NEWS – Former Head of the EU’s External Action Service and current UN Special Adviser on Cyprus to lead HD’s Foundation Board
As a Swiss non profit Foundation, HD 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.
HD’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 HD’s programme of work; and a Nominations Committee in charge of identifying suitable candidates for membership.
Sarah F. Cliffe is the Director of the Center on International Cooperation at the University of New York. Prior to that, she was Special Representative for the World Bank’s World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development as well as Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General of Civilian Capacities to the United Nations. Ms Cliffe has worked for the last twenty years in countries emerging from conflict and political transition, including Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, and Timor-Leste. At the World Bank, her work covered post-conflict reconstruction, community-driven development, and civil service reform. Ms. Cliffe was the Chief of mission for the Bank’s programme in Timor-Leste (1999 to 2002). She led the Bank’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group (2002-2007) and was also the Bank’s Director of Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific Region (2007 to 2009). Ms. Cliffe has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, the Government of South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions, as well as for a major management consultancy company in the United Kingdom on public sector reform issues. She joined HD’s Board in 2015.
Mr Neil Janin is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and currently counsels senior executives on matters of strategy and leadership. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Georgia, and a member of the Board of Ipsos SA, as well as that of a number of non-profit organisations. 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. Before joining the management consulting firm, Mr Janin worked for Chase Manhattan in New York and Paris, as well as Procter & Gamble in Toronto. He has been a Member of HD’s Board since 2013 and chairs its Nominations Committee in charge of identifying suitable candidates for membership.
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 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.
Dr ‘Funmi Olonisakin directs the Security, Leadership and Society Programme at King’s College London. She 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. From 2003 to 2013, she was Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College in London. From 2000 to 2003, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in New York, overseeing Africa programmes. 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) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.