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The Board of Directors

Government Pillar

Deirdre Brown MBE

Government of the United Kingdom

 

Deirdre Brown is a British career diplomat.  She is currently head of the Multilateral Policy Unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in  London. She has a broad range of diplomatic experience having undertaking postings in Bangladesh, Thailand, Hungary and most recently at the UK Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

 

This is the UK Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.

Frédéric Chenais

Government of Switzerland

 

 

 

 

Cliff Johnson

Government of the United States of America

 

This is the US Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

Vacant seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industry Pillar 

Fredrik Ahlén

Industry: 'At large' Industry Director

 

Fredrik Ahlén is Senior Advisor at Vesper Group.

 

Mr. Ahlén has worked in the private security industry for more than 15 years, of which more than five years in senior management positions and with private security services in the Middle East and Africa.

 

Mr. Ahlén has extensive experience in developing and implementing best practice procedures including security risk management strategy, advisory, risk assessments, security plans, policies and guidelines, local community liaison and training. Mr. Ahlén is also a certified internal auditor for ISO18788:2015 management system for private security operations. His focus areas today include continuing implementing and developing compliant security structures for assignments in complex environments.

 

Mr. Ahlén’s academic background includes insurance specialist certificate and a Master´s degree in Business Administration (BA). Mr. Ahlén is currently completing a Master’s degree in Global Diplomacy at London University with a focus on researching state-building in fragile states.

Charlie Mayne

Industry: Representing 'Rest of the World'

 

Charlie Mayne is one of the founders and the Managing Director of VSC Security Solutions. For over 10 years he has been at the very heart of building a company focused on providing security that is relevant to the environment and applicable to specific areas of operations.

 

Before founding VSC, Mr. Mayne was an Officer in the British Royal Marines. His career included operational, training and management roles and it was in the Marines that he developed his leadership skills and learnt the importance of detailed planning.

 

Mr. Mayne has a B Eng degree from Edinburgh University and a PG Dip in Security and Risk Management from the University of Loughborough. 

 

Mr. Mayne was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in September 2016.

David Hornus

Industry: Representing UK / Europe

 

David Hornus is the director of GROUPE CORPGUARD, which he founded in 2006. The French ISO 18788 certified company and its subsidiaries are active in the fields of corporate security, corporate intelligence, close protection, defense services and training.

 

David graduated from Paris ESLSCA’s Economic Warfare School with a Master’s degree in "Business Intelligence strategy”. Before his entrepreneurial challenges, he served 2 years as a training platoon leader in the French Marines (Army). He then served 10 years as a reservist in the French DIA and the Special Operation Command. He is awarded with the French “Voluntary Combat Cross”.

 

Since the origin of GROUPE CORPGUARD, he has been a Response Team Member for a worldwide leading company in crisis management and is personally involved in providing crisis management and Kidnapping and Ransom services.

 

Mr. Hornus was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in November 2019.

Michelle Quinn

Industry: Representing the Americas

 

Michelle Quinn is Senior Vice President of Patriot Group International, a mission-focused organization providing security, operational, Logistics, and training solutions for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and other Government Agencies. At PGI, Michelle leads efforts to support critical U.S. missions and programs both CONUS and OCONUS, establishing relationships with the USG and industry partners, building technical solutions for programs, and standing up/executing PGI contracts.

 

Prior to joining PGI in December of 2018, Michelle served for five years at VxL Enterprises, as Vice President; Vice President of International Programs and Director of Capture Management at A-T Solutions (now PAE); Operations Manager for a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism program at the FBI Lab in Virginia; and Manager of Operations and Training for DOS’ Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Programs at DynCorp International. Earlier, Michelle also served at the House Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, on issues/legislation/funding tied to USAID, The International Monetary Fund, and The World Bank; at The White House Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and at several private, philanthropic foundations.

 

Michelle holds a BA from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from Mary Washington University. She is privileged to serve on the Advisory Board of The Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, Kurdistan AID (KAID), and Eagle On-line Academy of Afghanistan. She is, most importantly, the proud mother of five amazing Quinn children, who are out-and-about the world doing great things.

 

Ms. Quinn was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in April 2020.

Civil Society Pillar

Beatrice Godefroy

Civil Society

 

As Director of the newly created Europe Program, Ms. Godefroy oversees CIVIC’s activities in Ukraine, while engaging European Governments, the European Union, and NATO – in view of strengthening the European leadership in the protection of civilians & civilian harm mitigation. She brings 15 years of humanitarian experience work to CIVIC.

 

Ms. Godefroy served as the Deputy Executive Director at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) where she piloted the institutional and international development at MSF Switzerland. Most recently, she was head the MSF humanitarian diplomacy team in charge of carrying MSF’s representation and advocacy efforts vis-a-vis states, multilateral organizations, non-state actors, and civil society networks. Ms. Godefroy has managed emergency operations in a number of conflict areas, from Burundi to Darfur, or from Chad to Sierra Leone. She has been deployed on some of the most complex humanitarian crises of the past decades, such as the 2005 Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, where she worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Secretariat.

 

Ms. Godefroy was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in September 2018.

Michael Posner

Civil Society

 

Michael Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights at the Business school, the first-ever human rights center at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2013 as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In 2010 he chaired the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization. While at Human Rights First he was a founding board member of the Fair Labor Association. Before joining Human Rights First, Mr. Posner was a lawyer with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. From 1981 until 2009 he was a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, and  then Columbia Law School. A member of the California Bar and the Illinois Bar, he received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) in 1975, and a B.A. with distinction and honors in History from the University of Michigan in 1972. Mr. Posner resides with his family in New York City.

 

Mr. Posner was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in October 2017.

Margaret Roggensack

Civil Society

 

Margaret Roggensack is a recognized expert on business and human rights with extensive experience in designing and leading multistakeholder engagement strategy and initiatives. She teaches a graduate seminar on these issues at Georgetown University Law Center, and speaks regularly about the intersection of human rights and trade and implications for corporate accountability. As the former Senior Advisor for Business and Human Rights at Human Rights First, Ms. Roggensack led work on internet freedom, labor rights, natural resources and security and multistakeholder engagement and accountability mechanisms to address the human rights impacts of global business operations.

 

Ms. Roggensack was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in October 2017.

Caleb Wanga

Civil Society

 

Caleb Wanga is Coordinator of Usalama Reforms Forum. An advocate of social justice with wide experience in community organizing, peace building, conflict management, community safety, access to justice and environmental conservation, he has over 15 years in active engagement in policy and community oriented programmes through different organizations. Caleb has participated in the establishment of several networks like Usalama Forum and is also the regional coordinator of PeaceNet Kenya Nairobi region.

 

He is a graduate in Diplomacy & International Relations from United States International University-Africa. He is a visiting trainer at the Kenya School of Government Crime and Violence training programme.

 

Mr. Wanga was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in November 2019.