Abdelkader Sidibé

Head of Mission – Sahel

Abdelkader Sidibé joined HD in 2012 to support the organisation’s mediation efforts in northern Mali. Since 2014, as Head of Mission – Sahel, he has been overseeing the organisation’s mediation actions throughout the region. As a mediator between communities, armed groups and authorities of the G5 Sahel countries, Abdelkader collects the grievances and objectives of the parties and advises them in order to develop sustainable peace processes at the community, national and sub-regional levels. Abdelkader holds a Master’s degree in History and Geography from the École Normale Supérieure in Bamako. In addition to experience with the AFD-funded local development project PADL-Gao, advising local authorities on decentralization and local development, he has worked for Catholic Relief Services in the regions of Mopti and Gao on issues of education, sanitation, food security and care for displaced persons. In addition, he has contributed to a focus group on natural resource management under the aegis of the Dutch development organization (SNV).


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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