Protecting civilians in armed conflict


Staff members > Operations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.