Our Governing Board

The International School of Geneva is a not-for-profit Foundation established under Swiss law. Its manner of governance is laid down in a Charter and Regulations approved by the Federal Department of Home affairs.

Our Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Foundation consists of twelve elected members and two members appointed by the Canton of Geneva. The Board also exercises its powers of co-option, for example by inviting the United Nations to nominate a representative.

Elected members are chosen by an electorate that consists of parents, members of staff, former members of staff, and former students. Votes are cast either by electronic ballot or at the Consultative General Assembly of the Foundation that is held each year in May.

The Board is the guardian of the School’s mission. This stewardship involves ensuring that the Foundation has a well-developed strategy which is aligned with this mission, responsive to external conditions and to the expectations of its stakeholders, is realistically costed and will ensure the organisation’s continued success; ensuring that the necessary structure, function, policy, controls and information are in place to enable the effective, secure and sustainable operation of the Foundation; accountability for the financial well-being of the school, including capital assets, operating budgets and fundraising.

Board committees

Much of the work of the Board is conducted through committees, most of which also include parent members of the Campus Advisory Bodies and members of the teaching staff.  These committees include an Executive Committee and committees responsible for Finance, Strategic Planning, Nominations (elections), Bursaries, and development.

Members 2021-2022

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Rebekah Thomas
Chairperson
Rebekah Thomas LLB, LLM, is a British national who has spent most of her career in the field of global...
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Rebekah Thomas LLB, LLM, is a British national who has spent most of her career in the field of global public health policy and programming, supporting the promotion of human rights and gender equality.

With a Masters in International humanitarian and human rights law, she missed a calling for the Sciences, and now provides support and oversight to normative work of a major international organisation, somewhere at the intersection between law and health.

Prior to this she worked for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS at both headquarters and regional level, and the Global Commission on International Migration, and has published a number of academic papers on transgender health and rights, migration and human rights and measuring human rights’ contribution to health. A regular peer reviewer, she serves on the Boards of the Ethics Committee and Bulletin of her employer, and the BMC International Health and Human Rights journal.

From the UK, she has been in Geneva since 2014 and has two children in Year 6 and Year 4 at Campus des Nations.

Rebekah has been elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period 2018-2022. She was elected Chair of the Governing Board in July 2020.

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Nicolas Winssinger
Vice-Chairperson
Nicolas Winssinger is professor at the university of Geneva in the department of organic chemistry. His research interests lie at...
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Nicolas Winssinger is professor at the university of Geneva in the department of organic chemistry. His research interests lie at the crossroad of molecular sciences and life science. Nicolas has received several awards for his scientific work. He also serves on the board of three scholarly scientific journals as well as the board of the Swiss Chemical Society. He has over 100 publications in scientific journals and is an inventor on 15 patents. He grew up in Europe (Brussels and Rome), obtained his bachelor from Tufts University and his PhD from Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Nicolas is married to Sofia who is Spanish and also works in research at the University of Geneva. They have two kids attending la Châtaigneraie.

Nicolas has been elected to the Governing Board for the period 2016-2020 and has been re-elected for the period of 2020-2021. He is the Vice-Chairperson of the Board and the president of the Strategic Planning Committee..

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Christopher Strebel
Treasurer
Christopher Strebel works for a major international organisation in Geneva where he leads the online content team and is the...
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Christopher Strebel works for a major international organisation in Geneva where he leads the online content team and is the Editor-in-Chief of the headquarters’ website. He currently is the business lead for the international roll-out of the organization’s new web software and is the communications focal point for the department of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Prior to this he worked in UNESCO’s education sector as the administrator of the IBE website and on improving ICTs in Education.  He was in charge of the training and communications for the GigaPan Project that combined web and robotic technology to connect schools around the world.

Christopher worked in web technologies in New York, consulting for a number of companies before moving into technology entrepreneurship and becoming a founding member and CIO of a start-up venture.

He is a citizen of Switzerland, South Africa and the United States.

Christopher and his partner both attended La Châtaigneraie and their daughter currently attends Campus des Nations. He is a graduate of Cornell University BA and New York University MS.

