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

 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.
Maryna Yazianok
Maryna Yazianok Project and Information Officer
A national of Belarus, Ms Maryna Yazianok joined the Geneva Centre in November 2019. As a Project and Information Officer, she coordinates and implements the activities of the Centre and focuses on conducting program-related research and preparation of publications. Her thematic areas are gender equality, rights of the child and the impact of climate change and environmental destruction on human rights.
Florian Fiquet
Florian Fiquet Project and Information Officer
A national of France, Mr. Florian Fiquet joined the Geneva Centre in January 2020. As a Project and Information Officer, he assists with the organization, coordination and implementation of the activities of the Centre. He also focuses on conducting program-related research and preparation of publications.
Alia Fares
Alia FaresTraining Specialist
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.