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: Japan

Alternate Board Member: H.E. Mr Paul Foley, Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia

Board Member: H.E. Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, 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, Stable World Team (Freedom of Religion/Post-Holocaust), Human Rights & Democracy Department, Multilateral Policy Directorate, 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
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: France

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

Board Member: Vacant

Mali and Kenya
Board Member: H.E. Ms Aya Thiam-Diallo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mali to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva

Alternate 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: H.E. Ms Nonye Udo, Ambassador Director, Second United Nations Division, International Organisations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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:

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

United States of America and the Netherlands
Board Member: United States of America

Alternate Board Member: H.E. Mr Alle Dorhout, Ambassador and Special Counterterrorism Envoy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Beneficiary Country
Board Member: Vacant

Non-Voting Members
Chair: Ms Carol Bellamy

Executive Director: Dr Khalid Koser


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