Matthias Stiefel

Founder and former President of Interpeace. A Swiss political scientist with 40 years of operational experience across five continents, Matthias has held senior executive positions in the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and academia. Between 1994-2005, Matthias created and directed the organisations that preceded and led to Interpeace: the UNRISD-PSIS War-torn Societies Project (WSP); the DPA-UNDP WSP Transition Program; and WSP International. Prior to this, Matthias worked as a senior staff member et advisor to the Swiss government and various international organisations including UNDP, UNPBC/PBSO, UNICEF et UNEP-ENVSEC. Today, Matthias is the Managing Director of a Swiss consultancy firm, Stiefel, Irvin & Associates SA, and of a Portuguese company, Andorinha Lda, which was established to restore and develop village life in Southern Portugal.

Kate Gilmore

Former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to joining OHCHR, Gilmore was Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Programmes with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International (2000-2010). National Director of Amnesty International Australia (1996-2000).

Marc Secretan

Swiss Certified Public Accountant and registered Audit Expert. Currently serves as an Audit Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) leading the Geneva office and overseeing a staff of more than 450 professionals. Mr. Secretan commenced his career with PwC in 2000, having received his Master’s degree in management from the University of Geneva.

In his current role, Mr. Secretan is responsible for reviewing and challenging the accuracy of financial records, ensuring compliance with the law, and enhancing financial and operational processes to optimize efficiencies and minimize risks. Throughout his career, Mr. Secretan has conducted audits and provided strategic and professional advisory services to prominent humanitarian and development organizations along different accounting standards.

Between 2018 and 2022, Mr. Secretan served as the Diversity and Inclusion Leader for PwC Switzerland, where he delivered innovative and creative solutions to address institutional challenges. A strong advocate for women's leadership in professional settings, he has held positions as advisor to the Boards of the Career Woman Forum and Women in Digital Switzerland. At present, he is also sa Board Member and Treasurer of The Climate Action Accelerator.

Mr. Secretan speaks French, English and German.

Elhadj As Sy

Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); decades of experience working in the humanitarian sector, including in senior positions at the United Nations Children’s agency (UNICEF), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Environment and Development Action in the Third World (Enda Tiers Monde).

Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Co-founder of the Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators. A retired professor of political science at the University of the Philippines. She chaired the Philippine government panel that negotiated and signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on 27 March 2014. Member of the United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts from January 2018-January 2021. Supported various undertakings to advance women and youth inclusion in mediation and peace processes.  Author of several books and journal articles on Philippine and Southeast Asian politics, armed conflicts, and peace processes.

Hind Kabawat

Deputy head of the Syrian Negotiation Commission’s Geneva Office, formerly known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). Participated in all eight rounds of the Geneva peace talks on Syria (2017). Director of Interfaith Peacebuilding at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC). Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (2015).