Dana Madsen

Project Associate

Dana joined HD’s Mediation Support and Policy Programme in 2020. She supports the work of the monitoring and evaluation team and the Gender and Inclusion focal point. Prior to joining HD, Dana worked at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ MENA Division and at the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health. She holds a Masters degree in Asian studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, and a second Masters in Middle Eastern studies from the Global Studies Institute. She has won awards for her intersectional feminist analyses on conflicts in East and Southeast Asia and published work on water and security with UNESCO.


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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