WHO WE ARE
What is our goal in the long run?
We strive to make the world a better place by clearing explosive remnants of war that threaten the civilian population in many countries. We are indulge in accident prevention by providing explosive risk education, and we help mine victims on an individual basis. FSD is also providing humanitarian services by dealing with industrial toxic and radioactive pollution and by helping to re-establish security as a basis for humanitarian work.
Let’s end the scourge of landmines!
Management team in Geneva
Hansjörg Eberle studied business management in St. Gall. He worked for 6 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross in war-stricken countries before joining ICRC’s headquarter for 7 years. His last position was Director of Finance and IT. He is a co-founder of the original Fédération Suisse de Déminage created in 1997 and served as FSD’s Vice-President before becoming FSD’s Director in 2001, a post he has held ever since. He set up FSD’s Manila accounting office in 2006. Hansjörg is the Director of Crosstech SA. He is also the founder and President of Association FSD France. Throughout his career Hansjörg has been involved in the set-up and management of start-up NGOs and companies in various fields.
BENEDIKT TRUNIGERDeputy Director
Benedikt Truniger is an economist FHS from St. Gallen, Switzerland. His experience was in international consumer good marketing before starting a 16-year career in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with 10 years in the field and 6 years of senior management positions in its HQ in Geneva. On behalf of the Directorate, he coordinated as last task a large, institutional change project. From 2002 - 2005 he developed an HR company in Geneva, focusing on employability of senior managers. Since 2003, he is a member of the FSD management team, currently concentrating on FSD’s back-office in Manila, Philippines, management of the FSD self-insurance scheme and the HR function.
MATTHEW WILSONHead of Operations
Matt Wilson served as an Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) in the British Army for twelve years. He retired in 2008 having served numerous international tours in Explosive Ordnance Disposal roles. He then worked in the commercial sector for the delivery of Improvised Explosive Device Disposal training, C-IED training and post bomb scene forensics. Matt started working with FSD in Geneva for FSD in 2012 after six months in Libya running an ammunition inventory and survey project for Crosstech/FSD. As Head of Operations he is responsible for successful delivery of donor and programme objectives, new operations and programme development, safety and operational procedures, quality assurance and compliance to donor procedures and support to donor relations.
Deputy Head of Operations
Alex van Roy spent 17 years in the Australian Army as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers retiring in 1999. He has been working in Humanitarian Mine Action since 1999 with NGOs, commercial demining companies and the United Nations. Alex began working for FSD in 2000 in Albania and has since been involved in FSD projects in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Alex has also worked as a Wilderness Guide and a Survival Instructor in the USA. He is also qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician and is a commercially rated Professional Yachtmaster. Since 2018, he oversees a number of country operations in Africa and Asia.
Members of the Foundation Board
JÜRG STREULIPresident of the Foundation Board
Dr. Jürg Streuli joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland in 1973 and was subsequently posted as Swiss Ambassador to Cameroun, Singapore, Lebanon, Denmark as well as Ambassador to Geneva Disarmament from 2004 through 2009. In this function he headed the Swiss Delegation to the inter-sessionals and meetings of the Mine Ban Treaty and numerous other international conferences. He was the President of the 2006 Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty. Jürg has been President of the FSD Board since 2012.
HENRI LEUformer President of the Board, Founding Member
Henri Leu was a lawyer in before being elected as Judge at the Court of Protection of the Adult and the Child (TPAE). Henri co-founded FSD together with friends in July 1997 and oversaw the transition of the original Association into a Foundation in 2003. He was initially Vice-president of the Board, then presided FSD’s Board from 1999 to 2012. Henri founded and participated as a board member in the creation and management of various other NGOs, notably in the field of mutual assistance and the the reintegration of young persons in difficulty.
MICHEL ROCHBoard Member
Dr. Michel Roch holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. He is a Consultant in Management and Change Management linked to the modifications of information systems. He is a specialist for relational data bases and data mining He has been consulting with many international companies and organisation in Switzerland. Michel has been instrumental in promoting IT reform with the State of Geneva. He has consulted with the ICRC in order to define the roles of the board and senior management. Michel has been a member of the foundation board since 2006.
