Olaya Lavilla

Project Associate

Olaya Lavilla joined HD in September 2019 as a Project Associate for the organisation’s Francophone Africa team. She previously worked on development projects for Swiss NGOs in Burkina Faso and Senegal before becoming a project manager and fundraiser with a development organisation active in the African Great Lakes region and Central America. Olaya holds degrees in International Relations and International Tourism as well as an Executive Master’s degree in Development Policy and Practice from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.


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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