Of Algerian origin, Dr. Abbas Aroua is a medical physicist. He is adjunct professor at the Lausanne Faculty of Medicine in Switzerland, where he has been living for more than 30 years, combining scientific expertise, engagement in public health and a rich citizen engagement. A strong advocate for human rights, peace and dialogue among cultures, Dr. Aroua is engaged in several non-profit initiatives. He has written many articles and books on public health and human development.
In 2002, he founded the "Fondation Cordoue de Genève" (FCG), now the Cordoba Peace Institute - Geneva (CPI), aiming at promoting the exchange between cultures and civilizations in the spirit of Cordoba; and fostering research and debate about peace, issues in the world. CPI is actively involved in research, training and intervention in the fields of conflict prevention and conflict transformation. It focuses on the Arab world and Islam in Europe.
Alistair Davison is a human resources consultant and chartered accountant who has spent most of his career in the private sector and in public-private partnerships, and has worked in businesses and on projects in North and West Africa and the Middle East.
Alistair has a M.A. in Arabic and Persian from the University of Cambridge, and taught languages at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London after graduating. Since his childhood in Iran, Alistair retains a deep interest in events and developments in the Muslim world and in its rich cultural heritage.
Alistair joined CPI in March 2014.
Amine holds a Diploma in Physics from the University of Algiers. He is a freelance web designer and a trained application developer from the Lutz&Grub Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany. He joined CPI at its foundation.
Lakhdar Ghettas holds a PhD degree in International History form the London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE, University of London. He holds an MA degree in American History, 2005, from the School of American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK. His MA dissertation: U.S. Options with the Prospect of a Nuclear Iran, won the Board of Examiners’ MA Dissertation Prize in 2005.
Prior to joining CPI he initiated the Maghreb Studies Initiative within the Africa Affairs Programme at the LSE IDEAS Centre for Diplomacy and Strategy (2008-2012), where he published several position papers and articles on the international affairs of North Africa and the Middle East. Besides, he presented papers and gave public talks at international conferences in the U.S. and U.K. such as the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), Alexandra, VA, and the 8th Annual Cold Ward Conference 2010 in Washington DC.
His main research interest and expertise areas include U.S-North African relations and history, democratisation and governance in North Africa, and political Islam. His recent publications include a chapter contribution: “Unrest in Algeria: The Window is Closing Fast”, in African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions, edited by Firoze Mani and Sokri Ekine, London: Fahamu Books & Pampazuka Press, 2011.
Charlotte Mounier holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, with a finance specialization, from the European Business School (EBS) Paris and a Masters in International Relations, with a focus on Middle Eastern Politics, from the Instituto de Empresa (IE University) Madrid.
She joined CPI in July 2016.
Abdoulaye Bâ holds a Masters degree in Human Rights and Peace from the University of Dakar. From 1987 to 1995 he worked as a journalist in Mauritania for several agencies and editorial offices. From 1995 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2014, he worked as Communication Assistant in charge of Public Relations at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mauritania, and concurrently taught Civil Liberties and Fundamental Rights at the Faculty of Law at the University of Nouakchott, while conducting research on conflicts in Africa, especially in the Sahel. Between 2007 and 2008, he served as Communications Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Mauritania and Spokesman for the President. Between August 2015 and April 2017, Abdoulaye was part of the African Union Observer Mission for Human Rights in Burundi, with the role of Deputy Coordinator. He has written a number of published articles on the situation in the Sahel and is co-author of the collective work entitled "Inter-Ethnic Relations in Mali", published in 2014 in Doha, Qatar.
Abdoulaye has worked as a consultant-researcher with CPI since 2012, on the themes of conflict in the Sahel, social cohesion and conflict transformation. In May 2017 he assumed the role of representative of CPI in the Sahel region and in the countries of the Lake Chad basin, and is based in Nouakchott.
Former team members
- Jonathan Bieler, Intern (2018)
- Zahra Burkhard, Intern (2019)
- Aude Cabau, Researcher (2009-2010)
- Cameron Casenhiser, Intern (2019)
- Charlene Chambron, Intern (2012)
- Sarah Franck, Project Officer (2015-2018)
- Holland Freeman, Intern (2019)
- Catherine Germond, Project Officer (2014-2017)
- Halim Grabus, Program Officer (2012-2013)
- Anne Grobet, Program Manager (2013-2015)
- Abir Guenoun, Intern (2014-2015)
- Patrick Haenni, Consultant for NAWAT programme (2010-2011)
- Mahdi Jahandar, Researcher (2007-2008)
- Aurelien Joly, Intern (2017)
- Mohamed Jeghllaly, Consultant for NAWAT programme (2012-2013)
- Nassim Kiamouche, Intern (2013-2014)
- Sabina Läderach, Program Manager (2010-2011)
- Florence Laufer, Program Manager (2011-2013)
- Abdelfattah Mady, Program Officer (2015-2017)
- Myriam Marcuello, Project Officer (2014-2015)
- Amera Markous, Intern (2018-2019)
- Sonja Meinen, Intern (2014)
- Aymen Nemer, Intern (2018)
- Carole Rozumek, Intern (2018-2019)
- Kheira Tarif, Project Officer (2015-2018)