Thomas Greminger, Chairman
Thomas Greminger is currently Deputy Director General (with the title of Ambassador) and Head of Regional Cooperation, at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Before this position, Ambassador Greminger was a Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations, and the international organizations in Vienna. In the framework of Switzerland’s OSCE Chairmanship 2014, he chaired the Permanent Council of the OSCE.
Previously in his career Ambassador Greminger headed the Political Affairs Division IV (PDIV) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The PDIV is Foreign Affairs’ main competence-centre for peace and human rights, as well as for humanitarian and migration policy. PDIV offers and supports facilitation and mediation services to more than half a dozen peace processes worldwide, including those in the Middle East, Colombia, Nepal, Burundi, Sudan, and West Africa.
Ambassador Greminger also served in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, including a period as the country-director of Switzerland’s cooperation programme with Mozambique from 1999 to 2001.
Victor Angelo, Board member
Victor Angelo is currently the chief executive of DuniaMundo, an international affairs consultancy firm, and a Senior International Advisor on governance, crisis management and security, working with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries CPLP and other institutions. He is also a newspaper columnist on international affairs for the Portuguese weekly magazine Visão.
Mr Angelo is a former Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General, and worked for the U.N. in various conflict-related capacities over 32 years. Mr Angelo served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad, heading the UN peacekeeping mission, MINURCAT, from February 2008 to March 2010. Prior to that, Mr Angelo served as the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone from January 2006 to December 2007, heading the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).
Mr Angelo had earlier served as UN Humanitarian and Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Zimbabwe from September 2000 to September 2004.
Louisa Chan Boegli, Board member
Dr Louisa Chan Boegli is from Hong Kong and lives in Switzerland. She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of California Los Angeles USA. Currently, as founding member of the Rugiagli Initiative (tRI), she leads their activities in capacity building of health professionals for peace work.
She has 20 years of experience in international development and conflict management, working with communities, governments, multinational companies, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and NGOs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Over the last 15 years, Louisa Chan Boegli has been instrumental in conceiving and starting three organisations: Centre of Humanitarian Dialogue; a consultancy company providing Corporate Social Responsibility services to multinational companies; and the Rugiagli Initiative (tRI). She helped to write the HD Centre’s charter and pioneered exploratory work in Aceh, Indonesia and in Myanmar. From 2002 through 2007, Louisa Chan Boegli was the leading member of the corporate social responsibility team offering services to multinational companies. As a founding member of tRI, she successfully initiated activities in Southern Thailand. With the Thai partner (Prince of Songkla University), and support from the PeaceNexus Foundation, tRI completed a pilot project to enhance the capacity for peace amongst health professionals working in conflict areas.
Louisa Chan Boegli also holds a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School.
Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson, Board member
Dr Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson is the President of Oak Foundation. In this capacity she supports the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.Before presiding the Oak Foundation, Ms Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Dr Cravero-Kristoffersson worked in various posts such as, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. While with the United Nations she was Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with UNDP, and Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
She served as UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi; UNICEF Representative in Uganda; External Relations Officer of the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS; UNICEF Senior Health Advisor; and UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Chad.
Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).
Anne Gloor, Board member
Anne Gloor conceived and founded PeaceNexus with the help of Hansjörg Wyss in 2009. Anne was PeaceNexus’ Executive Director from 2011 to 2014 to ensure the proper set up of the Foundation. She now oversees the Foundation’s endowment fund investments.
From 1999 to 2011 Anne worked for the Swiss Foreign Ministry. In this time she designed peacebuilding programmes in Southern Africa, assisted in these programmes’ implementation while based in Mozambique, coordinated the Swiss mine action programme for two years, trained diplomats and experts in peacebuilding, and expanded the Swiss election support programme. Between 2006 and 2008 Anne was seconded to the General Directorate for External Relations of the European Commission to coordinate the EU election observation policy and operations in several countries.
Anne has studied in Switzerland, the USA, Colombia, France and the UK. She holds Master degrees from the University of Bern and EHESS in Paris. Her academic focus was democracy building in Latin America, Africa, the USA, France and Switzerland. Later in her career she started a PhD at the University of Bradford on election-related conflict resolution, which she abandoned to set up PeaceNexus.
Denis Kadima, Board member
Denis Kadima has been serving as the Johannesburg-based Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) since December 2002. He was until 2013 the founding Chairperson of the Board of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent funding agency that supports deeper and wider engagement in regional policy dialogue to overcome poverty. Mr Kadima also founded the Journal of African Elections.
A former banker in his native DR Congo, Mr Kadima has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and various U.N. departments, including as Director of the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division in South Sudan, and as Elections Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP Tunisia.
Molly McUsic, Board member
Molly McUsic is the President of the Wyss Foundation, a private, charitable foundation founded and financed by Hansjörg Wyss, dedicated to supporting practical and innovative solutions in areas from economic opportunity, women’s equality, conflict resolution, and land conservation.
