Ambassador Dr. Martin Sajdik’s diplomatic career first took him to Geneva, he later on twice served as envoy to the Austrian Embassy in Moscow. Between 1986 and 1994, being on leave from the Foreign Ministry, he occupied several private sector positions, including as director of the Moscow office of an Austrian Bank and later in the top management of an Austrian Construction Group. Back in the Austrian Foreign Ministry, in 1997, he became head of the Department for EU Enlargement, External Economic Relations, and Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe. In 2003 he was appointed head of economic and integration policy in the Austrian diplomatic service. From 2007 to 2011 he became Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and Mongolia, and from 2012 to 2015 Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. In 2014/15 he served as President of the UN Economic and Social Council as well as of the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. From 2015 to 2020, Ambassador Sajdik was the OSCE Ukraine Special Envoy in charge of the Minsk talks on a conflict settlement in eastern Ukraine. Ambassador Sajdik has a doctorate in law from the University of Vienna, and studied international law at the Lomonosov University in Moscow, and international relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy.
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.
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.
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.