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: Mr Chitaru Shimizu, Director, International Safety and Security Cooperation Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 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, Senior Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Canada and United Kingdom
Board Member: H.E. Ms Miriam Shearman, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

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, France and Denmark
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: Mr Adrien Frier, Head of the Suppression of Terrorism and Organized Crime Department, Strategic, Security and Disarmament Directorate, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France

Board Member: Mr Matthew Lawrence, Executive Director, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

 Board Member: H.E. Dr Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

Board Member: Mr Fatos Makolli, National CVE Coordinator of the Republic of Kosovo

Mali and Nigeria 
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: vacant

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 Tony Carroll, Founding Director, Acorus Capital; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. 

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 and the Philippines 
Board Member: Mr Mokhtar Ben Nasr , President of the National Counter Terrorism Commission of Tunisia

Alternate Board Member: Mr Alexander Macario, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security, Department of the Interior and Local Government of the Republic of the Philippines

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

Alternate Board Member: Mr Huib Mijnarends, Head Counterterrorism & National Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Non-Voting Members
Chair: Ms Carol Bellamy

Executive Director: Dr Khalid Koser


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