Head of Human Resources
Head of Finances
Administration and Support Services
Aji is DCAF’s Security Officer, supporting the Director and Head of Divisions to operationalise and implement DCAF approach to security risk management, including the development of DCAF’s approach to crisis management. Aji also provides training, support and assistance to DCAF staff on travel security and medical related issues.
She has previously worked within DCAF as Coordinator for ISSAT, supporting the Head of ISSAT in the financial management and oversight of resources, activity planning and coordination, human resources, in addition to, annual reporting and monitoring of ISSAT’s performance, as Coordinator for the Office of the Deputy Director (DDO), responsible for the planning and implementation of DCAF's activities in Indonesia, Nepal, the states of the former Soviet Union and Turkey, and before that as Coordinator of the Border Security Programme in the Western Balkans.
Prior to joining DCAF, Aji spent 17 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, and 4 years as a civil servant with the UK’s Ministry of Defence. During her time in the Royal Navy, Aji served at sea and worked in a number of international and joint service postings, including NATO HQ in SHAPE, Belgium, a variety of appointments in the Ministry of Defence, and a secondment to the OSCE Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Her final appointment was as an Arms Control Inspector, where she carried out inspections all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans under the CFE Treaty, Vienna Document 99, Chemical Weapons Convention and the Dayton Peace Accords. On leaving the Royal Navy, Aji continued working in the field of Arms Control spending 4 years as the UK's Representative in the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre (RACVIAC), near Zagreb, Croatia.
Aji holds a Masters degree in Psychology.
Head of Conference and Travel Logistics
In January 2002, Ms Claude-Hélène Gosteli joined DCAF as the Head of Conference & Travel Logistics.
Claude was born and educated in France, and took a degree in English and Spanish from the Language University of Poitiers. After a year in England teaching French, Ms Gosteli studied for 2 years in Bordeaux, receiving a diploma in Tourism. For the next 18 years, she was employed by international travel agencies Danzas and Kuoni.
Deputy Head of Finances
Assistant Director, Head of Resources Department
Sophie Pagnetti-Takorian became Head of the Resource Department in June 2018, where she leads and develops DCAF’s overall resource management towards greater efficiency, impact and value.
Sophie directs the annual budgeting and resource planning process and is in charge of improving control environment to monitor and mitigate risk and financial exposure and ensure compliance with internal rules and regulations. She devises and drives the human resource strategy and develops the related policy framework, such as in professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruitment. She is also responsible for ensuring that personnel and financial data are controlled in accordance with the relevant legislation.
Sophie has extensive experience of transforming financial resource management and governance in international non-profit organizations. She spent eight years with big four financial auditing firms, five of which at EY, specializing in the non-profit sector, and nine years in non-profit leadership roles, including at Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse, where she overhauled accountability, internal control, grant and risk management practices.
In addition, she lectures regularly in controlling, risk and accounting at the Haute école de gestion (HEG) and the Université de Genève (UNIGE), where she led a financial module in the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Modern Management for Non-Profit Organizations.
Sophie is a certified chartered accountant and a graduate of the Burgundy School of Business and Management. She earned a CAS in IFRS and IPSAS from UNIGE.
Sophie is French and speaks French and English.
Valérie Gatellier is Executive Assistant to the DCAF Director and the Head of Resources.
Prior to joining DCAF, Valérie spent 15 years at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the UN in Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland and six years working in public private partnerships in the development sector.
Valérie studied at the University of Grenoble, France and St Andrews, Scotland. She holds a Master's in Foreign Applied Languages from the University of Grenoble. She is also a graduate in Economics from the University of Madrid.