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
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi is the Chair of GAAMAC. She is a former Judge and President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is currently the President of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC 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 Special Representative of Argentina to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), 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 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 and is fluent in Catalan, English, French and Spanish.
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 fifteen years of experience in administration and finance. She has gained practical experience in finance and project management working for Europ Assistance for 8 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.
Ms. Noemi Manco, Communications Manager
Noemi joined GAAMAC in July 2021. Before that, she worked for five years at TRIAL International in Geneva, first as a Communications Officer and later as Communications Coordinator. Noemi also has work experience in campaign communications at Ordre de Malte France in Paris and digital communications at Amnesty International Switzerland. She interned at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (The Netherlands) and Redress (United Kingdom). Noemi holds an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Kent in Canterbury (United Kingdom) and a Masters in International Relations from Sciences Po in Lille (France).
Ms. Elena Müller, Senior Coordination Officer
As Coordination Officer Elena Müller provides coordination services to the GAAMAC Support Office and spearheads the support to GAAMAC Regional Initiatives (Africa Working Group, Asia Pacific Study 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.
The Support Office team is also composed of Mr. Jake Loeffen-Ames who provides 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.