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 Board, courtesy of Columbia SIPA

Mr Guéhenno is the current Arnold Salzman Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From March to July 2012, 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. 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 was initially elected Chairman of the HD Centre’s Board in late 2010. He briefly stood down from the Board during his work for the United Nations and League of Arab States on Syria and 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 and was elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2013. Prior to this, Ambassador LØj had served for four years as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia. She has 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. Mr Brooks has been a member of the HD Centre's Board since 2011 and he is the current Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.

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

Mr Eide is Managing Director and a Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and leads its Centre for Global Strategies. Until October 2013, he was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2013, during the second Stoltenberg Government, he also held the positions of Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Defence. In addition, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Stoltenberg Government from 2000 to 2001. Apart from his 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) and from 2002 to 2005, he directed NUPI’s Department of International Politics. He has been involved in several United Nations reform and lessons-learned activities as well as in a number of peace negotiations worldwide. Mr Eide has been a member of the HD Centre's Board since 2013 and he is the current Chairman of the Operations Committee.

Mr Neil Janin - Board Member
Mr Neil Janin

Mr Neil Janin is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and currently counsels senior executives on matters of strategy and leadership. He spent twenty-seven years with McKinsey & Company, conducting engagements in every area of organisational practice – design, leadership, governance, performance enhancement, culture change and transformation. In addition, as co-Chairman of the Commission of the French Institute of Directors (IFA), he authored a position paper on the responsibilities of the board of directors with regards to the design and implementation of a company’s strategy. Before joining McKinsey & Company, he worked for Chase Manhattan in New York and Paris, as well as Procter & Gamble in Toronto. Mr Janin has been a Member of the HD Centre’s Board since 2013. He also sits on the Boards of a number of other profit and not-for-profit organisations and he is the current Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Georgia.

Dr Jakob Kellenberger - Board Member
Dr Jakob Kellenberger

Dr Kellenberger was President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 2000 to 2012. A former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Directorate of Political Affairs in the Swiss Foreign Ministry from 1992 to 1999, he has also served in Swiss embassies in Madrid, Brussels and London. Between 1984 and 1992, he headed up the Office for European Integration, serving first as a Minister and later as an Ambassador with responsibility for relations with the European Union and the European Free Trade Association. Dr Kellenberger is an Honorary Counsellor of, and teaches at, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also teaches at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and in the Law Faculty at the University of Salamanca in Spain. In addition to being a Member of the HD Centre Board since 2012, Dr Kellenberger is President of the Board of swisspeace, an Honorary Member of the American Society of International Law, as well as a member of the Advisory Panel for Swiss Re and of the Council for the Future of Europe.

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), a position she formally took up 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 to 2009. Prior to that, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at its 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 in the United Kingdom 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.

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

Ambassador Loretan is Chairman of the Board of the Swiss broadcasting corporation (SRG SSR) as well as a founding partner of the consulting firm Fasel Balet Loretan Associés. A former Swiss Ambassador and Diplomatic Secretary to the Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 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, and served as Secretary-General of the Swiss Christian Democratic Party from 1993 to 1997. Ambassador Loretan has been a Member of the HD Centre Board since 2011 and he is also Chairman of the Genolier Swiss Medical Network Group, as well as a Member of the Boards of several other companies.

Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin - Board
Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin

Dr Olonisakin is the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre and a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN). She served as the ASSN's West African Regional Coordinator from 2008 to 2012. Since 2003 she has also been the Director of, and Senior Research Fellow at, the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King's College in London. From 2000 to 2003, she served as Adviser for the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in New York. 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 at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr Olonisakin is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Dr Surin Pitsuwan - Board Member
Dr Surin Pitsuwan

Dr 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, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Thailand from 1997 to 2001 and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1995. He has also served as Assistant Secretary to the Minister of the Interior, as well as a Member of the Thai Parliament. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and sat on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since the end of his term as ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr Pitsuwan has been teaching at several universities including Thammasat University in Thailand, the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies at the University of Nara in Japan and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom. He currently sits on the Boards of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and the International Crisis Group.

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. Dr Salamé has been a Member of the HD Centre Board since 2011 and 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 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, Allreal Holding AG 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.