Protecting civilians in armed conflict


Staff members


AhmEd Fadel Abou Maamar

AhmEd Fadel A.M joined Geneva Call as Programme Manager for the Middle East in 2017. He holds a master degree in international humanitarian law and human rights. He has been working in the humanitarian field for the last 15 years with : ERM, Solidarités, PU, Handicap International, MdM and then with MSF Suisse as Emergency Coordinator and Head of Mission. During his humanitarian field path, he has been intervening in contexts of armed conflict (such as: Darfour, South Sudan, DRC, Syria, Iraq and most recently Yemen ) as well as contexts of  natural disasters such as: Indonesia, Bangladesh and Haiti).  


Mehmet Balci

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

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

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

Yannick R. Brodard 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. He joined Geneva Call in July 2016 as IT Support and became Junior IT Officer in January 2017.


Marie Coutin

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.


Elisabeth Decrey Warner

Elisabeth Decrey Warner is the Executive President and co-founder of Geneva Call. For over 25 years, she has worked with NGOs on issues relating to refugees, torture, disarmament and humanitarian norms. Her work was recognized in 2005 when she was nominated for Switzerland as one of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ms Decrey Warner was a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for 12 years and was elected its President in 2000. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as well as of the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva.


Alessio di Sanzio

Alessio di Sanzio joined Geneva Call in 2007 as Communication Officer and Events Coordinator. After studying banking, he completed a Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy, and a PhD in Anthropology. He has worked as a consultant and senior project manager in the public sector (Swiss Government and several Cantons) and in the private sector in banking, human resources, fundraising, teaching, technology, marketing and communication. He currently combines the roles of IT and Facility management.


Alexandre Gillen

Alex Gillen, Director of Administration and Finance, 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 in November 2016, he started his career in auditing firms and financial organizations, and then held management positions in different NGOs and NPOs.


Ezequiel Heffes

Ezequiel Heffes joined Geneva Call as a Thematic Legal Adviser in February 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

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

Hichem Khadhraoui, Director of Operations, 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.


Armin Köhli

Armin Köhli, Programme Manager 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.

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Katherine Kramer

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

Taylor Landis joined Geneva Call as a Programme Officer 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.


Kevin Luximon

Kevin Luximon joined Geneva Call in 2017. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Fundraising at Doctors without Borders, Team Leader at Greenpeace and responsible for Direct Marketing, Advertising and Digital Fundraising at Amnesty International. Kevin Luximon holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and certificates in People Management (HEC Geneva) and Non-Profit Organizations Management (IDHEAP Lausanne).


Fred Meylan

Fred Meylan, Programme Manager Horn of Africa, has been working in the humanitarian field for 22 years mainly with Médecin sans Frontières (MSF), but also with the Word Food Programme, UNICEF and Solidarités. During the 90’s he co-ran a national NGO dealing with children in distress in Angola. He has hold a broad variety of positions including logistics officer, head of mission, emergency coordinator and head of a regional office. More recently, he worked as a Programme Manager of emergency and regular cells in MSF Geneva.  During his long humanitarian experience he has been faced with extremely volatile contexts and countries (Ethiopia, Angola, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Congo, DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, Niger, Tchad, Haiti). He joined Geneva Call in 2014.


Céline Morgan

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

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.


Sari Osseiran

Sari Osseiran joined Geneva Call as an intern and became Project Officer for the Middle East region in September 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

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.

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Chris Rush

Chris Rush, Programme Manager 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

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 several countries such as Colombia, the Gaza Strip or Sudan. 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

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.    


Nicolas Sion

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 Sjöberg

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.


Annette Willi

Annette Willi joined Geneva Call as Institutional Fundraising Officer in March 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.



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