Willem Punt

Project Manager

Willem Punt joined HD in 2017 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, where he worked as a Policy Advisor on mediation within the Department for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid. Prior to this, he worked at the Security Policy Department and European Union Department of the Ministry. Willem holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Leiden.


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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