This month we gave a fond farewell to our outgoing Chair of Trustees, Frida Nokken, after six years as a member of Alert’s Board, and welcomed Pierre Schori as our newly elected Chair of Trustees. Pierre has been a member of Alert’s Board since 2010 and Vice-Chair for the past year. The Board of Trustees is responsible for general control and management of the administration of Alert.
Pierre joins us with vast experience in foreign affairs, development cooperation and peacekeeping operations and is a former Ambassador and Permanent representative of Sweden to the United Nations. After a long career at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Pierre was Minister for International Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy, and Deputy Foreign Minister from 1994-1999. From 2000-2004, he was appointed Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations and in 2000 and 2002 was the head of the EU Election Observation missions in Zimbabwe. He served from 2005-2007 as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, responsible for the 10,000 civil and military personnel that integrated the complex peacekeeping mission. From 2007-2009, he was Director General of the Madrid-based think tank Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE). Pierre has also been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Adelphi University, New York from 2004-2005, Guest Professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica in May 2010. He returned to Adelphi as Guest Professor for the autumn semester of 2010. He is currently the Chairperson of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund.
For more about our Trustees, visit: http://www.international-alert.org/about-us/trustees.