The Foundation team carries out transversal work and brings together multiple skills. It is supported by actors of Lebanese civil society, members of various parliaments in Europe, Lebanese and international media, intellectuals, artists and activists from various backgrounds. This support ensures both transversality in the exchange of information, synergy between the various actions carried out on concordant projects, and awareness of the issues with the public and foreign authorities.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Bertrand dedicated his life to international and political relations for Switzerland. After being appointed as the ICRC delegate in the Middle East he was entrusted with the management of a refugee camp in Zambia. In 1985 Bertrand joined the UNHCR where he was in charge, for over 20 years, of many regional offices in Africa as well as of missions in Afghanistan, Tchad and Yugoslavia during the war. In between his missions he was appointed as the Swiss consul in Kigali, Rwanda and run the operation Salam with Prince Saddredine Agha Khan in Afghanistan, in cooperation with the United Nations.
HE Dieng is a well-acclaimed human rights expert and lecturer on issues relating to international humanitarian law and human rights law. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the draft African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. He acted as an independent expert for the United Nationals, UNITAR, the International Comitee of the Red Cross, the European Commission, the Center of the UN for human rights and the African commission for Human rightsIn 2012 he was appointed as the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and the special advisor to the UN Secretary General for the prevention of genocide.
Alain is an international human right lawyer. He was appointed as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the case of Charles Taylor. He also represented victims of human right abuses in Cambodia at the trial of Kaing Guek Eav (Duch), in Dakar at the trial of former President of Chad, Hissène Habré and most recently in Switzerland in the first criminal case for war crimes where he represented victims of the civil war in Liberia. Alain’s vision of the world is one where all forgotten victims of international crimes have access to fair and impartial justice mechanisms, and perpetrators are held accountable. He is the founder of Civitas Maxima, a leading NGO documenting war crimes and pursuing justice for the victims.
Jean Ziegler is a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris and former vice-president of the Advisory Committee to theUnited Nations Human Rights Council. He was previously Member of the Swiss Parliament for the Social Democrats from 1981 to 1999. He has also held several positions with the United Nations, especially as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2000 to 2008, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council from 2008 to 2012. Jean Ziegler has authored numerous works, is a lecturer, and is well known for this sentence: “A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child.” Prof Ziegler sits on the board of advisors.
Henri is a member of the advisory board. Henri Thulliez is a lawyer and member of the Paris bar, the Director of the Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique and sits as a member of the Human Rights Watch Justice Circle. Afer being appointed as the coordinator at Human Rights Watch of the Hissène Habré case and invited conference master at the University of Connecticut and Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, he founded PPLAAF, a Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa which seeks to defend whistleblowers, as well as strategically litigate and advocate on their behalf where their disclosures speak to the public interest of African citizens.
Prof Hajdukovich is a professor of quantum physics and astrophysics who is a worldwide reference for his unique work on quantum vaccum fluctuations, with a 25 year lasting work at CERN. He is known for his social and political activism defending human rights and environmental protection. He has run twice for presidential elections in Montenegro.
Walid graduated in 1991 from Ecole Centrale de Lyon. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Institut Français du Pétrole. After spending several years working for, among others, Electricité de France and ELF Aquitaine, he founded Tigris Capital Advisors, an international energy consultant advising clients on projects in the field of exploration and production development as well as renewable energy. From an early stage on, Walid was actively promoting social responsibility and the need for empowering local communities. He is an Aikido Master, 3rd Dan and a fervent believer that ”True victory is victory over the self.”
Zena is an internaitonal lawyer qualified as a Swiss attornery and as solicitor of England & Wales. After being appointed as a partner with one of the largest law firms in Switzerland, Zena trained as a war crimes investigator with the ICIH and was appointed as a board member of the Interpol Foundation. She focused her career on high level sensitive international cases which include the representation of whistleblowers, of victims of war crimes and the pursuit of accountability in corruption case. Her involvement in humanitarian missions on the grounds in Africa, Latin America and most recently in Lesbos lead to her increase her advocacy work with respect to the responsibility of the individuals to vote with their purchasing power.
Edgard is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a Masters degree from London University. He served as Managing Partner of KPMG Lebanon and has extensive experience in audit, advisory and forensic auditing in a wide range of industries. In 2017, he became the CEO of Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Lebanon. He is one of many in his community who served unselfishly during the hardest of times after the explosion of the port on the 4th of August 2020 and whose faith and devotion helped to rebuild the social fabric of the country.