Katia Papagianni

Director – Mediation Support and Policy

Katia Papagianni joined HD in 2006 and is the organisation’s Director for Policy and Mediation Support. Her work focuses on the design of peace processes and, more specifically, on national dialogues and constitution-making processes. As part of her work at HD, she has supported various peace processes, including in Liberia, Libya, Syria, Myanmar, Ukraine and the Philippines. Katia was also seconded to the United Nations to support national dialogue efforts in Yemen where she shared comparative insights on the design of national dialogue processes. Before joining HD, Katia worked for the National Democratic Institute, as well as for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and for the United Nations Development Programme. She has been based in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraq. Katia holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University, and a Doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University. She has taught on the subjects of peacebuilding and state-building at both Geneva’s Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies’ and at Columbia 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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