Staff members > Operations
Head of Near and Middle East region
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.
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 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.
Head of Asia Region
Marie Coutin 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.
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.
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.
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.
Programme Manager Middle East,
Armin Köhli joined Geneva Call in 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.
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 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.
Programme Manager Great Lakes Region
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.
Thematic Legal Adviser
Carolin Nehmé joined Geneva Call in 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.
Programme Manager Asia
Chris Rush joined Geneva Call in 2007. He 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.
Thematic Legal Advisor
Carla Ruta joined Geneva Call in 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.
Programme Manager Near and Middle East - Desk coordination
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.
Project Coordinator - Syria - Consultant
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.