Our teams

Humanitarian action in Lebanon

The beating heart of Terre des hommes 

Who are the people behind the Terre des hommes name? Baptiste, Luc, Jezerca, Marta, Anthony, Thant, Maude… some 2,400 people from all kinds of backgrounds work at our Lausanne headquarters or in our operational areas around the world.  

They are all committed individuals willing to give much of their time and energy to help children escape poverty, violence, inequality, injustice, and poor health and social conditions on migration routes.  

Our foundation’s employees recognise that their work is rewarding, intense and above all both meaningful and valuable.

Interested in joining Terre des hommes?  

Council of the foundation 

The Council of the foundation is made up of specialists in humanitarian work, public health, finance, law, marketing, the media and economics. Their role is to supervise how the Foundation is organised and operates.  

Whether viewed in terms of global security or health challenges, we are living in uncertain times, prompting our foundation to reflect on how to strengthen our governance, systems and accountability, while never losing sight of our vision, missions and values.  

With a commission for finance, for ethics and for political positioning in Switzerland, the Council guides the organisation to increase its impact and ensure positive and sustainable changes in the lives of children around the world.  

Team members
Jürg Schäffler
Jürg
Schäffler 
President of the Council of the foundation
Jürg Schäffler
Jürg
Schäffler 
President of the Council of the foundation

“Personally, I am proud to belong to such a fine organisation, whose commitment is now beyond dispute. I am optimistic about the future.”  

Main activity

Former Head of Finance at SRG SSR - now retired 

Elisabeth Decrey
Elisabeth
Decrey Warner 
Vice-president of the Council of the foundation
Elisabeth Decrey
Elisabeth
Decrey Warner 
Vice-president of the Council of the foundation

“I was born with a deep-seated aversion to injustice and inequality. Then my life’s course threw me into humanitarian work, where I fought a great deal against landmines - which very often harm children - and against the use of child soldiers. After having two children of our own, my husband and I adopted four others. What then could be more natural, the day I found I had some spare time again, than to join the Terre des hommes Council of the foundation? The foundation helps, support and cares for children and their families, and it fights for justice. I can but support it and bring my humble experience to the table.”  

Other activities

Co-founder of Geneva Call

Rania Abou Chakra
Rania
Abou Chakra
Member of the Council of the foundation
Rania Abou Chakra
Rania
Abou Chakra
Member of the Council of the foundation

“We live in a time of unprecedented technological advancement and innovation, and as a humanitarian organisation, we have an opportunity to harness these tools to make a real and lasting impact on the world. By embracing technology and innovation, we can develop new solutions to existing problems, reach more children in need, and make our operations more efficient and effective. I believe that we can build a world where compassion and innovation go hand in hand.” 

Main activity

Digital Transformation and Innovation  

WMO CIO 

Sigiriya Aebischer Perone
Sigiriya
Aebischer Perone
Member of the Council of the foundation
Sigiriya Aebischer Perone
Sigiriya
Aebischer Perone
Member of the Council of the foundation

“As a doctor working in humanitarian contexts, the health of children and their mothers is particularly important to me. Improving children's health goes far beyond merely providing care, it entails giving mothers their independence, community engagement, training healthcare professionals, and rolling out new technologies, all areas in which Terre des hommes’ work is particularly relevant.”  

Main activity

University Hospitals of Geneva, Department of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, Medical Doctor

International Committee of the Red Cross, Health Unit, Medical Officer - Former head of employee health at ICRC 

Other activities

TDHIF, Board member

Xavier Colin
Xavier
Colin
Member of the Council of the foundation
Xavier Colin
Xavier
Colin
Member of the Council of the foundation

“As the father of three children, supporting the projects run by Switzerland's leading child relief organisation is the obvious course for me to take. At Tdh, we deliver a practical response to what is happening in the world, and children are our core concern. Rolling out projects relating to health, schooling, and protecting legal rights is a form of applied geopolitics that appeals to me. What are we doing in Iraq, in Cox’s Bazar, or in Dadaab? How should we act in places run by dictators? Hard to think of anything more practical.”  

Main activity

Former RTS journalist 

Serge Mimouni Council of the foundation Tdh
Serge
Mimouni
Member of the Council of the foundation
Serge Mimouni Council of the foundation Tdh
Serge
Mimouni
Member of the Council of the foundation

"To protect the lives, well-being and rights of children and young people around the world. And to promote the dignity of all. These are essential missions to which I want to actively contribute and which Terre des hommes puts into practice through projects in the fields of health, migration and access to justice". 

