Valère joined HD in 2020 and focuses on learning and operational support to the field. He began his career in the humanitarian sector in 2009 and has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the NGO Terre des Hommes. Following field missions in Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic, Valère spent the last two years with the Danish Red Cross providing mediation training to ICRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies staff in Lebanon, Greece, and South Sudan.
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.