Ambassador Thomas Guerber was appointed Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) on 24 November 2015 and took up his function on 1 July 2016. He brings to the position extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and policy development relating to human security, human rights and sustainable development.
From 2010 to 2013, Ambassador Guerber was Switzerland's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as a Counsellor for financial, budgetary and institutional issues at Switzerland's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. Prior to these assignments, he held various functions within the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs' Human Security Division, including Head of Section for Peace Policy and Human Security. He entered the Swiss diplomatic service in 1997.
Thomas Guerber holds an LL.M. degree in public international law and international economic law from the University of Berne, a master's degree in European integration and economics from Institute for European Global Studies (Basel) and a master's degree in history and literature from the University of Basel. He is married and has two sons.
Advisor to the Director
Mr. Yury Korobovsky is Advisor to the DCAF Director. He supports the DCAF Director in the planning and management of DCAF' external relations and daily operations of the Centre, and coordinates the work of DCAF's governing structures (Bureau, Foundation Council).
Prior to joining DCAF, Yury worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), first at the ICRC Delegation in Moscow, and then at the Division of International Organisations at the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva.
Yury holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) and a Masters degree in Political Science from the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris ).
Ben Steward became DCAF Communications Manager in October 2017 and is responsible for external and internal communications.
His primary responsibilities include optimizing DCAF’s communications and leading the development of the organization’s corporate identity and branding. He is developing DCAF’s digital footprint and oversees the production of publications and other materials.
Before joining DCAF, Ben held senior corporate communications posts in diverse sectors, including publishing, shipping and broadcasting. Before that, he was a newspaper journalist in the UK.
A British citizen, Ben holds a First-Class Joint Honours BA in French and Italian from the University of Exeter, UK. He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.
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.