Karen Banaa

Project Associate

Karen Banaa joined HD as a Project Associate in November 2020. She supports the work of HD’s social media and conflict mediation program. Prior to this, Karen worked at The International Institute for Strategic Studies and managed communications for a NGO in The Hague. She is completing a MA in International Relations, specialising in Global Conflict, at Leiden University, and holds a BA in Politics in International Relations from The University of Nottingham.


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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