Nilar Oo moved from being the Deputy Director for Operations and External Relations for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to become HD’s Deputy Country Representative for Myanmar in 2013. At the IRC, she was responsible for expanding the organisation’s programmes and liaising with Government Ministries and other stakeholders. Earlier in her career, Nilar spent more than eighteen years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and when the ICRC withdrew its expatriates from Myanmar for three years in the 1990s, Nilar maintained its contacts with the authorities in Myanmar and supervised its programmes in the country. She has extensive experience of working with ethnic armed groups, including visiting detainees in prison and conducting quiet diplomacy to improve their conditions. Nilar has a degree in English Literature from Rangoon Arts and Science University, a Master’s degree in Peacebuilding from Coventry University in the United Kingdom, and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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.