Governance

Supporting Local Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism

GCERF works with civil society groups and NGOs who are trusted in their communities. To address violent extremism, we need to understand its appeal and ask those most susceptible to recruitment what assistance they need. GCERF brings global resources to this effort.

Leadership

Leadership

Stefano Manservisi

Governing Board

Stefano Manservisi is the Chair of the Governing Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. He currently also serves as Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni.

Stefano has had a long and distinguished career as a top political adviser dealing with development policies and multilateral institutions.

Stefano has served in the European Commission as Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), where he led efforts to reshape EU development policy, deliver the Millennium Development Goals and work towards realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to that he was Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President. He has also served as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, the EU Ambassador to Turkey, and headed the Private Office of the European Commission’s President Romano Prodi.

A lawyer by training, Stefano enjoys teaching and has been a visiting professor at various universities and research centres, as well as advising UN agencies and other multilateral institutions.

Governing Board

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

Governing Board

Donor Countries

Australia, Japan and New Zealand

H.E. Ms Cecile Hillyer
Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism and Head, International Security and Disarmament Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Alternate: Mr Peter Scott

Acting Assistant Secretary, Counter-Terrorism Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, Canberra

Canada and United Kingdom

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: Ms Christine Constantin

Director, Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs (ICC), Global Affairs Canada

European Union, France, Denmark and Italy

Mr Jesper Steen Pedersen
Head of Unit a.i, FPI.1 –Peace and Stability – Global Threats, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), European Commission

Alternate: 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

Qatar

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

Switzerland

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: Dr Daniel Frank

Deputy Coordinator for International Counter-Terrorism, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

United States of America, the Netherlands, Norway and Germany

To be confirmed
Ambassador and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Alternate: Ms Naomi Yorks

Deputy Head of Section, Counterterrorism & National Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Hague

Partner Countries

Kenya

H.E. Dr Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu
Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso

Ambassador Tunde Mukaila Mustapha
Chargé d'affaires a.i., Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Alternate: H.E. Mr Mamadou Henri Konate

Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mali to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Kosovo and North Macedonia

Mr Lulzim Fushtica
Political Advisor, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Pristina

Alternate: Mr Borce Petrevski

National CVE/CT Coordinator of North Macedonia, Skopje

Bangladesh

H.E. Mr Masud Bin Momen
Ambassador and Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Alternate: H.E. Mr Md. Mustafizur Rahman

Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Tunisia and the Philippines

Mr Mounir Ksiksi
Head of the National Counter Terrorism Commission of the Republic of Tunisia, Tunis

Alternate: 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

Non-Governmental Members

CIVIL Society

Mr Fulco Van Deventer
Vice-Director, Human Security Collective, The Hague​

Alternate: Ms Selena Victor

Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps Europe

Policy, Think and Do Tanks

Vacant

Alternate: Mr Eelco Kessels

Executive Director, Global Center on Cooperative Security

Foundations

Dr Emman El-Badawy
Head of Research - Co-existence, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Alternate: Vacant

Private Sector

Ms Jessica Long
CSO & Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners

Alternate: Mr Anthony Carroll

Founding Director, Acorus Capital; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Non-Voting Members

Chair

Mr Stefano Manservisi

Executive Director

Dr Khalid Koser

Trustee

Currently Vacant

Recent Decisions

The GCERF Governing Board has approved two new partner countries, Albania and North Macedonia. This cements our regional strategy in the Western Balkans where GCERF is set to launch an initiative on returning foreign terrorist fighters.

The board has also improved a Country Strategy for Investment in Somalia, where GCERF will focus on addressing the socioeconomic drivers of violent extremism in Jubaland.

Integrity Line

GCERF has a duty to ensure that the funds that it has received and made available to other organisations or contractors are managed appropriately. GCERF has zero tolerance for any form of corruption, fraud, or ethical misconduct.
GCERF encourages you to report any wrong-doing to our Integrity Line. Handled by a third-party called Ethics Point, the Integrity Line is set up to receive your information securely and confidentially.

Governance and Ethics Committee

The Governance and Ethics Committee is responsible for overseeing governance arrangements and ethical standards defined by the GCERF’s Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest, and consists of the following members:

Daniel Frank (Chair)

Deputy Coordinator for International Counter-Terrorism, Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Alternate Board Member, Switzerland_

Anthony Carroll

Founding Director, Acorus Capital; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Ram Kamineni

Director, Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs, Global Affairs Canada

Geir Michalsen

Senior Advisor, Section for Global Security and Disarmament, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a constituency member for the USA, the Netherlands and Norway constituency

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

Selena Victor

Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps Europe, and Alternate Board Member, Civil Society constituency

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing and advising on matters related to finance such as financial risk and policy, financial planning, monitoring, and financial performance; audit; risk management and internal control, as well as human resources policies and frameworks. It consists of the following members:

Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu (Chair)

Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva; Board Member, Kenya

Craig Bennett

Acting Divisional Manager for the Audit and Risk Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a constituency member for Australia, Japan and New Zealand constituency

Derek Müller

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and a constituency member for Switzerland