Hawa Dakono

Project Manager

Hawa Dakono joined HD in 2017 as Youth Dialogue Adviser to develop the dialogue between Malian youth and authorities facilitated by the organisation in the Sahel. In 2018, she became Project Manager to coordinate HD’s mediation efforts between communities and authorities on the redeployment of the state in the Mopti and Segou regions of Mali. She holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Bamako, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Institut des Hautes Etudes et de la Communication de Bamako and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the private university Institut des Sciences Politiques Relations Internationales et Communications (ISPRIC) in Bamako. Hawa previously worked in Mali and Niger for NGOs, development agencies, and private entities, including the Aga Khan Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee, International Relief and Development (IRD), the International Centre for Expertise and Training and Centre SUD CONSULTING.


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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