STÉPHANE FELDERBoard Member
After obtaining his law degree, Stéphane Felder became a member of the bar in 1988. He has has been working as an independent lawyer in Geneva since 1989. Stéphane worked internationally from 1982 to 1986 and from 1992 to 1996 for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was notably an ICRC delegate to missions in El Salvador, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Peru. He has been a member of the foundation board since 2008.
WALTER GYGERBoard Member
GIL MOTTETBoard Member
Gil Mottet is a finance and communications specialist. After having acquired a degree in socio-economics specialising in controlling and banking, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Communication and Management at the University of St. Gallen and Neuchâtel in Switzerland. In the early stages of his career, Gil worked on various humanitarian NGO assignments in Africa. Gil has held senior management positions in real-estate, communication and advertising, private banking and IT systems for the banking sector. Gil has been a member of the FSD Foundation Council since 2009.
THOMAS KODIAKBoard Member
Tom Kodiak has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters Degree in International Management (MIM) and lives in Washington D.C. He is the Alternate Representative for the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States within the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He was previously a Strategy and Resource Coordinator for the Political Military Bureau and a Security Sector Assistance Officer for the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources (F). Before that we was Grants Officer at the US Department of State. He has been a member of the board of FSD since 2017.
NAWAL AÏT-HOCINEBoard Member
Nawal Aït-Hocine is a Sustainability, Legal & Compliance Advisor in Geneva. Her expertise is in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Strategy Development. Nawal has a PHD in Business & International Economic Law, a Master’s degree in Business Law and one in Business Economics. She is now Managing Director of Transparence SA. Previously, she was the Corporate Responsibility Director for Cartier International SA, Head of Legal and Compliance of Metalor Technologies SA as well as Head of Compliance EMEA for Reuters SA. Nawal has joined the FSD Board in 2018.
Management and Support team in Manila, Philippines
(Sitting) FROM LEFT: Jaydee Camposano, Philippe Joseph Lalwet, Marvin Dumogdog, Ginamay Awakan, Victoria Bueno, Arlene Calalo, Ginalyn Antiguo, Clara Borres, Jaycar Peralta
(Standing) FROM LEFT: Jhon Pearry Mayugba, Edmon Malitao, Quenica Joyce Amosig, Rizalina Rabadon, Karen Marie Donato, Maricon Queddeng, Christine Jane Lopez, Mary Joy Constantino, Lorna Andin, Kayla Michell Paclay, Janels Ferrolino, Cherry Mae Moradillo, Liana Shane Busalpa, Jomarrey Labrague, Margarito Cinco Jr., Arnulfo Canoy Jr., Ron Lester Camposano, Mary Jane Fabul, Maricar Hontiveros, Kishalyn Dapdapig, Ryan Jay Cajucom, Marie Jo Abella
Programme Managers in the field
ANTHONY THOMAS FISHProgramme Manager for Mindanao
Tony Fish is a former British Army Ammunition Technician. Since leaving the Army in 1996, he has worked continuously in Mine Action and Disaster Management programmes in several countries including Iran, Iraq, Laos, Libya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Sudan. He has worked in most roles in Mine Action, from Deminer through to Programme Manager, as both an operator and instructor. Tony currently is programme manager in Mindanao, Philippines.
EUGENIO BALSINIProgramme Manager for Chad
Eugenio Balsini worked for 14 years in Italy as private veterinarian in the meat and milk production chain. He started the international career in 1998 in Albania with several INGOs and Governmental Institutions, covering mostly technical advisory roles. He has been working the Balkan, passing progressively from programs’ management to country coordination positions. He currently is programme manager in Chad.
MICHAEL BARRYProgramme Manager for Ukraine
Mike spent 9 years in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Engineers. Mike is APMP qualified and a graduate of University College, Durham. Specialising in Bomb Disposal, he deployed on operations to Afghanistan and Libya and oversaw several clearance tasks in Kenya and Belize. After leaving the Army, he spent some time with the OSCE in Ukraine, before joining FSD in November 2015. He currently is programme manager in Ukraine.
CARLOS AFONSOProgramme Manager for Colombia
Carlos Afonso has worked in some of the most sizeable and complex humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. He has worked with various International NGOs and the ICRC, and later as Technical Advisor for the ECHO, Carlos’ work experience covers Food/Economic Security, Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction. Since 2017 he has been working as programme manager of FSD in Colombia.
