A lawyer by training, Marguerite Bukuru is a graduate of the University of Burundi. Prior to holding the positions of Minister of Social Affairs, Human Rights and Women and then Minister of the Civil Service in Burundi between 1984 and 1994, Marguerite served as legal adviser to the Minister of Women’s Affairs, as Magistrate, as Director General at the Ministry of Family and the Advancement of Women and as the Director of the National Center for the Promotion of Human Rights. In 1995, she joined the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Burundi to focus on the issues of justice and transitional justice. After contributing to the organisation of national consultations on transitional justice in Togo in 2008, Marguerite worked in Darfur, Sudan and with UNOCI in Côte d’Ivoire, where she supported the transitional justice process for four years. Having retired in March 2017 after working with MINUSCA in the Central African Republic, she continues her commitment to the promotion of human rights, gender equality and transitional justice on a voluntary basis. She joined HD in 2019 to advise on the transitional justice processes supported by the organisation, particularly in the Central African Republic, along with providing HD with her expertise in the area of inclusion.
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.