Laurent Vinatier


Dr Laurent Vinatier has been working with HD as an Adviser on the organisation’s activities in Ukraine since 2014. His previous experience includes working as a consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Small Arms Survey. During his career, Laurent has undertaken a number of assessments of political risks focusing on Russia and Turkey as well as Islamist movements. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, during which he specialised in conflict management. Laurent has written four books and numerous articles on his areas of expertise.


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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