The Geneva Centre is composed of a plurinational staff from France, Switzerland, Belarus, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

 Umesh Palwankar
Umesh Palwankar Executive Director

Umesh Palwankar, a national of Switzerland, joined the Geneva Centre in December 2018 as Researcher-Planner. He was later appointed Executive Director. His responsibilities include defining the strategic objectives of the Centre, guiding and supervising their implementation by the Centre’s staff, promoting the Centre’s mission and activities with external interlocutors, and developing and consolidating partnerships.

Tiziana Loschi
Tiziana LoschiExecutive Assistant
Born in Italy and brought up in both French and Italian cultures, Ms Tiziana Loschi ​joined the Geneva Centre in July 2019 to support and assist, under the supervision of the Executive Director, the general work of the Geneva Centre and its team members, including managing the administrative and financial operations of the Centre and organizing conferences and other events held by the Centre.
Alia Fares
Alia FaresTraining and Partnerships Officer
A national of the United Arab Emirates, Ms Alia Fares joined the Geneva Centre in September 2020 as a Training Specialist.
She designs training programs and activities for students and professionals in the field of human rights. The core purpose of these training programs is to provide such stakeholders with increased expertise, thereby promoting national capacity building.
Reetta Delás Näsi
Reetta Delás NäsiProject and Information Officer
A national of Finland, Reetta joined the Geneva Centre in January 2022. As a Project and Information Officer, she assists with the organization, coordination, and implementation of the Centre’s activities. She also focuses on conducting program-related research and the preparation of publications.