Governing Council

The Interpeace Governing Council is the highest decision-making body of the organization 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.


John A. Kufuor



Former President of Ghana; former Chairperson of the African Union (AU); former Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Martin Aked

Honorary Treasurer

United Kingdom

Former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and former International Treasurer of Médecins Sans Frontières

Alan Doss

United Kingdom

Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation; Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; 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


Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Governing Council; Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support; former Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations

Monica McWilliams


Professor of Women’s Studies 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


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


Representative of the Host Government on the Governing Council; Head of Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Martti Ahtisaari

Chairman Emeritus and Special Advisor

Recipient of 2008 Nobel Peace Prize; former President of Finland; Chair of the Interpeace Governing Council from 2001 to 2009