Sarah Boukhary joined HD’s Yemen team in October 2020, prior to which she worked for 6 years at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) where she managed its international advocacy work on Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt, and represented WILPF at the United Nations in Geneva. She was primarily working with women political leaders and feminist activists from Yemen and different MENA countries in their participation in peace processes, inclusion in multiple tracks of mediation, and engagement with international human rights mechanisms. Prior to joining WILPF, Sarah worked at the Arab NGO Network for Development, Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale, and interned at Human Rights Watch in Beirut. Sarah is an Erasmus Mundus scholar and holds an M.A. in Human Rights Policy and Practice from Gothenburg University, Roehampton University and the Arctic University of Norway, as well as a B.A. in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is a Fellow in the Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship and speaks fluent Arabic, English, and French.
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.