Marc Hofstetter

Deputy Executive Director

Marc Hofstetter joined HD in 2009 as Deputy Executive Director. He was previously Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), and the Executive Director of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing Foundation. His earlier experience includes working at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including as their Head of Delegation in Iraq and Tajikistan, and he has also worked as a Project Manager for the World Economic Forum. Marc holds two Master’s degrees, one in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Lausanne, and the other in International Relations from the Fletchers School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


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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