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Fight for Humanity, Geneva Switzerland

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Our committee

Ruxandra Stoicescu, President

 

She is an independent media producer and academic researcher in the field of international relations. After completing her thesis at the Graduate Institute in Political Science in 2009 she has sought to combine her two major interests – communication through media and research – by covering mandates in these two broad areas. The results have been several long term research – based collaborations in the field of disarmament (Small Arms Survey) and vulnerable groups advocacy (indigenous people and other organisations) as well as communication projects, amongst which writing a blog on the dedicated Le Temps platform (Le fin mot de l'histoire), podcast production, and working with university students on media production projects related to their research in international relations.

 

She currently holds a part-time position as communication coordinator in a Geneva - based agency that funds research projects in international studies. Ruxandra is also involved in several associative projects at the local Geneva level, activities which have brought a solid experience in representing and understanding the needs of an association.

The presidency of Fight for Humanity is both an honour and an arduous task, as the founding team has invested its energy and experience to bring into existence an organisation which seeks to address in a sustainable manner needs that are not always adequately tackled.

Vicken Cheterian, Secretary

 

Vicken Cheterian is a university lecturer, author and practitioner. He currently teaches history and international relations at the University of Geneva, and at Webster University Geneva.

He has worked as a journalist, covering violent conflicts in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and North Africa. He has also initiated conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects based on media trainings addressing journalists from across conflict lines, which he appled in the Caucasus, in Ferghana Valley region (Central Asia), and North Africa. He has consulted several governmental agencies, international organizations and NGOs, including Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, OSCE, World Bank, ICC, and several UN agencies.

 

He has published widely in main stream media such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, al-Hayat, as well as in accademic journals, such as Survival, Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Central Asian Survey, etc. He is the author of War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia’s Troubled Frontier (Hurst and Columbia University Press), and his latest book Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide (Hurst and Oxford University Press) has been translated to Arabic and Turkish.

Marc Bonnet, Treasurer

 

Marc Bonnet works for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining since April 2015 as Head of the Operational Efficiency Division. 

Prior to joining the GICHD, Marc Bonnet was Programme Manager of the United Nations Mine Action (UNMAS) office in Colombia. Marc Bonnet is a past Director of Handicap International  and Norwegian People Aid running development and humanitarian mine action programmes in India, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Other roles have included Senior Technical Advisor for Mine Action at the UNDP in Angola, Country Director for Fondation Suisse de Deminage in Sri Lanka and Programme Manager for UNMAS/DPKO/UNIFIL in South Lebanon and Colombia.

Marc Bonnet has extensive experience in international cooperation with national authorities and non-governmental organizations in conflict, post conflict and development contexts. He has worked in all aspects of programme and project management, policy development and strategic planning, rehabilitation, socio economic reinsertion and victim assistance, demining operations and land release related issues.

Marc Bonnet holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law and diplomas in Management and Psychology all from Aix-Marseille University in France.