Augustin Koulas joined HD in 2014 as Political Adviser to support the organisation’s mediation efforts in the Central African Republic. He has played a key role in developing the organisation’s networks with armed groups and leading community mediation processes across the country, including its agro-pastoral areas. In 2020, Augustin took on the role of HD’s Head of Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), putting his extensive experience and expertise in the service of leading the organisation’s actions in the country. Augustin has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bangui and a Certificate in Economic Planning and Organisational Management from L’Ecole Nationale d’Economie Appliquée in Senegal. His previous positions before joining HD included Regional Programme Co-ordinator with the EU Delegation in the CAR, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the World Bank in the CAR, and Programme Officer with the international NGO COOPI. He is also a former Deputy Prefect and Head of the Administrative Services in the CAR’s Ministry of Land Administration.
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.