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Governing Council

The Interpeace Governing Council is the highest decision making body and plays a key role in defining Interpeace’s overall strategy. It is the legal authority that is responsible for the organization.  

The Governing Council is chaired by former President of Ghana, John A. Kufuor, and is made up of prominent individuals from the government, international, and business sectors. There is also a seat for the host government, Switzerland, and a designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General.

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John A. Kufuor (Ghana)
Chairman
Former President of Ghana; former President of the African Union
Matthias Stiefel (Switzerland)
Vice Chairman
Founder and former President of Interpeace
Martin Aked (United Kingdom)
Honorary Treasurer
Former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and former International Treasurer of Médecins Sans Frontières
Alan Doss (United Kingdom)
Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Senior Political Advisor at the Kofi Annan Foundation; former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Liberia
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco (Argentina)
Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Governing Council; Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations
Monica McWilliams (Ireland)
Professor of Women’s Studies and Associate Researcher with the Transnational Justice Institute at the University of Ulster; former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly until 2003 and contributor to the peace negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement; co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party
Necla Tschirgi (Turkey)
Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego; former Senior Policy Advisor to the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations Secretariat; former Vice President of the International Peace Academy; former Team Leader of the Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Programme at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Claude Wild (Switzerland)
Representative of the Host Government on the Governing Council; Head of Human Security Division (Peace, Human Rights, Humanitarian Policy, Migration), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Martti Ahtisaari (Finland)
Chairman Emeritus and Special Advisor
Former President of Finland; Recipient of 2008 Nobel Peace Prize; Recipient of UNESCO Peace Prize; former Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the final status of Kosovo; Chief Negotiator of Aceh (Indonesia) peace process; Monitor of IRA decommissioning (Northern Ireland)

Special Advisor

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari (Finland)
Chairman Emeritus and Special Advisor
Former President of Finland; Recipient of 2008 Nobel Peace Prize; Recipient of UNESCO Peace Prize; former Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the final status of Kosovo; Chief Negotiator of Aceh (Indonesia) peace process; Monitor of IRA decommissioning (Northern Ireland)

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