He has been elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period of 2018-2022. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Since September 2021, he is the Treasurer of the Governing Board.
 

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Chitra Subrahmanian
Secretary
Chitra Subrahmanian is a psychotherapist and educator living and working in the Geneva area since 2000. She is married with...
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Chitra Subrahmanian is a psychotherapist and educator living and working in the Geneva area since 2000. She is married with a daughter at La Châtaigneraie.

Born and raised in India, Chitra pursued higher education in the United States, earning a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, Indiana. 

She is fluent in English, Tamil, Hindi and German and conversant in French.

For the past fifteen years, she has taught Psychology and Counseling to undergraduates and graduates, respectively, at Webster University Geneva and also runs a private practice in Geneva, specializing in Psychotherapy for individuals, Couples and Families.

Chitra has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2016-2020 and she has been re-elected for the period of 2020-2024. She is the Secretary of the Governing Board and a member of the Nominations Committee.

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Hans Baritt
Board Member
Hans Baritt is an American citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2002. Hans is an experienced finance...
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Hans Baritt is an American citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2002.  

Hans is an experienced finance professional whose 20 year career has included management positions in public accounting, the automotive industry and the United Nations System. 

Hans began his career in Chicago in 1995 working for Arthur Andersen before moving to Chrysler and later to Mercedes-Benz Headquarters in Germany. In 2002 he took up a position in Finance at the World Health Organization and eventually became the Chief Accountant. Hans later served as the Chief Financial Officer of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).   In February 2018 he was appointed to his current position as the Controller and Director, Division of Financial Administration and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

Hans received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and later went on to graduate from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program in Vallendar, Germany.

He is married and has two young daughters in primary at La Grande Boissière.
Hans has been nominated as the representative of the United Nations in 2015 for an undefined mandate. He is a member of the Finance Committee.

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Nicolas Bindschedler
Board member
Nicolas Bindschedler is Deputy Secretary General of the Département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP)...
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Nicolas Bindschedler is Deputy Secretary General of the Département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva since 2018. As part of his mandate, he ensures the follow-up of files related to compulsory education. He is also the DIP delegate for inter-cantonal affairs. As such, he is a member of the Conference of Secretaries General of French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino (CIIP) and, within the framework of the CDIP, he sits on the Swiss Conference of Secretaries General of the Departments of Public Education.
 
Nicolas Bindschedler graduated with a teaching diploma from the l'Ecole normale cantonale de Fribourg in 1998. He then successfully completed a diploma in classical singing from the Haute école de musique de Genève in 2006. In 2011 he obtained an advanced degree in administration et gestion d'institutions de formation from the HEP Vaud, IDHEAP, IFFP and IUFE.
 
He is married and has 2 children who attend the Geneva public school.
 
Nicolas Bindschedler has taught for several years in primary schools before taking over the management of schools for 8 years. As a Director of the Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire (general management of compulsory education) between 2015 and 2018, he managed various strategic projects related to inclusive education.

He has been nominated by the Canton of Geneva as from September 2019.

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René Bujard
Board member
René is a Swiss citizen, born and raised in Geneva. Together with his British wife Fiona, they have lived in...
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René is a Swiss citizen, born and raised in Geneva. Together with his British wife Fiona, they have lived in Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK. They have two daughters who have studied at La Châtaigneraie, one of whom is now at Durham University in the UK and the other one obtained her IB in 2020.

Professionally, René is a Human Resources Director at Galderma SA for the Global R&D function. He also leads the global diversity & inclusion program for Galderma. Prior to that, he was the Global Human Resources Director for Oxfam International, a large non-governmental organization fighting poverty and inequality. He also had a 24-year career in Human Resources at Procter & Gamble, which he represented at the Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM) in Geneva between 1996 and 2002. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion to enable people to bring their full selves to work so that they “use all their energy to perform instead of wasting some to conform.”

René holds a Master degree in Commercial and Industrial Sciences from the University of Geneva. He also studied at a liberal arts college in the US and spent two years of his early P&G career in Cincinnati, USA. René has been elected to the Governing Board for the period 2019-2023.

