Patrick Haenni

Special Adviser

Patrick Haenni became a consultant for HD in 2009 before joining the organisation as Special Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa region in 2012. He is an expert on social movements, religious practices and Islamic politics, and he has written several books on these subjects. His previous experience includes more than a decade in Egypt working for the Centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales, which is related to France’s National Centre for Scientific Research. Patrick has also worked for the International Crisis Group in Lebanon as an Analyst, and for the Swiss Religioscope Institution, as a researcher focusing on the sociology of religions. Patrick has a doctorate in Political Sociology from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.


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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