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Leadership and governance

The Berghof Foundation is a Germany-based not-for-profit organisation. The Executive Director heads the staff, and reports to a Board of Trustees. Find more about our leadership and governance below.


Strategic priorities 2022-25

While continuing to work in our three main fields of activity – Practice, Learning and Research – the Berghof Foundation is also responding to a shifting global context.

Our current focal areas:
  • Mediation and negotiation support
  • Dialogue approaches and facilitation
  • Inclusion and participation
  • Peace education
Our emerging thematic areas:
  • Climate change and conflict transformation
  • Engaging with protest movements to strengthen nonviolent strategies
  • Inclusive governance and accountability to mitigate corruption and other economic drivers of conflict
  • Digital revolution and its impact on our work
  • Dealing with the past in conflict transformation
  • The role of women and gender in conflict transformation and mediation

Learn more about our current focal and emerging thematic areas for the coming three years.

Board of Trustees

Advisory Council

  • Baroness Valerie Amos
    Former UK Secretary of State for International Development; former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator; Master of University College, Oxford
  • Günther Baechler
    Former Head of Swisspeace; former Ambassador of Switzerland
  • Caspar von Blomberg
    Head, Public and Social Sector, Egon Zehnder
  • Jeff Feltman
    Former US Assistant Secretary of State; former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
  • Kyung-wha Kang
    Former Foreign Minister of Korea; former UN Under-Secretary-General
  • Monica McWilliams
    Former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; author of Stand Up Speak Out
  • Staffan de Mistura
    Former Head of UN in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria; former Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy; *until his current appointment as UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara
  • Hannah Neumann
    Member of the European Parliament
  • Omid Nouripour
    Member of the German Bundestag, Co-leader of The Greens
  • Aydan Özoğuz
    Vice-President of the German Bundestag
  • Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
    Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; President and CEO of International Peace Institute, New York
  • Alex Rondos
    Former Special Advisor to Prime Minister of Greece; former EU Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa

Executive Team

Expanded Executive Team

The Expanded Executive Team is comprised of the Executive Team and the following staff members:

Key documents

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