Iona joined HD’s Philippine Office as Project Manager in late 2016. She has worked in the Philippine Government as a staff member in the House of Representatives and, more recently, with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process as Head of the Secretariat supporting the Government Peace Panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In that capacity, she was directly involved in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and in its implementation until July 2016. Prior to civil service, she was involved in sustainable development NGOs and also spent time in broadcasting and publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Palawan State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines.
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.