 

Register of interest

Consultant and teacher in public policy - social, education and culture

Team members
Jürg Schäffler
Jürg
Schäffler 
President of the Council of the foundation
Jürg Schäffler
Jürg
Schäffler 
President of the Council of the foundation

“Personally, I am proud to belong to such a fine organisation, whose commitment is now beyond dispute. I am optimistic about the future.”  

Main activity

Former Head of Finance at SRG SSR - now retired 

Elisabeth Decrey
Elisabeth
Decrey Warner 
Vice-president of the Council of the foundation
Elisabeth Decrey
Elisabeth
Decrey Warner 
Vice-president of the Council of the foundation

“I was born with a deep-seated aversion to injustice and inequality. Then my life’s course threw me into humanitarian work, where I fought a great deal against landmines - which very often harm children - and against the use of child soldiers. After having two children of our own, my husband and I adopted four others. What then could be more natural, the day I found I had some spare time again, than to join the Terre des hommes Council of the foundation? The foundation helps, support and cares for children and their families, and it fights for justice. I can but support it and bring my humble experience to the table.”  

Other activities

Co-founder of Geneva Call

Rania Abou Chakra
Rania
Abou Chakra
Member of the Council of the foundation
Rania Abou Chakra
Rania
Abou Chakra
Member of the Council of the foundation

“We live in a time of unprecedented technological advancement and innovation, and as a humanitarian organisation, we have an opportunity to harness these tools to make a real and lasting impact on the world. By embracing technology and innovation, we can develop new solutions to existing problems, reach more children in need, and make our operations more efficient and effective. I believe that we can build a world where compassion and innovation go hand in hand.” 

Main activity

Digital Transformation and Innovation  

WMO CIO 

Sigiriya Aebischer Perone
Sigiriya
Aebischer Perone
Member of the Council of the foundation
Sigiriya Aebischer Perone
Sigiriya
Aebischer Perone
Member of the Council of the foundation

“As a doctor working in humanitarian contexts, the health of children and their mothers is particularly important to me. Improving children's health goes far beyond merely providing care, it entails giving mothers their independence, community engagement, training healthcare professionals, and rolling out new technologies, all areas in which Terre des hommes’ work is particularly relevant.”  

Main activity

University Hospitals of Geneva, Department of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, Medical Doctor

International Committee of the Red Cross, Health Unit, Medical Officer - Former head of employee health at ICRC 

Other activities

TDHIF, Board member

Xavier Colin
Xavier
Colin
Member of the Council of the foundation
Xavier Colin
Xavier
Colin
Member of the Council of the foundation

“As the father of three children, supporting the projects run by Switzerland's leading child relief organisation is the obvious course for me to take. At Tdh, we deliver a practical response to what is happening in the world, and children are our core concern. Rolling out projects relating to health, schooling, and protecting legal rights is a form of applied geopolitics that appeals to me. What are we doing in Iraq, in Cox’s Bazar, or in Dadaab? How should we act in places run by dictators? Hard to think of anything more practical.”  

Main activity

Former RTS journalist 

Serge Mimouni Council of the foundation Tdh
Serge
Mimouni
Member of the Council of the foundation
Serge Mimouni Council of the foundation Tdh
Serge
Mimouni
Member of the Council of the foundation

"To protect the lives, well-being and rights of children and young people around the world. And to promote the dignity of all. These are essential missions to which I want to actively contribute and which Terre des hommes puts into practice through projects in the fields of health, migration and access to justice". 

 

Register of interest

Consultant and teacher in public policy - social, education and culture

Our Executive Board 

Our executive team steers the global strategy of Terre des hommes and its operational management, in line with the organisation's values, vision and mission. Its objective: to maximise the impact on children, while adapting to the current, ever-changing context. 

Team members
Barbara Hintermann
Barbara
Hintermann
Chief Executive
Barbara Hintermann
Barbara
Hintermann
Chief Executive

A one-on-one with Barbara  

“Throughout my career of 25 years and more in the humanitarian sector, I have advocated for justice, respect and human rights, as well as for the protection of the most disadvantaged. I am proud to lead Terre des hommes, an organisation that sets the benchmark in child protection, and that provides meaningful and responsible solutions to improve the lives of children, their families and their communities.”  

Claudio Rini
Claudio
Rini
Director of Operations 
Claudio Rini
Claudio
Rini
Director of Operations 

With Claudio, it’s personal experience  

“My various roles in international development and humanitarian emergencies have strengthened my belief in the essential part played by non-governmental organisations in supporting the most vulnerable people, so often omitted from the international political agenda. As a father, I am particularly enthusiastic about continuing my career here at Terre des hommes. Our mission to protect children is vital in a world which is sometimes too unjust and violent, but a world too that deserves all our efforts to bring about more compassion.” 

