Giles rejoined HD’s Mediation Support and Policy Programme in 2020, having previously completed an internship with the Oslo Forum team in 2017. He went on to gain experience as a Policy Adviser in the UK Department for Business and worked in communications for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, where he was responsible for the production of a wide range of research and policy publications. Giles holds a master’s degree in Human Geography from University College London, where he focused on forced migration, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cambridge.
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.