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Olivier Delarue
Board member
Olivier Delarue is a French citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2001. He recently joined the UN...
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Olivier Delarue is a French citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2001. He recently joined the UN Migration Agency (IOM) to work on innovation in humanitarian contexts. Olivier is passionate about the intersection of innovation, private sector and philanthropy to tackle local and global challenges. Olivier is an intrapreneur and has a long history with the United Nations, which he joined in 1993. Born and raised in France, Olivier holds a Master’s degree in International Public Law and International Administration from the Pantheon-Assas Paris II University. He is married and has four boys, two currently attending La Châtaigneraie and two who graduated from La Châtaigneraie in 2018 and 2020 respectively. 

Olivier Delarue has been co-opted for a two-year mandate 2019-2021.
 

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Emanuela Dose Sarfatis
Board Member
As a certified lawyer, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis was in charge of the legal department of a private bank in Lausanne...
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As a certified lawyer, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis was in charge of the legal department of a private bank in Lausanne and served on the municipal council of her commune before starting to work for the State of Geneva in 1994.

Successively Deputy Director of the Economic Development Department and Deputy Director of the Economy, Research and Innovation Department, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis is currently Deputy Secretary General in the Department of Finance and Human Resources. More specifically, she is in charge of the Cantonal prosecution and bankruptcy offices, and is responsible for the promotion of equality and the fight against discrimination and domestic violence in collaboration with the Office for the promotion of equality and prevention of violence (BPEV).

As part of her role, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis has sat on the foundation boards and board of directors of several organisations that support the business sector and promote innovation [namely, Cautionnement romand, SIP West EPFL, Fondation d'aide aux entreprises (FAE), Fondation Eclosion, Fondation genevoise pour l'innovation technologique (FONGIT), Genilem, Office for the Promotion of Industry and Technology (OPI) and the Plateforme intercantonale d'innovation (Platinn)].

She currently sits on the boards of the Interprofessional Council for Training (CIF), Labour Market Supervisory Board (CSME), Tripartite Commission for the Economy and the Timelab Foundation.

Emanuela Dose Sarfatis has been a member of the Governing Board since 2009 as the representative of the Département de la sécurité et de l’économie (DSE). She is a member of the Commission d’Arbitrage.

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Inès Lamunière
Board Member
Inès Lamunière is a practising architect and professor. Born in Geneva, an Ecolint alumna, she studied architecture at the EPFL...
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Inès Lamunière is a practising architect and professor. Born in Geneva, an Ecolint alumna, she studied architecture at the EPFL and then at the Swiss Institute in Rome. Her architecture practice, based in Geneva, has accomplished a wide range of important buildings and projects. She has taught architectural design at ETHZ, EPFL and the GSD Harvard. Now Emeritus Professor at EPFL, she was Head of the department of Architecture from 2008-2011. Her projects and buildings are widely published. Recently, the book Teaching Architecture: A Dialogue sums up her thoughts on architecture, teaching and practice.

Inès Lamunière has been co-opted for a two-year mandate 2019-2021.
 

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Sébastien Lénelle
Board member
Sébastien Lénelle is a sociologist and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), he currently pursues an EMBA (IMD, 2022). In Geneva since...
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Sébastien Lénelle is a sociologist and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), he currently pursues an EMBA (IMD, 2022). In Geneva since 2010, he has spent his entire career in the social sector. He currently works in risk management at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Sébastien is Belgian, married to Lucie (Canadian) and father of three children (2012, 2014, 2016). He served on the Finance Committee of the Foundation between 2018 and 2020, as a parent representative and member of the Nations Campus Advisory Board. 

Elected to the Governing Board in 2020-2021 and relected for a 4-Year mandate (2021-2025).

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Andrea Lucard
Board member
Andrea Lucard is an American and British citizen resident in Geneva since 2006. Her two children, Gideon and Ulysses graduated...
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Andrea Lucard is an American and British citizen resident in Geneva since 2006. Her two children, Gideon and Ulysses graduated from La Grande Boissière in 2019 and 2017 respectively.
 
