Renata Dwan

Senior Adviser

Dr Renata Dwan is an expert and practitioner in the prevention and resolution of armed conflict in all its major modern forms: weapons of mass destruction; conventional warfare; civil war and armed insurrection; asymmetric warfare, hybrid warfare and short-of-war modes of digital conflict. She is Deputy Director of Chatham House – the Royal Institute for International Affairs. Previously, Renata was Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and has had front-line deployments with the United Nations in DRC, Syria, Afghanistan, Haiti and elsewhere. Renata served with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and studied at Oxford University. 


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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