In 2017, GAAMAC established a Support Office in Geneva with the aim to assist the GAAMAC Chair, currently Ms. Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi. The Support Office also supports the Steering Group, prepares the biennial global meetings and maintains the website. The Support Office receives generous funding from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, GAAMAC Chair
Former Judge and President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is currently the Chair of GAAMAC, President of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC, Special Representative of Argentina to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and President of the Latin American Society of International Law. She has extensive diplomatic experience and expertise in international humanitarian and human rights law. Among other functions, she has been Director General for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and legal adviser at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in New York. She has played a leadership role in the creation and setting up of the ICC. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, a Master Degree in Public Law from the University of Limoges, France, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She speaks Spanish, English and French.
The Support Office consists of four staff, and during the university semester one intern from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, with which the Support Office has entered a strategic partnership.
The Support Office team:
Ms. Jelena Pia-Comella, Managing Coordinator
Jelena Pia-Comella is the Managing Coordinator of the GAAMAC Support Office. Jelena started her career in 1996 as a diplomat representing Andorra at the United Nations, the United States and Canada. From January to June 2008 she consulted with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Women’s Environment and Development Organization and since then until July 2018 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 in New York.
Ms. Anne-Laure Jollivet, Finance and Administration Manager
Anne-Laure Jollivet provides all financial and administrative services to the GAAMAC Support Office and the global GAAMAC community. She has twelve years of experience in administration and finance in Switzerland, the United States, France and Spain. Anne-Laure holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from École supérieure de commerce et management (ESCEM) in Tours, France.
Ms. Sabrina Thalmann, Communications Officer
Sabrina Thalmann leads communications at the GAAMAC Support Office. She has over five years’ experience in strategic communications, community engagement and outreach in the non-profit sector with a special focus on digital media. She also worked several years as a German teacher and has previous experience with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) as an intern. She holds a B.A. in History and German Literature and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Geneva, as well as an M.A. in European Studies from the University of Bath. Sabrina is passionate about shaping a more peaceful world through effective storytelling and reporting.
Ms. Elena Müller, Coordination Officer
Elena Müller is the Coordination Officer of the GAAMAC Support Office. She 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 worked as an intern for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. In 2017 Elena obtained a M.A. in English Literature, Law and Political Science from the University of Zurich.
The Support Office team is also composed of Mr. Ajay Chaudhary and Mr. Jake Loeffen-Ames who provide Web administration, IT advice, and general IT support and systems administration.
The Support Office is headed by a Committee consisting of
- Mr. Michel Gottret, President of the Association GAAMAC Support Office and former Swiss Ambassador
- Prof. Nenad Stojanović, Secretary of the Association GAAMAC Support Office, member of the Swiss Federal Commission Against Racism
- Ms. Anaël Jambers, Research associate at the Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland
- Ms. Mô Bleeker, Special envoy on dealing with the past and prevention of atrocity, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs DFA
To get in touch with the Support Office, please email contact[at]gaamac.org.