Prior to joining the Wyss Foundation, she was Counsellor to Secretary Babbitt at the Department of the Interior, a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law; a visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Law Clerk for the Honourable Harry A. Blackmun, U. S. Supreme Court, and Law Clerk for the Honourable Dorothy W. Nelson, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Hansjörg Wyss, Board member
An exceptional and prolific philanthropist, Hansjörg Wyss has funded many initiatives promoting innovative methods to tackle important medical, conservational and humanitarian challenges on a global scale.
In addition to the PeaceNexus Foundation, Mr Wyss has established the Wyss Foundation, a charitable foundation through which he engages in strategic philanthropy to conserve nearly 14 million acres in the American West and Latin America; The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; and the recently founded Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, to name but a few.
Mr Wyss also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Synthes, Inc., a global manufacturer of medical devices, and is a founder and honorary member of the AO Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae.
Mr Wyss is presently an active member of the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Grand Canyon Trust, The Wilderness Society, and the Center for American Progress, and the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School.
Catriona Gourlay, Executive Director
As PeaceNexus’ Executive Director, Catriona guides the foundation’s overall strategic direction in collaboration with the board, oversees the foundation’s project management, and supports the development of each sector.
Before joining PeaceNexus, Catriona worked as an independent consultant, providing research, analysis and training to help organisations working in conflict-affected contexts. From 2005 to 2009 she was the Marie Curie Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), where she conducted projects on EU and UN crisis management and peacebuilding.
Previously, from 1995 to 2005, she was the (founding) Executive Director of the International Security Information Service, Europe, an independent research organization based in Brussels working on European conflict prevention, peacebuilding and security policy. She has written extensively on the development of civilian crisis management and peacebuilding capacities and policies, and has provided research support, training facilitation, and policy advice for the European Commission, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Development Programme, a number of EU Member States, and a range of Non-Governmental Organisations active in peacebuilding.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University (UK), a Masters in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (US) and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford (UK).
Peter Cross, Programme Manager – Government Sector
Peter is a conflict and rule of law practitioner with 20 years of experience working on conflict, peacebuilding, security and rule of law sector governance and transformation. Peter’s experience includes complex conflict and post-conflict environments in South Asia, East, West and Southern Africa. Peter has worked with think-tanks, NGOs, multilateral agencies – including the United Nations and the European Union – and in the private sector to deliver high-quality policy, analysis and programming at the regional, national and local level.As a programme designer, Peter has architected multi-year security and justice programmes for the UN in Somalia and Sierra Leone, and for the British Government in Kenya. He has also managed large programmes and lead multinational teams based in remote locations to deliver multi-million dollar budgets under difficult conditions. Peter has undertaken internal and external project reviews and evaluations. He has extensive experience in delivering programming, coordinating with other implementers, donor and recipient governments and multilateral agencies.
Peter only recently moved to Geneva with his wife, Tanja, and daughters Leilah and Maya. In his spare time he likes to explore the lesser travelled parts of the world on two wheels.
Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Programme Manager – NGOs
Carole works alongside her colleagues of the NGO Sector to support civil society organisations and NGOs in their organisational development processes.
Carole started her career in South Africa, at the Centre for Conflict Resolution as a facilitator and trainer. She then moved to Burundi to run the Women’s Peace Centre, created by international peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground (SFCG). After a stint at a private consulting group in Cape Town, she re-joined SFCG in 2002. As Director of Outreach & Training and, later, as Director of Institutional Learning and member of senior management, she supported its different field programs with training and expertise.
Upon leaving SFCG, Carole worked as an independent consultant and trainer for different organizations, such as the United States Institute for Peace.
After moving back to Switzerland with her family, Carole held the position of Africa Director at Geneva Call and Director of Operations for Justice Rapid Response (JRR), the latter as a seconded expert of the Swiss Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Carole holds a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies and a Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Geneva.
Sabine Granger, Administrator
As Administrator, Sabine has a multifaceted role. She is responsible for human resources, logistics, communications, overseeing finances, facility management, and liaising with board members. Sabine joined PeaceNexus in 2012, having previously worked for a financial services company.
She has extensive professional experience with NGOs, such as the WWF, and 12 years of experience working for various UN agencies in Geneva and Vienna, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Conference on Environment and Development and UN Framework Convention for Climate Change.
Sabine is a graduate of the European Academy for Higher Education in Administration and Management and speaks German, English, French and Spanish. Austrian by origin, she has lived in Switzerland for over twenty years.
Héloïse Heyer, Programme Manager- NGOs
Héloïse is responsible for co-managing the PeaceNexus grant-making facility and conducting research projects across programme areas.
After focusing for two years on peace and security issues at the community level in Central Asia, she then worked for major international NGOs and networks, including International Alert, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, and CARE. She has worked in various conflict-affected contexts, notably Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.
A firm believer in the need to build bridges across different sectors and actors to enable more effective peacebuilding, she has strong skills in facilitating conflict-related programming and research through inter-agency consortia and networks.
Héloïse holds a Master’s Degree from the European Inter-University Centre in Human Rights and Democratisation and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies.
Kristyna Jostova, Finance Assistant
Kristyna is responsible for the accountancy at PeaceNexus.
