Support Office
        

The Support Office allows the GAAMAC community to be functional, efficient and to reach its expected results. Based in Geneva, it implements the strategic goals and activities set out by the Steering Group, including support to Working Groups, communications, organization of events and fundraising.

Staff

Jelena Pia-Comella

Managing Coordinator

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Jelena Pia-Comella is the Managing Coordinator of the GAAMAC Support Office and brings 25 years of experience in international relations. Throughout her career, she has been true to her feminist principles and Francophone values by promoting women’s rights, strengthening women’s leadership, and supporting the work of Francophone activists in the fields of mass atrocities prevention and gender justice.  Starting her career in 1996 as a diplomat representing Andorra at the United Nations, the United States and Canada she was part of the team that created the foreign policy of her country. From January to June 2008, she consulted with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Women’s Environment and Development Organization to coordinate the Gender Equality Architecture Reform Campaign (GEAR) and since then until July 2018, she was the Deputy Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). Jelena holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, New York (USA) and is fluent in English, French, Catalan and Spanish.

Anne-Laure Jollivet

Finance and Administration Manager

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Anne-Laure Jollivet provides all financial and administrative services to the GAAMAC Support Office and the global GAAMAC community. She has 15 years of experience in administration and finance. She has gained practical experience in finance and project management working for Europ Assistance for eight years, in Spain France and United States. She also worked for the American Red Cross within the International department in Washington DC, and for International SOS in Geneva. Anne-Laure holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from École supérieure de commerce et management (ESCEM) in Tours (France).

Camila Ponte

Communications Officer

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As a Communications Officer, Camila develops, supports, and promotes GAAMAC’s communications and outreach goals. She has gained professional experience with communications and project management, working mainly with education for sustainable development and participatory methods for disaster risk reduction. Camila holds a Bachelor’s in International Management from the Technological Institute of Deggendorf (Germany) and a Master’s in Standardisation, Social Regulation, and Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

Elena Müller

Senior Coordination Officer

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As Senior Coordination Officer Elena Müller provides coordination services to the GAAMAC Support Office and spearheads the project management for all GAAMAC Regional Initiatives (Africa Working Group, Asia Pacific Working Group and Americas Initiative).  Elena has gained practical experience in project management, coordination work and liaison support in the private sector – with a special focus on Central Asian States. She then completed an internship in the political division of a Swiss diplomatic mission and subsequently worked for the UNHCR (the UN Refugee agency) Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In 2017 Elena obtained a M.A. in English Literature, Law and Political Science from the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

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Board of Directors

Michel Gottret

President

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Michel Gottret is the President of the Support Office’s Board of Directors and a former Swiss Ambassador. He entered the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1979. As a diplomat, he carried out several different functions at the headquarters in Bern and held posts in Paris, Copenhagen, Washington and again Paris as Deputy Chief of Mission. From 2002 to his retirement in 2014, he was ambassador to Algeria, Mauritania, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Libya and Swiss Representative to the Palestinian Authorities. He graduated in physics from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

Nenad Stojanović

Secretary

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Prof. Nenad Stojanović is the Secretary of GAAMAC’s Board of Directors and a member of   the Swiss Federal Commission Against Racism. A professor of political science at the University of Geneva, in his academic research he has explored institutional challenges to democracy in multicultural societies and has published a number of books on related topics, such as Dialogue sur les quotas (Presses Sciences Po, 2013); Equal Recognition, Liberal Democracy, and Minority Rights (Routledge, 2018; co-edited with S. Morales Gálvez), and Multilingual Democracy: Switzerland and Beyond (ECPR Press, 2021).

Mô Bleeker

Member

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Mô Bleeker acted as the first GAAMAC Chair until November 2019. Former Special Envoy on Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocity at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDA), she has been working for decades in societies engaged in processes       of transition, and/or  in peace processes in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South Caucasus, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, Central, North, and West Africa. She chaired the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission in the Philippines created in 2014 and acted as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the National Historical Memory Commission in Colombia. From 2017 until end of 2021, she also acted as Special Envoy for Peace in Colombia. She holds degrees from  the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and  the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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