Elena Valenciano joined HD in the capacity of Senior Adviser in 2019. Prior to HD, she co-founded and was later President of the Women’s Foundation (Fundación Mujeres), a reference organisation in Spain in the area of gender equality. Elena has 20 years of experience as a member of parliament at the national and European levels, having initiated her career in 1999 in the European Parliament, where she held positions such as Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights and Vice-President of the Special Commission on Terrorism. She participated in parliamentary missions to Israel and Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, DRC and Burundi, Hungary and Serbia, among others. She was designated as Head of the European Union Electoral Observation Missions to Senegal (2019), Lebanon (2017) and Haiti (2015-2016). Prior to her engagement at the international level, she was the spokesperson of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) in the Commission of Foreign Affairs in the Congress.
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.