Protecting civilians in armed conflict


Staff members

Mansoor Ahmed Baloch

Head of Mission Yemen

Mansoor Ahmed Baloch joined Geneva Call in 2018. He has a Master degree in general history from University of Karachi and completed a management certification from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is completing a graduate certification on Humanitarian Leadership from Deakin University Australia. He worked with different organizations in development and humanitarian sectors in different complex conflict emergencies including South Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan. He has 17 years of experience in field working in Asia, Africa and Middle East on senior management position with development and humanitarian agencies.

Mehmet Balci

Head of Near and Middle East region and Colombia

Mehmet Balci joined Geneva Call in 2000. He is a journalist and a human rights activist. He has studyied a number of foreign languages and 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

Head of the Policy and Legal Unit

Pascal Bongard joined Geneva Call in 2000. 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

Maud Bonnet joined Geneva Call in 2011. She 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 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

IT Manager

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


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.

Alain Délétroz

Director General

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.  

Mona Driouich

HR Assistant

Mona Driouich joined Geneva Call in May 2017.

Christopher Fitzsimons

Institutional Communication Officer

Christopher Fitzsimons joined Geneva Call in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies with Portuguese from Queen Mary, the University of London, a Master of Arts in Film and Visual Studies from Queen's University, Belfast and a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Malta. Before joining Geneva Call he worked in a number of different communications roles for several international organisations including the United Nations, the International Organisation of Employers, the European Union institutions and the International Criminal Court.

Yan Grobel

HR Officer

Yan Grobel joined Geneva Call in 2018. He holds a Brevet Fédéral in Human Resources and another one in Team Management. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked with the Swiss unemployment insurance, Newell Rubbermaid Sàrl, Procter and Gamble international SA and UBS SA. He also taught by night course to future junior human resources specialist.

Ezequiel Heffes

Thematic Legal Advisor

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

Head of Africa region

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.

Elkane Kartumwa

Administrative and Finance Officer

Elkane Mumbere Kartumwa joined Geneva Call in 2016. He obtained a license in Economic Sciences with a major option in Financial Management at the Congolese Universities. Before joining Geneva Call  ihe briefly worked in the microfinance sector.

Hichem Khadhraoui

Director of Operations

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.

Katherine Kramer

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Advisor

Katherine Kramer joined Geneva Call in 2002. She 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, 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

Head of Mission Burma

Taylor Landis joined Geneva Call 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.

Marie Lequin

Head of Eurasia Region

Marie Lequin joined Geneva Call in 2014. She 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.

Hiba Mikhail-Rizk

Programme Coordinator Lebanon

Hiba Mikhail-Rizk  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

Operations Coordinator Africa

Céline Morgan joined Geneva Call in 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.

Sari Osseiran

Project Officer

Sari Osseiran joined Geneva Call in 2016. He holds a Master degree in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva and has studied several foreign languages. Before joining Geneva Call, he worked in event planning and administration.

Yazid Ounnough

Financial Controller

Yazid Ounnough joined Geneva Call in 2013. He 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.

Yolvi Lena Padilla Sepúlveda

National/Programme Coordinator

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

Finance Officer

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.

Delphine Saddy

Accounting Officer

Delphine Saddy joined Geneva Call in 2015. 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.    

Maria Sanchez

Executive Assistant

Maria Sanchez has worked as Administrative Assistant in various companies. She joined Geneva Call in July 2017 and holds the position of Executive Assistant.

Tamara Shehab

Project Officer

Tamara joined Geneva Call in 2018. She holds a Degree in business Administration and is certified TOT training. Tamara is bilingual both in Arabic and English. She gained extensive experience in the field of humanitarian emergency response, and has worked with a number of NGO's in Yemen such as IRC, DRC and Oxfam. As a professional and activist she has specialized in the field of GBV, protection and capacitybuilding.

Sardar Sidiq Abdulkarim

Programme Coordinator for Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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

Operational Communication Coordinator

Nicolas Sion joined Geneva Call in 2013. He 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.

Ann-Kristin Sjöberg

Programme Manager and Desk Coordination Near and Middle East

Ann-Kristin ‘Anki’ Sjöberg  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

Project Coordinator

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

Institutional Fundraising Officer

Annette Willi joined Geneva Call in 2014. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne with a specialization in sociology of religion. She worked several years on disarmament issues, focusing on antipersonnel mines, cluster munitions and nuclear weapons as well as on military spending. Her previous responsibilities included project management, fundraising, communication, training, advocacy and the organization of events.

Emilie Yakoubian

Communication and External Relations Assistant

Emilie Yakoubian joined Geneva Call in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a Master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. She deepened her knowledge of International Humanitarian Law by auditing several courses at Harvard University. Before joining Geneva Call, she was involved with international NGOs and worked on humanitarian and environmental issues.