Christopher Thornton

Special Adviser

Christopher Thornton re-joined HD in 2011 having been an intern with the organisation in 2009. He is currently consultant for HD’s projects in Libya and Tunisia after serving as its Project Manager. He has worked on Libya since 2011 and travelled extensively throughout the country. He has also spent a year in Tunisia working on inter-party dialogue around the country’s electoral process. Before joining HD, Chris held research and policy positions at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and a second Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he won the Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize for International Law.


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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