She supports the financial operations and provides the management with financial reporting. Previously, Kristyna has worked in a number of assistant roles in a variety of businesses in the Czech Republic and in Switzerland. Kristyna has also been an independent business woman.
Kristyna has a diploma from a Business School of Economics and a diploma in Swiss Accounting Standards.
Lisa Ibscher, Programme Manager – NGOs
As Fund Manager Lisa is responsible for PeaceNexus’ grant-making facility, including its conceptual development around organisational development and innovation. In this capacity, she supports non-government organisations in proposal development and project implementation.
Before joining PeaceNexus in 2012, Lisa worked as a Peacebuilding Adviser for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, assisting the government of South Sudan in establishing Councils of Traditional Leaders as platforms for dialogue and conflict transformation. Her previous peacebuilding experience includes Nepal (2007-2010, Civil Peace Service/giz), Sudan (2004-2005 Nuba Mountains Ceasefire Monitoring Mission) and Kosovo (2003 KFOR, NATO-led peacekeeping mission). Before that, Lisa Ibscher worked for several years as a journalist.
Lisa studied journalism and education. Her interest in the peacebuilding field led her to complete a postgraduate degree in Development and Cooperation (NADEL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and comprehensive training in mediation (Swiss Development Cooperation and Inmedio Institute).
Deborah Reymond, Programme Officer- NGOs
As Programme Officer, Deborah supports selected NGOs in West Africa and the Balkans in their organisational development processes.
Before joining PeaceNexus, Deborah worked for UNRWA in Brussels and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva. She also undertook field research in Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the French Development Agency.
Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute Geneva, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva.
Luc Lafrenière, Associate Consultant – Governments
Luc supports PeaceNexus’ sector programme for governmental and international agencies as Senior Associate Consultant.
Luc has accumulated over 20 years of working experience in the formulation, management and coordination of post-conflict and development programmes and strategies in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the South Pacific (working with UNDP, FAO, UNCDF, IFAD, CIDA, INGOs and WB). Through his field experiences in formulating and coordinating complex multi-partner, post-conflict interventions, he has acquired solid diplomatic and negotiation skills and strong client-oriented focus. His areas of expertise include reintegration, reconciliation, livelihoods and recovery.
Santiago Porto, Associate Consultant – Business
Santiago supports PeaceNexus as Associate Consultant in the business and peace sector. He identifies and develops the role of business as a positive contributor to in-country peacebuilding strategies and provides the business dimension to PeaceNexus´ work with other actors.
Santiago has direct experience working for the business sector as a corporate responsibility senior manager for the Vodafone Group (Newbury, UK), where he was in charge of reputation analysis and strategy for stakeholder engagement. His consultancy skills are related to the evaluation of corporate responsibility programmes and human rights impact assessments (Bolivia, Colombia, Madagascar, Peru, El Salvador) and to cross-sector partnerships in the mining, water and sanitation, and agricultural sectors (India, Madagascar, Venezuela).
His particular interest lies in fostering collaborative engagement with the private sector to advance human rights and inclusive development. He worked as programme director of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP) to set up a certification system for responsible gold and diamonds across the supply chain. He also managed numerous public-private partnership projects with the UNDP in Mozambique’s extractive industry with Business Partners for Development – Natural Resources Cluster (BPD) and with the Gates Foundation in global health initiatives.
Santiago holds an MSc in International Business and Economic Development from the University of Reading (UK) and a BA in European Business Studies from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux (France).
Frauke de Weijer, Associate Consultant – Governments
Frauke is an Associate Consultant to PeaceNexus in the field of conflict, fragility and resilience. She has over fifteen years of experience of working in and on fragile states. For many years, she served as an advisor to the Afghan ministries of Rural Development; Agriculture and Livestock; and Frontiers and Tribal Affairs, working on policy formulation, national development planning, institutional strengthening, and capacity development.
In 2011 she became an associate fellow at the Center for International Development (CID) at the Harvard Kennedy School, thinking and researching aspects of building capable states and capability traps. During this time she developed a particular interest in applying systems thinking to challenges of fragile states, which continues to infuse her thinking.
In recent years she turned to policy analysis and process facilitation for the European Center for Development Policy Management, where she monitored, analysed and if necessary criticised implicit and explicit thinking on how to enhance the resilience of fragile states.
Frauke de Weijer holds a MSc in Veterinary Medicine, a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Utrecht, and a MA in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Chinara Esengul, Regional Advisor - Governments in Kyrgyzstan
Chinara supports PeaceNexus as Regional Adviser on Central Asia. She has over ten years of experience in researching and advising on Central Asian peace and security issues. Before joining PeaceNexus she worked for the government of Kyrgyzstan as a deputy director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies developing policy briefs on security matters of Kyrgyzstan and beyond.
Chinara is associate professor at the Kyrgyz National University´s faculty of International Relations, completing her PhD in political sciences in 2014 (thesis topic – informal and formal political and social institutions of Central Asia and their impact on Central Asian regionalism). In recent years she has consulted various UN agencies and other international organizations on peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
Chinara Esengul holds a higher education diploma in International Relations from the Kyrgyz National University, a higher education diploma in Law from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and a MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan.