Fatima Kassam

Senior Adviser

Fatima Kassam’s work has explored the connections between poverty, risk, intolerance and conflict, and has included the development of innovative financing to address some of the world’s most intractable problems. She served as Chief of Staff to the African Risk Capacity, a Specialized Agency of the African Union which mitigates risks in the African region through pooled funds. She has served with a number of global organizations in the fields of humanitarian action, economic development, social cohesion and pluralism.


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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