Protecting civilians in armed conflict


Board members

Lorella Bertani

Board Member

Lorella Bertani is a lawyer, member of the Geneva Bar, she has been acting as Deputy Judge of the Geneva Criminal Court since 2011. She has also been President of the Board of the “Grand Theatre” in Geneva since 2007. Before that, she also took many other responsibilities: she was a member of the High Judiciary Council, Member of the Admissions Board for the diplomatic service for eight years and first Vice-President of the Board of Geneva International Airport.

Philippe Bertherat

Board Member

Philippe Bertherat is a former partner at Banque Pictet & Cie SA (1994-2014), collector of contemporary art and photography, and an active philanthropist. 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.

Irina Bokova

Board Member

Irina Bokova has been two terms the Director-General of UNESCO, from 2009 to 2017. She served as Member of Parliament and Ambassador. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Irina Bokova was a Fellow at the University of Maryland (College Park) and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). As Director-General of UNESCO, she promoted quality education for all, gender equality, the protection of cultural heritage in conflict and the fight against illicit trafficking of antiquities. These global advocacy efforts lead to the adoption of several ground-breaking resolutions by the United Nations Security Council on the role of heritage for security and peace. She spearheaded global awareness and campaigns to counter youth radicalization and prevent violent extremism, hate speech and discrimination, starting with action through education. She was on the Forbes List of the world's most influential women for 2016.

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Board Member

Micheline Calmy-Rey was Switzerland's Foreign Minister as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. She was 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.

Elisabeth Decrey Warner

Board Member

Elisabeth Decrey Warner co-founded Geneva Call in 1998 and served as its Executive President until joining the Board in 2018 as its Honorary President. She has always worked with NGOs on issues related to refugees, disarmament and humanitarian norms. She was a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for 12 years and was elected its President in 2000. She has been recognized internationally for her outstanding contribution to peace. She was nominated for Switzerland as one of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Among her many awards, she received the highest recognition in France, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva and the Hessian Peace Prize in Germany. Mrs. Decrey Warner was the President of the Board of the World Organization against Torture and has been a member of several international Boards. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Aymar Durant de Saint André


Aymar Durant de Saint André, Member of the Board, is an HEC Paris alumni who first worked 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 successively from Paris,Luxembourg and Geneva with an emphasis on international trade finance-including commodities financing-prior to becoming a Geneva based private consultant. In such capacity he was extensively involved in both private and sovereign debt restructuring  including series of international negotiations conducted under various laws and jurisdictions. He is still a fund raising adviser more particularly to oil service industry related companies and private real estate developers.

Ruth Flint

Board Member

Ruth Flint attended school in Geneva where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations in 1974 from the UHEI (today known as the Graduate Institute Geneva). She first worked in the private sector and lived in New York for two years prior to joining the Swiss diplomatic service in 1978. She served in various cities including Rome, Strasbourg (Council of Europe), Berne, Geneva (International Economic Organizations), The Hague (Multilateral: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and International Tribunals). She served as ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and then ended her diplomatic career 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 in the financial services industry in Geneva, London, New York and Hong Kong. Since 2011 Jean Keller is CEO and 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. He is involved in his local community as an elected official.

Bertrand Reich

Chairman of the Board

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

François Tissot

Board Member

François Tissot studied Economics and Law and holds a degree in Commercial and Industrial Science and is qualified as an attorney-at-law. He is 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 board member of several of its companies. Before working in the watch-making industry, he was, for seven years, head of a company specialized in precious metals in 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 politics of gender and development. From 1995 to 2007 Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold was a member of the Swiss National Council and a member of the Council of Europe. Key aspects of her work are migration and refugee policies compatible with human rights, the fight against domestic violence, violence against children, trafficking in humans especially children, as well as organ trade. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold is the President and initiator of the association “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Price 2005” which now became “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.