Claudio Habicht joined HD as a Programme Manager in 2021. Prior, he had worked for 10 years as a Swiss diplomat, with a focus on mediation support and mediation activities in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. He served at the Swiss Permanent Mission to the OSCE, the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna. In 2020, he was seconded to the Albanian OSCE Chairmanship as a Senior Adviser where he dealt with the conflicts in Ukraine and Moldova. Before moving to Vienna, he was the Deputy Head of the Peace Policy Unit at the Swiss Foreign Ministry covering the conflicts in the Eurasia region. Previous postings include Deputy Head of Unit for the bilateral relations with Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Peace Building Adviser at the Swiss Embassy in Tbilisi. Before he joined the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Claudio worked as an assistant editor and as a journalist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Slavic Linguistics and Literature, Media Studies and Political Science from the University of Zurich.
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.