As a Swiss nonprofit Foundation, the HD Centre is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team and staff.

The HD Centre’s Board meets three times a year and has set up three committees: an Audit & Finance Committee which reviews the financial management of the organisation; an Operations Committee which is responsible for reviewing the HD Centre’s programme of work; and a Nominations Committee in charge of identifying suitable candidates for membership.

Board members

Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno - Chairman of the Board
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Chairman of the HD Centre Foundation Board

Mr Guéhenno was elected Chairman of the HD Centre Board at the end of 2010. From March to July 2012, he temporarily stood down from the Board when he was appointed Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on Syria. He had previously served as the United Nations’ Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations between 2000 and 2008. Mr Guéhenno is the current Arnold Salzman Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. A former French diplomat, he held the position of Chairman of the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale between 1998 and 2000 and he was a Member of the Cour des Comptes in Paris from 1976 to 2000. Mr Guéhenno is an Officer of the ‘Légion d’honneur’ and a Commander of the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’. He resumed his role as a Member and Chairman of the HD Centre Board in November 2012. 

Amb. Ellen M. Løj - Vice Chairman of the Board
Amb. Ellen M. Loej, Member of the HD Centre Board

Ambassador Løj joined the HD Centre’s Board in 2012 after serving for four years as the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia. Before that she spent 35 years in the Danish Foreign Service including serving as Ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2007 and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2001 to 2007. While in New York, she represented Denmark on the United Nations Security Council from 2005 to 2006. During her diplomatic career, she also served as State Secretary with responsibility for Denmark’s relations with Asia, Africa and Latin America from 1996 to 2001 and as Ambassador to Israel from 1989 to 1992. In addition to being on the Board of the HD Centre, Ambassador LØj is also the Chair of the International Board of Directors and Members Assembly at Plan International.

Mr Jermyn Brooks - Board Member & Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee
Jermyn Brooks, Board Member and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee, © Transparency International

Mr Brooks is the former Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the anti-corruption civil society organisation Transparency International. He was on Transparency International's Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006 and was elected again for three years in 2011. His main focus is supporting the organisation's work to improve corporate transparency and integrity. Mr Brooks also chairs the Board of the Global Network Initiative. He is a former worldwide Chairman of Price Waterhouse and took a key role in the merger negotiations which resulted in the company becoming PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998.In addition to being a member of the HD Centre's Board since 2011, Mr Brooks is the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee which reviews the financial management of the organisation on behalf of the Board.

Mr Espen Barth Eide - Board Member & Chairman of the Operations Committee
Mr Espen Barth Eide

Mr Eide was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs until October 2013. During the Stoltenberg II government (2005-2013), he also held the positions of Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Defence. In the first Stoltenberg government (2000-2001), he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Apart from his various posts in government, Mr Eide has pursued an academic career in political science. From 1993 to 2000, he was a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). From 2002-2005, he directed NUPIs Department of International Politics. He has been involved in several UN reform and lessons-learned activities as well as in a number of peace negotiations worldwide. Mr Eide holds a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Oslo and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Mr Neil Janin - Board Member
Mr Neil Janin, Member of the HD Centre Board

Mr Janin is Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, which he joined in 1982. Today, Mr Janin currently provides counseling  to senior executives. While at McKinsey, he has been one of the thought leaders of the company’s organisation practice engaging in every areas ranging from design, leadership, governance, performance enhancement to culture change and transformation. He taught at HEC-Paris and Insead where he was executive in residence. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Mr Janin worked for Chase Manhattan in New York and Paris, as well as Procter & Gamble in Toronto. Mr Janin also sits on the Boards of a number of profit and non-for-profit organisations. He holds an MBA from York University, Toronto as well as a joint Honors Degree in Economics and Accounting from McGill University in Montreal.

Ms Irene Khan - Board Member
Irene Khan, Member of the HD Centre Board - © IDLO

Ms Khan is the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The first woman to hold this office, she took up her position formally on 1 January 2012. An international thought leader on human rights, gender and social justice issues, Ms Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2001 - 2009. Prior to that, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at headquarters and in various field operations. She was Visiting Professor at the State University of New York Law School (Buffalo) in 2011. Ms. Khan is Chancellor of Salford University (UK), and a member of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention. She sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organisations. Ms. Khan received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights has been translated into seven languages. Born in Bangladesh, Ms Khan studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School.

Dr Jakob Kellenberger - Board Member
Dr Jakob Kellenberger, Member of the HD Centre Board

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross-ICRC (2000-2012); State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Directorate for Political Affairs in the Swiss Foreign Ministry  (1992-1999); Head of the Office for European Integration, responsible for relations with the European Union and EFTA, as Minister first, Ambassador after  (1984-1992); held  diplomatic positions in Swiss embassies in Madrid, Brussels (EU) and London; currently teaches at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and at the Law Faculty of the University of Salamanca, Spain, and soon at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; Member of the Council for the Future of Europe and of the Swiss Re Advisory Panel. Dr. Kellenberger holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universities of Basle and Catania and is Honorary Counsellor of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Honorary Member of the American Society of International Law. 

