Dalhia El Battat joined HD in 2017 and is now the Project Manager for Iraq and Lebanon. She previously worked for HD on its projects in Syria, Tunisia and Libya. Before HD, she worked for the United Nations department of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping operations in the Middle-East and the Great Lakes region. As a political affairs officer in Lebanon, her work focused on political and security issues affecting the country’s stability. Prior to this, Dalhia spent several years working for the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo on peacebuilding issues and gained experience in local mediation processes, security sector reform and governance of natural resources. She has also worked in North Africa, the Gulf and South East Asia between 2006-2010 on research and policy projects in areas such as decentralization and local governance. She has a Master’s degree in International development from The Centre for European Studies in France and the University of Utrecht in Netherlands.
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.