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The Council of Foundation is the governing body of the GICHD. It defines the general orientation of the Centre, supervises its activities and decides on how to allocate its resources. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Barbara Haering, there are 23 members.

The Advisory Board provides advice to both the Council of Foundation and the management of the GICHD. It consists of a group of eminent persons being involved in mine action and humanitarian disarmament in various roles and organisations. The Advisory Board is chaired by the Director of the GICHD.

Council of Foundation

Dr Barbara Haering President

Dr Cornelio Sommaruga Honorary President



BUREAU OF THE COUNCIL

Dr Barbara Haering, President of the Council of Foundation, Geneva

Ambassador Michael Biontino, Secretary of the Council of Foundation, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament

Dr Robert Diethelm, Deputy Director International Relations Defence, Swiss Federal Department for Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

Ambassador Juan José Quintana Aranguren, Permanent Representative of Colombia in Geneva

Ambassador Urs Schmid, Treasurer of the Council of Foundation, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament

Ambassador Peter Woolcott, Permanent Representative of Australia in Geneva



MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

Afghanistan

Ambassador Nanguyalai Tarzi, Permament Representative of Afghanistan in Geneva

Albania

Ambassador Filloreta Kodra, Permanent Representative of Albania in Geneva

Australia

Ambassador Peter Woolcott, Permanent Representative of Australia in Geneva

Cambodia

H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Minister attached to the Prime Minister and Vice-Chair of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, Cambodia

Canada

Ambassador Elissa Golberg, Permanent Representative of Canada in Geneva

Colombia

Ambassador Juan José Quintana Aranguren, Permanent Representative of Colombia in Geneva

European Union

Mr Andras Kos, Head of Section, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Security, Permanent Mission of the European Union in Geneva

Finland

Ambassador Päivi Kairamo, Permanent Representative of Finland in Geneva

France

Ambassador Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel, Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament

Germany

Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament

Italy

Ambassador Vinicio Mati, Permanent Representative of Italy to the Conference on Disarmament

Japan

Ambassador Takashi Okada, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan in Geneva

Lebanon

Ambassador Najla Riachi Assaker, Permanent Representative of Lebanon in Geneva

Mozambique

Ambassador Pedro Comissàrio, Permanent Representative of Mozambique in Geneva

Netherlands

Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament

Senegal

Ambassador Fodé Seck, Permanent Representative of Senegal in Geneva

Sweden

Ambassador Jan Knutsson, Permanent Representative of Sweden in Geneva

Switzerland

Dr Robert Diethelm, Deputy Director International Relations Defence, Swiss Federal Department for Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

Ambassador Urs Schmid, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament

Tajikistan

Ambassador Jamshed Khamidov, Permanent Representative of Tajikistan in Geneva

United Nations Mine Action Service

Ms Agnès Marcaillou, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), New York

United States of America

The new Permanent Representative of the USA to the Conference on Disarmament has not yet arrived in Geneva, but he/she will be invited to join the Council

Vietnam

Ambassador Trung Thanh Nguyen, Permanant Representative of Vietnam in Geneva

Advisory Board

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Havard Bach, Senior Adviser, Norwegian People's Aid (NPA)

Arianna Calza Bini, Director, Gender and Mine Action Programme Association (GMAP)

Kerry Brinkert, Director, Implementation Support Unit of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Carl Case, Director, Humanitarian Mine Action, Organization of American States (OAS)

Elisabeth Decrey Warner, President, Geneva Call

Gilles Delecourt, Director Mines Department, Handicap International Federation

Bruno Donat, Chief of UNMAS Geneva Office, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Mark Downes, Head of International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), and Assistant Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

Hansjoerg Eberle, Director General, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD)

Judy Grayson, Senior Advisor, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Keith Krause, Director Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Ben Lark, Head of ERW/Mine Action Sector, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Dorijan Maršič, Director, ITF Enhancing Human Security, Slovenia

Dave McDonnell, Vice President, Director Mine Action, Olive Group

Marie Mills, Mine Action Advisor, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Chris Pearce, Director Ordnance Management, G4S Risk Management Ltd.

Klaus Ljørring Pedersen, Head of Danish Demining Group (DDG), Danish Refugee Council

Heng Rattana, Director General, Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC)

Nick Roseveare, Executive Director, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Rashid Mohammed Sediq, Chief of Operations, Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA)

Sara Sekkenes, Adviser Partnerships, UNDP-BCPR Geneva Liaison Office

Guy Willoughby, Chief Executive, HALO Trust


ADVISORY BOARD TERMS OF REFERENCE

Mission

In 1999, the Council of Foundation decided to establish an Advisory Board according to Articles 19 and 20 of the Statutes. The composition and the level of engagement have changed over the years, but the core idea has remained the same: the Advisory Board should provide the views and perspectives, knowledge and actual needs of practitioners and senior staff of mine action programmes and actors, thus contributing to the relevance of GICHD work.

Composition and status

  1. The Advisory Board will consist of up to twenty members who should be active in and/or closely linked to the mine action sector.
  2. The composition should take into account gender and diversity. At least one member should provide specific gender and diversity knowledge and experience in the development and application of diversity-sensitive policies.
  3. The members of the Advisory Board will be invited to join the Advisory Board by the Director of the GICHD.
  4. The Director of the GICHD can invite additional individuals for specific meetings, on an ad-hoc basis.
  5. The members will participate in their personal capacities and, as such, will not represent their governments or organisations.
  6. If a member is not able to attend an Advisory Board meeting, he can suggest a replacement for that particular meeting.
  7. The members will participate on a voluntary basis and have no legal status or responsibility.
  8. The term of individual membership will be four years. For special reasons, it can be extended once for two years. In specific cases like representatives of the UN, the term may cover the period of their official function.
  9. The Advisory Board shall ensure that an appropriate presence of members from mine action programmes, international and non-governmental organisations, and commercial companies is achieved.
  10. The GICHD may refund expenses for attending an Advisory Board meeting, provided that members are not able to bear such costs by themselves.

Organisation

  1. The Advisory Board shall meet at least once a year, preferably in Geneva on the margins of important mine action meetings.
  2. The agenda of its meetings will be prepared by the Director of the GICHD; the members of the Advisory Board may propose agenda items.
  3. The Advisory Board will be chaired by the Director of the GICHD or his Deputy.
  4. The minutes of the meetings will be circulated to the members of the Advisory Board.

Activities

  1. Review the GICHD Strategy, programme strategies, the annual Work Plans, terms of reference for evaluations of GICHD activities, and other important documents which guide the operational work of the GICHD.
  2. Provide feedback on GICHD work from the field and the mine action community.
  3. Advise on need for and means of disseminating GICHD knowledge.
  4. Advise on trends and new areas of work in the field of mine action and humanitarian disarmament.
  5. Advise the Council of Foundation if required on any mine action and GICHD related matter.



Geneva, 16 December 2009