Amb. Raymond Loretan - Board Member
Raymond Loretan, Member of the HD Centre Board

Ambassador Loretan is a former Swiss Ambassador and Diplomatic Secretary to the Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, as well as a founding partner of the consulting firm Fasel Balet Loretan Associés. Ambassador Loretan also worked as personal adviser to the Minister of Defence and  of Justice and Police. He was Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore and Consul General  in New York. In addition to being a Member of the HD Centre Board since 2011, Ambassador Loretan is also Chairman of the Board of both the SRG SSR (the Swiss broadcasting corporation organisation) and the Genolier Swiss Medical Network Group, as well as a member of the Board of several other companies. Ambassador Loretan also served as Secretary-General of the Swiss Christian Democratic Party from 1993 to 1997.

Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin - Board
Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin

Dr. 'Funmi Olonisakin is the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (2010 to present), as well as Director of, and Senior Reseach Fellow at, the Conflict, Security and Development Group (2003 to present) at King's College in London, United Kingdom. Dr Olonisakin also served as Adviser for the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in New York from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this, she held various research positions including at the Centre for Defence Studies and the Department for War Studies at King's College London; at the Institute for Strategic Studies in the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and at the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr Olonisakin holds a Masters and PhD in War Studies from King's College London, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Ife in Nigeria. She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and served as its West African Regional Coordinator from 2008 to 2012. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Dr Surin Pitsuwan - Board Member
Dr Surin Pitsuwan

Dr Surin Pitsuwan is the former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a position he held from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, Dr Pitsuwan served as Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2001), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1995), Assistant Secretary to the Minister of the Interior, as well as a Member of the Thai Parliament. From 2001 to 2003, Dr Pitsuwan was member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations. He also served as an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty from 1999-2001 and sat on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Following the end of his term as ASEAN Secretary General in January 2013, Dr Pitsuwan has been teaching at Thammasat University (Thailand), the King Prajadhipok Institute (an academic affiliation of the Thai Parliament) as well as the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, University of Nara (Japan), the University of Malaya (Malaysia), and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (UK). Dr Pitsuwan currently sits on the boards of the UN Human Security Trust Fund and the International Crisis Group. He holds an MA and a PhD in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Dr Ghassan Salamé - Board Member
Dr Ghassan Salamé, Member of the HD Centre Board

Dr Salamé is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs and Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po in Paris. Dr Salamé was a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General from 2003 to 2006, and Political Advisor to the United Nations Mission in Iraq in 2003. From 2000 to 2003, he was Lebanon’s Minister of Culture, as well as Chairman and Spokesman of the Organisation Committee for the Arab Summit (March 2002) and of the Francophone Summit (October 2002) in Beirut. In addition to being a Member of the HD Centre Board since 2011, Dr Salamé presently sits on the Board of various organisations including the International Crisis Group. He is the founding chairman of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut).

Mr Olivier Steimer - Board Member
Olivier Steimer, Member of the HD Centre Board.

Mr Steimer has been the Chairman of the Board for the Banque Cantonale de Vaudoise since 2002. He is also the Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Finance Institute as well as Vice-Chairman of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank and of the Swiss Federal Railways. From 1983 to 2002, Mr Steimer held various positions with Credit Suisse Group in domestic and international banking including roles as Head, Geneva Region; Member of the Executive Board, Private Banking and Financial Services; and Chief Executive Officer, Private Banking International. Mr Steimer has been a Member of the HD Centre’s Board since 2009 and he is also a Member of the Boards of economiesuisse, Avenir Suisse, ACE Ltd and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Honorary President

Dr Javier Solana - Honorary President
Dr Javier Solana during the HD Centre's 10th anniversary celebration

Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009); Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999); Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain (1992–1995). Currently President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution and member of the Boards of the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Human Rights Watch.

Internal Auditor

Clive Harbutt - Internal Auditor

Clive is a qualified accountant and ‘Lean Six Sigma' Black Belt (a process improvement approach and qualification combining two methodologies Lean & Six Sigma). Before joining the HD Centre in 2011, he held senior Internal Audit, Accounting and Finance positions in a number of blue chip companies e.g. Pfizer, Serono, Ciba, DuPont and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. He has also worked in an independent capacity with KPMG, PwC and E&Y on the design and implementation of internal control systems and on similar internal audit & control system projects for the UNHCR, ILO and ECLT and several other smaller non-profit organisations.  He is the founder and managing partner of SICG S.A. (Swiss Investment Consulting Group) and member of the board of directors of SwissINSO, a company involved in the field of renewable energy. His is also an ambassador for the International Organizations MBA programme at the University of Geneva.