Amb Karl Eikenberry

Board and the Operations Committee Member

Karl Eikenberry is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired).  He is a senior advisor to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense on its defense and military transformation plan.  He is also a faculty member of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  Previously he served as Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University and an affiliate at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Relations Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Center for International Security Cooperation and The Europe Center. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. His 35-year military career included senior command and political-military postings in Afghanistan, Europe, the People’s Republic of China, Korea, Hawaii, and the continental United States. Amb Eikenberry graduated from the United States Academy at West Point, and received a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Stanford. He earned the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Interpreter’s Certificate for Mandarin Chinese from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School in Hong Kong and has an advanced degree in Chinese History from Nanjing University. He joined HD’s board in 2020.                                                                     


The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.

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As a Swiss nonprofit 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.

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HD’s team has grown from a small group of 6 people in 1999 to more than 300 from over 40 different nationalities today, supervised by a 11 member Senior Management Team. The organisation is made up of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who are dedicated to making a difference through peace and mediation efforts.

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