DR. DIN MOHAMMAD NICKHWAHProgramme Manager for Tajikistan and Afghanistan
Dr. Din Mohammad Nickhwah, has worked first as medical doctor for the Afghan Ministry of Health as a responsible for OPD clinics and other public health activities. More than 20 years, he then started his career in mine action, first as medical doctor and later as camp, then location and area manager for weapons and ammunition disposal. Dr. Din has been working for FSD since 2009, first as project manager and currently as programme manager for Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
ELISABETH MARTYProgramme Manager for Central African Republic
Elisabeth Marty is from french-speaking Vanuatu. After a master's degree in law, she first worked with the Ombudsman of the Republic of Vanuatu and then in the humanitarian field in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali and the Central African Republic in Emergency Response and to protect the rights of individuals. Her initial assignments were as Consultant, later as Project Manager and Head of Office. Elisabeth has been working with FSD as Programme Manager since September 2016.
JEAN-LOUIS DELAITEProject Manager for Central African Republic
Jean-Louis Delaite is a French citizen. He spent more than 39 years in the French army. He spent a large part of his career alternating command positions and project management, reorganization, advisory or human resources responsibilities and in operations or overseas appointments (Germany, NATO, UN, Ukraine). He retired in June 2016 with the rank of Brigadier General. He has been working for the FSD since August 2016. He started as an expert in Human Resources for the EU project in CAR in 2016 and was appointed as project manager in the same country in March 2017. He is married and has three children (one boy, two girls).
Project Manager for Afghanistan
Willie Venter is a South African citizen. He spent 24 years in the South African Armed and Security Forces. He served 22 years in the South African Police service in various specialized units and ended his service with the rank of Captain in the SA Police Bomb Disposal Unit. He has been involved in international mineaction since 2004 and has worked for NGOs and commercial companies in the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. He worked for FSD in South Sudan during 2005/ 2006 and since 2011, he runs FSD in Afghanistan, conducting cross border mine clearance operations in the Darwaz region, from Tajikistan.
PETER DAVID SMETHERSProgramme Manager for Iraq
Peter Smethers is a former British Army Ammunition Technician. Since leaving the Army in 2007, he has worked at the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Reading advising on the rebuild of the explosives processing and storage area. Since 2012 Peter has worked on various commercial programs delivering Ammunition and Explosives safety and IEDD Training in Libya, Afghanistan and Bosnia. Peter is currently the programme manager in Iraq
Project Manager for Ukraine
Anthony Connell is a citizen of New Zealand. He served as an officer with the New Zealand Army for 24 years. In 2000, he started with humanitarian mine action in Northern Iraq. Anthony joined FSD in 2002 with the Albania programme. Since then he has worked in Sudan, South Sudan, Albania again, Angola, Turkey, Somaliland and Ukraine. Anthony is a fan of rugby and a very strong supporter of the All Blacks. He manages the FSD operations in Ukraine.
FSD is a not for-profit, independent and neutral organisation, based in Geneva. FSD aims to eliminates mines, unexploded ordnance, explosive remnants of war and chemical and nuclear pollutants so that people can live in a safe environment.
FSD’s operations incorporate:
- The development and implementation of humanitarian demining operations, clearance and neutralisation of mines and unexploded ordnance, and, the destruction of stockpiles of mines and other arms and munitions;
- The remediation of hazardous pollutants such as legacy uranium tailings, organic pesticides, mercury and heavy metal pollutants and other toxic contaminations.
FSD focuses on the identification of these fundamental threats to human security and the elaboration of effective partnerships, which allows the formation of strategies and the implementation of physical operations to remediate such hazardous areas and to support the sustainable development of societies.
New challenges in volatile transition
After having concentrated for many years on mine action, FSD has observed a shift in the dynamic of humanitarian mine action operations in recent years. FSD has always worked in conflict environments that are increasingly fragmented and volatile, however the importance of integrated solutions and the coordination of mine action operations with other sectors is more and more important in an ever more demanding economic environment.
In the execution of its work, FSD continually observes that natural disasters, environmental threats due to man-made disasters and climate change, urbanisation, migration and socio-economic crises all contribute to the exacerbation of situations of chronic hardship and present barriers to sustainable development.
The more FSD can understand these factors and work with those integrated solutions, the more effective its operations will be. This not only ensures that FSD’s core mine action and security sector reform activities manifest as real results for people and communities, but it also ensures that the results are not isolated and will be sustainable within a wider humanitarian support context.