Governance Structure

Governing Board

GCERF is a Swiss foundation with a Secretariat located in Geneva, Switzerland. Under its Statutes and Bylaws, its supreme governing body is a multi-stakeholder Board with representatives of the constituencies set out in the diagram below:


*and international organizations

Board Members

The current voting Board Members and Alternate Board Members of the Governing Board are set out below:
Australia, Japan, and New Zealand
Board Member: H.E. Mr Paul Foley, Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia 

Alternate Board Member: Mr Daisuke Namioka, Director, International Safety and Security Cooperation Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Board Member: H.E. Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, Senior Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Alternate Board Member: H.E. Mr M. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva

Canada and United Kingdom
Board Member: Ms Sue Breeze, Team Leader – Bilateral (Middle East & Asia),  International Counter Extremism Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

Alternate Board Member: Ms Michelle Cameron, Director, Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs, Global Affairs Canada

Civil Society
Board Member: Mr Fulco Van Deventer, Vice-Director, Human Security Collective

Alternate Board Member: Ms Selena Victor, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps Europe 

European Union and France
Board Member: Mr Olivier Luyckx, Head of Unit, Stability, Security, Development and Nuclear Safety, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission

Alternate Board Member: H.E. Ms Elisabeth Laurin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva 

Board Member: Mr Matthew Lawrence, Managing Director, Co-existence, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Alternate Board Member: Mr David Barth, Director, Youth Opportunity and Learning, Ford Foundation

Kenya (Horn of Africa, East and Southern Africa) 
Board Member: H.E. Dr Stephen Ndungu Karau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

Board Member: Vacant

Mali and Nigeria (West and Central Africa) 
Board Member: H.E. Mr Audu Ayinla Kadiri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Alternate Board Member: H.E. Mr Mamadou Henri Konate, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mali to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Policy, Think and Do Tanks
Board Member: Mr Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Hedayah

Alternate Board Member: Mr Eelco Kessels, Executive Director, Global Center on Cooperative Security

Private Sector
Board Member: Ms Jessica Long, Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, North America Lead, Accenture

Alternate Board Member: Mr Tam Robert Nguyen, Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel Corporation

Board Member: H.E. Dr Mutlaq Majed Al-Qahtani, Ambassador and Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation

Board Member: H.E. Mr Thomas Gass, Ambassador, Vice-Director and Head of the South Cooperation Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Alternate Board Member: Dr Daniel Frank, Deputy Coordinator for International Counter-Terrorism, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Tunisia (North Africa and Middle East) 
Board Member: H.E. Minister Hedi Mekni, President of the National Counter Terrorism Commission of Tunisia, and Secretary General of the Government

United States of America and the Netherlands
Board Member: H.E. Mr Nathan Sales, Ambassador and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Alternate Board Member: Vacant

Non-Voting Members
Chair: Ms Carol Bellamy

Executive Director: Dr Khalid Koser


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