Barbara Boyle
Barbara
Boyle
Chief of Staff
Barbara Boyle
Barbara
Boyle
Chief of Staff

"What can be more rewarding than connecting the organisation, stakeholders, and volunteers around the giggling of children? I see my contribution as being about aligning our actions with our long-term vision; fostering a culture of purpose, resilience, and compassion. Together, we are creating lasting change."

Franck Eloi
Franck
Eloi 
Human Resources Director 
Franck Eloi
Franck
Eloi 
Human Resources Director 

Talking HR with Franck  

“Terre des hommes’ employees, volunteers and partners are the ones who step up to the plate and make our work possible, both at headquarters and in the field. The main objectives of Terre des hommes´ Human Resources Department are to support, equip and train our diverse team, while ensuring best management practices are followed.”  

Mathieu Hervin
Mathieu
Hervin
Ad interim Director of Digital, Innovation and ICT
Mathieu Hervin
Mathieu
Hervin
Ad interim Director of Digital, Innovation and ICT
Gregory Lepine
Grégory
Lépine
Director of Finance and Logistics 
Gregory Lepine
Grégory
Lépine
Director of Finance and Logistics 

Gregory describes our diverse resources  

“Using finance as a means and not an end in itself has always been a driving force for me. In accordance with the wishes of our donors and institutional funding providers, we strive to ensure that resource allocation matches Terre des hommes’ vision as closely as possible. I am happy to experience our rich cultural mix - a source of development, inspiration and personal enrichment - every day, in both my personal and working lives.” 

Claudio Solazzo
Claudio
Solazzo
Ad interim Director for communication and fundraising
Claudio Solazzo
Claudio
Solazzo
Ad interim Director for communication and fundraising

"Our donors and volunteers enable Terre des hommes to implement its child protection mission. Working alongside them makes me proud, because together we can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families."

Team members
Barbara Hintermann
Barbara
Hintermann
Chief Executive
Barbara Hintermann
Barbara
Hintermann
Chief Executive

A one-on-one with Barbara  

“Throughout my career of 25 years and more in the humanitarian sector, I have advocated for justice, respect and human rights, as well as for the protection of the most disadvantaged. I am proud to lead Terre des hommes, an organisation that sets the benchmark in child protection, and that provides meaningful and responsible solutions to improve the lives of children, their families and their communities.”  

Claudio Rini
Claudio
Rini
Director of Operations 
Claudio Rini
Claudio
Rini
Director of Operations 

With Claudio, it’s personal experience  

“My various roles in international development and humanitarian emergencies have strengthened my belief in the essential part played by non-governmental organisations in supporting the most vulnerable people, so often omitted from the international political agenda. As a father, I am particularly enthusiastic about continuing my career here at Terre des hommes. Our mission to protect children is vital in a world which is sometimes too unjust and violent, but a world too that deserves all our efforts to bring about more compassion.” 

Barbara Boyle
Barbara
Boyle
Chief of Staff
Barbara Boyle
Barbara
Boyle
Chief of Staff

"What can be more rewarding than connecting the organisation, stakeholders, and volunteers around the giggling of children? I see my contribution as being about aligning our actions with our long-term vision; fostering a culture of purpose, resilience, and compassion. Together, we are creating lasting change."

Franck Eloi
Franck
Eloi 
Human Resources Director 
Franck Eloi
Franck
Eloi 
Human Resources Director 

Talking HR with Franck  

“Terre des hommes’ employees, volunteers and partners are the ones who step up to the plate and make our work possible, both at headquarters and in the field. The main objectives of Terre des hommes´ Human Resources Department are to support, equip and train our diverse team, while ensuring best management practices are followed.”  

Mathieu Hervin
Mathieu
Hervin
Ad interim Director of Digital, Innovation and ICT
Mathieu Hervin
Mathieu
Hervin
Ad interim Director of Digital, Innovation and ICT
Gregory Lepine
Grégory
Lépine
Director of Finance and Logistics 
Gregory Lepine
Grégory
Lépine
Director of Finance and Logistics 

Gregory describes our diverse resources  

“Using finance as a means and not an end in itself has always been a driving force for me. In accordance with the wishes of our donors and institutional funding providers, we strive to ensure that resource allocation matches Terre des hommes’ vision as closely as possible. I am happy to experience our rich cultural mix - a source of development, inspiration and personal enrichment - every day, in both my personal and working lives.” 

Claudio Solazzo
Claudio
Solazzo
Ad interim Director for communication and fundraising
Claudio Solazzo
Claudio
Solazzo
Ad interim Director for communication and fundraising

"Our donors and volunteers enable Terre des hommes to implement its child protection mission. Working alongside them makes me proud, because together we can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families."