Grace Forrest

Board Member

Grace Forrest is a Founder of the Walk Free Foundation, a Director of the Minderoo Foundation, and currently works as a communications strategist on the Global Slavery Index. She previously worked as a researcher at the Legatum Institute, specialising in modern slavery and mass movements of people. Ms Forrest has spent extensive time on the ground working with modern slavery survivors and documenting the reality of modern slavery throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is also a member of the Council of Advocates of the Freedom Fund, an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Group and The Freedom Hub, as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of Freedom United. Ms Forrest has represented the Walk Free Foundation around the world, including in meetings at the United Nations and with His Holiness the Pope at the Vatican. She joined HD’s Board in 2017.


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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