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The Board

THE FOUNDATION BOARD

Jean-Dominique Vassalli

Former rector of the University of Geneva, holds a doctorate in medicine and a doctorate in science. From 1986 to 2015 he was professor of developmental biology at the Faculty of Medicine...

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Dr. Jean Dominique Vassali - President of the Board

Jean-Dominique Vassalli, former Rector of the University of Geneva, holds a doctorate in Medicine and one in sciences. From 1986 to 2015, he was a Professor of developmental biology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva; he is now Professor emeritus. He is the recipient of the Cloëtta Prize (1988), of the International Society for Fibrinolysis and Thrombolysis Prize (1994) and an ad personam member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (2001). From 2011 to 2016, he was president of the Brocher Foundation; since 2016, he chairs the Foundation's scientific committee. He is also president of the board of the International institute for the rights of the child since 2020.

Prof. Philip Jaffé

Is a full professor at the University of Geneva. He co-founded his Interfaculty Center for Children's Rights and directed it from 2008 to 2019. In 2018 in New York, he was elected a member of the Committee of...

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Prof. Philip Jaffé - Member of the board

Philip D. Jaffé is a full professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and the founding director of its Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (2008-2020). In 2018, he was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. A clinical and a forensic psychologist trained in Switzerland and in the USA, his academic and professional activities have focused on children's rights, the protection of the child, participation of the child in the civil and criminal legal system, and detention issues. Still a practicing licensed psychotherapist and a court-appointed expert witness, he has also conducted clinical and training consultancies for a wide range of humanitarian organizations. His vision of academic life is to branch out in the community at large as a science practitioner and educator.

Karl Hanson

Is Full Professor of Public Law and Director of the Interfaculty Center for Children's Rights at the University of Geneva. He obtained his doctorate in law at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2004 where he then worked...

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Karl Hanson

Karl Hanson is Professor of Public Law and Director of the Interfaculty Centre for Children's Rights at the University of Geneva. He obtained his doctorate in law at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2004 where he subsequently worked. His research and publications in interdisciplinary children's rights studies concern theorising the field, child labour, juvenile justice and international advocacy for children's rights. He is an editor of the journal Childhood. He teaches in the Interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Children's Rights and in the Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights, of which he is the Scientific Director. He is also Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Children's Rights European Academic Network.

Barbara Hintermann

During her 20 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), spent both in the field and at headquarters, Barbara Hintermann has acquired in-depth knowledge of humanitarian action as well as its...

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Barbara Hintermann – Member of the board

During her 20 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), both in the field and at headquarters, Barbara Hintermann has acquired an in-depth knowledge of humanitarian action and its ecosystem. She has worked in the Middle East, Rwanda, South Sudan and Guinea-Conakry as well as in Colombia. Afterwards, she headed the Initiatives of Change Switzerland foundation, which is active in the reconciliation and promotion of peace, for five years. Since January 2020, Barbara Hintermann is the Executive Director of the Terre des hommes Foundation in Lausanne, which works for the wellbeing of children and the promotion of children's rights.

Virginie de Kalbermatten

Has been a member of the Foundation Board of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child since 2020. After a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in law at the University of Montpellier, she obtained a DEA in...

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Virginie de Kalbermatten – Treasurer

Virginie de Kalbermatten is a member of the Foundation Board of the Institute for the Rights of the Child since 2020. After obtaining a degree and a master's degree in law at the University of Montpellier, she obtained a postgraduate degree in international economic law in Dijon before joining the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where she defended her preliminary thesis on the privatisation of state-owned enterprises. She worked for 10 years in a large international law firm. She then continued her activity as a freelancer and was involved in numerous humanitarian causes, in particular for the Order of Malta's hospital service in Switzerland, of which she is head of the Valais section. Mother of 3 children, she also trained as a mediator at the Kurt Bosch Institute in Bramois.

Dr. Yvon Heller

Pediatrician and school doctor in Nyon for 30 years, Yvon Heller is involved in the field of social and community paediatrics with a particular interest in vulnerable populations...

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Dr Yvon Heller - Member of the board

A paediatrician and school doctor in Nyon for 30 years, Yvon Heller is involved in the field of social and community paediatrics with a particular interest in vulnerable populations. He participated in the setting up of multidisciplinary groups in Nyon schools and at Nyon Hospital to better deal with complex psychosocial situations involving children and adolescents. In 1992 he contributed to the creation of a multidisciplinary consultation in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation in Nyon (PENAR) where the partnership between families and professionals is at the centre of the approach, as well as the inclusion of continuous training in the field of disability. He works in favour of children's rights among Swiss paediatricians. Since 2016, he has been president of ADIDE (association for the dictionary of children's rights).