Amb Pierre Vimont

Chair of the Board

Ambassador Pierre Vimont is a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the European Neighbourhood Policy, transatlantic relations and French foreign policy. From 2010 to 2015, he was Executive Secretary-General of the EU’s European External Action Service after a career of 38 years in the French diplomatic service. His postings included Ambassador to the United States (2007 to 2010), Ambassador to the European Union (1999 to 2002) and Chief of Staff to three French foreign ministers. He holds the title of Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life on only a few French diplomats, and is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit). Ambassador Vimont joined HD’s Board in 2015, served as its Chair from 2016 to 2019 and was again elected as Chair in late 2021.


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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Foundation Board

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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