Andrea is the Executive Vice-President for Corporate Affairs at Medicines for Malaria Venture, a Swiss Foundation that discovers, develops and delivers high quality, low-cost malaria medicines for the malaria endemic world. From 2006-2010 she was the Director of Development for the International Baccalaureate Organization, and prior to that the Director of Development for Colorado College in the United States.
 
Her bachelor degree is in art history from Oberlin College, and her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing is from Warren Wilson College. 
 
Andrea was elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2019 – 2023.
 

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Jenny Moberg
Board member
Jenny is a British doctor, living in Geneva since 2018 with her Swedish husband and three sons, two of whom...
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Jenny is a British doctor, living in Geneva since 2018 with her Swedish husband and three sons, two of whom are at Campus des Nations. 

She is a public health physician and researcher. Having worked as a paediatrician and general practitioner in Mozambique and the UK, Jenny now works for the Global Health Unit of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She has degrees in genetics and medicine from the University of London and an MSc in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

With a research background in developing frameworks for transparent evidence-based health policymaking, Jenny works to make health research understandable and accessible to all. She has advised governments and the WHO on health decision-making processes. Her current research is on teaching health literacy and critical thinking to schoolchildren, tackling the problem of large volumes of easily available misinformation about health.

Committed to the rights of children with differences, Jenny volunteers with the Geneva-based NGO, All Special Kids (ASK), running their Parents’ support group, and on their Education and Advocacy Committee.

She is an IB graduate from United World College of the Atlantic.

She has been elected to the Governing Board for a 4-Year mandate (2021-2023).
 

 

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Jean-Paul Monchau
Board member
Jean-Paul Monchau is a French diplomat who has devoted his career to working for the Quai d’Orsay. After studying law...
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Jean-Paul Monchau is a French diplomat who has devoted his career to working for the Quai d’Orsay.
 
After studying law and obtaining a degree in public administration, he joined the French Foreign Ministry and was foreign official in Greece, Liberia and the United States.
 
Appointed ambassador in 2001, Jean-Paul Monchau has represented France in Zambia, Malawi, Costa Rica, Benin, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Prior to this, he was Consul in Geneva from 1988 to 1993, during which time his daughter Juliette was a student at La Grande Boissière and his wife Françoise taught on the same campus.
 
Now retired, Jean-Paul Monchau nonetheless maintains a keen interest in international relations, namely the Franco-Swiss one, and devotes part of his time to various regional and local activities. He is convinced that investing in education is the best safeguard for the future of individuals and peoples alike.

He has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2018-2022. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Marietta Muwanga-Ssevume
Marietta Muwanga-Ssevume
Board member
Marietta Senkatuka Muwanga-Ssevume has been living in Geneva since 2018 and is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of...
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Marietta Senkatuka Muwanga-Ssevume has been living in Geneva since 2018 and is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of IT at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), where she leads the digital transformation efforts of the organisation, and manages the IOM’s information management and information technology portfolio.
 
Prior to joining IOM, Marietta held leadership roles at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, for major UN initiatives including UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as ICT strategy and Transformation roles for the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Sudan and the DR Congo.
She is passionate about empowering and engaging young people especially girls and women and has spent the past twenty years working in post conflict locations to make a positive difference in the lives of communities by leveraging technology and innovation for development.
 
Born and raised in Uganda, Marietta holds a degree in Statistics and Applied Economics from Makerere University in Kampala and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economic and Political Science in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English, French and Luganda.
 
She is married and has three children who attend La Grande Boissière. She was elected to the Board of Ecolint for three years for the period 2019 2022.
 

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Véronique Neiss
Board member
Born in France, Véronique has lived in Paris, London, Brussels and now Geneva since 2015. An experienced international civil servant...
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Born in France, Véronique has lived in Paris, London, Brussels and now Geneva since 2015. 

An experienced international civil servant and architect, Véronique’s 20-year career includes leadership positions in the public sector such as the French government and International Organizations. 
Véronique began her career as Head of Construction at the Ministry of Agriculture in Paris. She later joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels as Senior Architect to monitor the new NATO Headquarter construction. In 2015, she was appointed to work as Chief of Design and Construction on the refurbishment of the Palais des Nations at the United Nations. She recently joined the Bank for International Settlements in Basel as Head of Real Estate and Facilities. 

