Ouseph Tharakan came to HD in 2007 from the International Trade Centre which supports both the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization. He had previously been involved with UNCTAD in New Delhi in India. Ouseph has also worked for the South Centre, an intergovernmental organisation focused on developing countries. His involvement began when he was selected as part of the South Centre’s ‘Young South Volunteer programme’ which seeks to build the experience of young professionals from the developing world in the multi-lateral diplomatic circuit in Geneva. He then became a Fellow in the South Centre’s Global Governance unit. Ouseph has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Essex, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Delhi in India.
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.