Protecting civilians in armed conflict


Board members

Lorella Bertani

Board Member

Lorella Bertani is a lawyer, and a member of the Geneva Bar. Since 2011 she has been the Deputy Judge of the Geneva Criminal Court and since 2007 she has been the President of the Board of the “Grand Theatre” in Geneva. Before that, she also held many other positions of responsibility: she was a member of the High Judiciary Council, a Member of the Admissions Board for the diplomatic service for eight years and the first Vice-President of the Board of Geneva's international airport.

Philippe Bertherat

Board Member

Philippe Bertherat is a collector of contemporary art and photography, and an active philanthropist. He was formerly a partner at Banque Pictet & Cie SA (1994-2014). He also serves as the Chairman of the Mamco Foundation, which runs the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Mamco) in Geneva and is a Member of the Sotheby's Council.

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Board Member

As the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Micheline Calmy-Rey served as Switzerland's Foreign Minister. She was also a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2003 to the end of 2011, and was President of the Swiss Confederation in 2007 and again in 2011.

Aymar Durant de Saint André


Aymar Durant de Saint André,  is an alumni of HEC Paris who began his career working at the Office of Management and Budget at the French Ministry of Finance in Paris. He was then active in international banking over a number of years in Paris, Luxembourg and Geneva with an emphasis on international trade finance-including commodities financing-prior to becoming a Geneva-based private consultant. In this capacity he was extensively involved in both private and sovereign debt restructuring  including in a series of international negotiations conducted under various jurisdictions and legal systems. He continues to be active as a fundraising adviser to oil service industry related companies and private real estate developers.

Ruth Flint

Board Member

Ruth Flint earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations in 1974 from the UHEI (today known as the Graduate Institute Geneva). She began her career working in the private sector and lived in New York for two years prior to joining the Swiss diplomatic service in 1978. She then served in various cities including Rome, Strasbourg (Council of Europe), Bern, Geneva (International Economic Organizations), and The Hague (Multilateral: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and International Tribunals). She also served as the ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and then as the ambassador to Lebanon in 2014.

Jean Keller

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Jean Keller holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He spent his entire career working in the financial services industry in Geneva, London, New York and Hong Kong. Since 2011 Jean Keller has been the CEO and a partner at QUAERO. He also serves on various boards of trustees and is the treasurer of the Martin Bodmer Foundation, one of the largest private libraries in Europe. In addition, he is involved in his local community as an elected official.

Bertrand Reich

Chairman of the Board

Bertrand Reich is a lawyer and a Member of Geneva Bar Association. He is involved in varied economic and political issues in Geneva. He has previously worked as a lawyer with organizations supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

François Tissot

Board Member

François Tissot studied economics and law, holds a degree in Commercial and Industrial Science and is qualified as an attorney-at-law. He is also the company director for several small and medium-sized companies in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Until December 2008, he was the Director of the Chopard Group, which he joined in 1999, and was a board member of several of its companies. Before working in the watch-making industry, he was, for seven years, head of a company specializing in precious metals in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold

Board Member

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold holds a doctorate in Ethnology and spent many years in Africa as a researcher and expert in development cooperation. She established and led the information, documentation and education centre for Third World studies in Switzerland and lectured at different universities on the politics of gender and development. From 1995 to 2007 she was a member of the Swiss National Council and a member of the Council of Europe. Some of the key aspects she has focused on in her work have been ensuring that migration and refugee policies are compatible with human rights, the fight against domestic violence, violence against children, trafficking in humans especially children, as well as the organ trade. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold is the President and founder of the association “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Price 2005” which has now been renamed “Peace Women Across the Globe”.

Michel Veuthey

Board Member

Michel Veuthey studied law in Geneva and Munich and holds a Doctorate in Law (Guerilla and Humanitarian Law).  He worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1967 to 2000, in particular as a jurist, then as Head of the Division of International Organizations, General Delegate for Europe and North-America, Regional Delegate in Austral Africa and finally as the President of the Geneva International Friendships’ Circle.