Véronique qualified as an architect before continuing her studies with a PhD in sustainable urban planning. She currently sits on selection boards for international architecture competitions and for student certifications. 
Véronique was a mentor in the UN EMERGE programme, which helps women in their career. She is a fervent supporter of diversity and inclusion and strives to create working environments where people feel safe, connected and courageous. 

Married to Vanessa, together they raise their 9-year old son who is a student at La Grande Boissière. She was elected for a 4-Year mandate (2021-2025).
 

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Sandra Oakley
Board Member
Sandra Oakley arrived in Geneva in September 1976, to take up a teaching position at the Pregny-Rigot Campus of the...
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Sandra Oakley arrived in Geneva in September 1976, to take up a teaching position at the Pregny-Rigot Campus of the International School of Geneva. She had previously taught for 4 years in the UK and for 3 years at the British Embassy School in Budapest. 

She read history at University College London, and was subsequently awarded an M.Ed. from the University of Nottingham. 

Her teaching career at Pregny-Rigot (later part of Campus des Nations) continued until her retirement in 2011. From 2005-2011 she was also the Assistant Principal, undertaking a range of administrative responsibilities, including the evaluation of staff members.

Since her retirement, she has volunteered for ESCA CS, (formerly the English-Speaking Cancer Association) which supports cancer patients in Geneva and Vaud as well as in neighbouring areas of France. She has also relished the opportunity to travel as widely as possible.

Sandra Oakley has been nominated for a two-year mandate 2019-2021.
 

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David Rimer
Board member
David Rimer was born in Canada but grew up in Geneva. He spent 14 years as an Ecolint student at...
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David Rimer was born in Canada but grew up in Geneva.  He spent 14 years as an Ecolint student at La Grande Boissière from pre-school to the IB.  After majoring in Anthropology at Stanford University, he pursued a career in finance co-founding a venture capital firm focusing on technology and life sciences  - Index Ventures - and working there as a General Partner for 18 years.  

David left Index in 2013 to pursue a career in education.  He completed the PGCE program offered by Ecolint that same year and went on to teach History at LGB.  He taught in the high-school in French and English for 5 years and enjoyed it tremendously.  In June 2019, he decided to change professions once again in order to pursue a career in audiovisual production focusing on "content that matters". 
 
David has 2 children; a daughter who graduated from LGB in 2020 and a son who will graduate in 2023.  
He was elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period of 2020-2024. 
 

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Jamie Williamson
Board member
Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works as the Executive Director of...
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Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works as the Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers' Association, an international multi-stakeholder initiative, which regulates and monitors the activities of private security companies operating in complex and hostile environments worldwide.

Jamie Williamson previously served with the International Committee of the Red Cross, in numerous capacities, most recently, where, managing over 60 delegates worldwide, he was responsible for the strategic orientation and implementation of core ICRC programs, advising and training State and non-State arms carriers, including multinational forces and private military and security contractors, on International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Jamie Williamson worked also as the ICRC’s Legal Adviser for Common Law Countries in Geneva and Southern Africa, and, from 2008 to 2011, he was the ICRC Legal Adviser for the Washington D.C. Delegation, providing legal support for ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
Before joining the ICRC, Jamie Williamson was with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on the first international judgments on the crimes of genocide, at trial and appellate level. He has published numerous papers on repression of war crimes, international justice, and challenges to international humanitarian law in contemporary armed conflicts.

Jamie Williamson is on the Faculty of the Human Rights Academy at American University, Washington D.C. and was a Visiting Professor of Law at New England School of Law, in Boston.

He is married, and has one daughter, who attends Nations.

He was elected to the Board of Ecolint for four years (2017-2021) and he was coopted for a 2-Year mandate (2021-2023). He is the Chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

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Staff observers

Name School
Carine Lagacé La Châtaigneraie
Inal Uygur La Grande Boissière
Kathryn Concannon Campus des Nations

Management

Name Position
David Hawley Director General
Laurent Falvert Director of Finance and Administration