Patrick Kilchenmann has 25 years of experience in humanitarian and development work in the context of armed conflicts. Trained as a hydraulic engineer, he has experience across four continents working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, HELVETAS Swiss Interco-operation, and the private sector. Patrick advises HD on networking with non-state armed groups, the nexus between peace and development, and the reintegration of demobilised combatants. His versatility is also called upon to design and evaluate peace processes in which HD is involved. A Swiss national, Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Geneva and a Master’s degree in Hydrogeology from the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermal Energy of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN) and the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL).
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.