He has also worked as interpreter for many events held both in Dohuk and Erbil.
Annette Willi a rejoint l’Appel de Genève comme Chargée de Recherche de Fonds Institutionnels en mars 2014. Elle est titulaire d’un master ès lettres de l’université de Lausanne avec une spécialisation en sociologie des religions. Elle a travaillé plusieurs années sur des questions de désarmement, notamment sur les mines antipersonnel, les bombes à sous-munition, les armes nucléaires ainsi que les dépenses militaires. Ses responsabilités comprenaient la gestion des projets, la recherche de fonds, la communication, la formation, le plaidoyer et l’organisation d’événements.