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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, it comprises 25 members. The term of office of a member is four years, renewable. 

The Advisory Board provides advice to both the Council of Foundation and the management of the GICHD. It is a group of eminent persons involved in mine action and human security in various roles and organisations, chaired by the Director of the GICHD. The term of individual membership is four years.

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, Swiss Federal Department for Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

Ambassador Beatrix Londoño Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia in Geneva

Ambassador Sabrina Dallafior, Treasurer of the Council of Foundation, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament

Ambassador John Quinn, Permanent Representative of Australia in Geneva



MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

Afghanistan

Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Permament Representative of Afghanistan in Geneva

Albania

Ambassador Filloreta Kodra, Permanent Representative of Albania in Geneva

Austria

Major General Dr. Johann Frank, Director, Directorate for Security Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports

Australia

Ambassador John Quinn, Permanent Representative of Australia in Geneva

Cambodia

Ambassador Ney Samol, Permanent Representative of Cambodia in Geneva

Canada

Ambassador Rosemary McCarney, Permanent Representative of Canada in Geneva

Colombia

Ambassador Beatrix Londoño Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia in Geneva

European Union

Ms Anne Kemppainen, Head of Section, Permanent Delegation of the European Union in Geneva

Finland

Ambassador Terhi Hakala, Permanent Representative of Finland in Geneva

France

Ambassador Alice Guitton, 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 Mitsuko Shino, 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 Coly Seck, Permanent Representative of Senegal in Geneva

Sweden

Ambassador Veronika Bard, 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 Sabrina Dallafior, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament

Tajikistan

Ambassador Jamshed Khamidov, Permanent Representative of Tajikistan in Geneva

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ambassador Matthew Rowland, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Conference on Disarmament

United Nations Mine Action Service

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

United States of America

Ambassador Robert Wood, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Conference on Disarmament

Vietnam

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, Permanant Representative of Vietnam in Geneva

Advisory Board

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Mr Håvard Bach, Head of Mine Action, APOPO Mine Action Programme

Mr Eric Berman, Programme Director, Small Arms Survey

Ambassador Damjan Bergant, Director, ITF Enhancing Human Security, Slovenia

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

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

Mr James Cowen, Chief Executive, The Halo Trust

Ms Katherine Kramer, Advisor, Geneva Call

Mr Emmanuel Sauvage, Head of Armed Violence Reduction Technical Unit, Handicap International

Dr Heiner Hanggi, Deputy Director and Head of Policy, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF)

Ms Sarah Marshall, Chief of Geneva Office, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Ambassador Christian Dussey, Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Ambassador Jürg Streuli, President Fondation Suisse de Déminage (FSD)

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

Mr Roger N. Fasth, Operations Manager, Danish Demining Group (DDG)

Mr Rashid Khalikov, Director of Geneva Office, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

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

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

Ms Sheila Mweemba, Director, Implementation Support Unit of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Mr Heng Ratana, Director General, Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC)

Dr Jane Cocking, Chief Executive Officer, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Mr Hans Risser, Head of Operations, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

Mr Juan Carlos Ruan, Director, Implementation Support Unit of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Mr Olaf Juergensen, Advisor, UNDP

Mr Erik Tollefsen, Head of the Weapon Contamination Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


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