Ambassador Haile Menkerios has about 30 years of experience in conflict resolution. A career diplomat, he served as Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (UNSG) and head of the UN Office to the African Union (2013-2018). Prior to this, Amb. Menkerios served as Special Envoy of the UNSG for Sudan and South Sudan (2011-2013) and Head of the UN Mission in Sudan (2009-2011), as well as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in New York (2007-2009). Since he joined the UN in 2001, Amb. Menkerios held several other senior UN positions including in field missions dealing with issues of peace and security. His engagements during his career included successful mediation efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, the African Great Lakes Region, Madagascar, and The Comoros. Prior to his time with the UN, Amb. Menkerios served as Eritrean Permanent Representative to the UN (1997-2000), Special Envoy to Somalia and the Great Lakes Region and Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union during the critical period of Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia. He joined HD as a Senior Adviser in July 2018.
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.