Mohamed Ibn Chambas

Board Member

Mohamed Ibn Chambas is a diplomat, politician, mediator, lawyer and an academic.

A former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, he also headed the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and was the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Before his diplomatic career, he served as Ghana’s Deputy Foreign Secretary and Deputy Minister of Education. He was a mediator in the first Liberian civil war in the 1990s and the Ivorian civil war in the early 2000s. As part of ECOWAS mediation efforts, he took part in negotiations leading to the end of the Liberian civil war.

He holds degrees in political science from University of Ghana (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.A. and PhD) as well as a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

He joined HD’s board in 2022.


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.

Read more

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.

Read more


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.

Read more

We use cookies to guarantee the best experience and improve the performance of our website.
For more information, please see our Legal Mentions.