Governing Board

The Interpeace Governing Board 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 Board 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.


Monica McWilliams


United Kingdom

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

Martin Aked

Honorary Treasurer

United Kingdom

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

Agnes Abuom


Moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) since 2013. Director of the organization TAABCO Research and Development Consultants; former Africa president for the WCC (1999-2006). More than 40 years  of experience in the ecumenical movement, peacebuilding, gender and human rights.

Staffan De Mistura

Italy - Sweden

Former Under-Secretary and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria (2014 – 2018), Afghanistan (2010 – 2011), Iraq (2007 – 2009) and Lebanon (2001-2004); Director of the UN Information Centre in Rome; Director of Fundraising and External Relations of the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan; Senior posts with UNICEF.

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

Andrew Gilmour

United Kingdom

Former Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights OHCHR; Former Director for Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights affairs in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Former Representative of the Secretary-General in Belgrade; Former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General both in South Sudan and Iraq.

Cassam Uteem


President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-2002); Former Special Envoy of UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Electoral Observer Mission in Burundi (MENUB); Vice-President of the Club de Madrid; Board member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF); Member of the Africa Forum; President of ATD Fourth World

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)


Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Governing Board



Representative of the Host Government on the Governing Board

Martti Ahtisaari

Chair Emeritus and Special Adviser


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

John A. Kufuor

Chair Emeritus


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