Stéphane Bern is a journalist, writer, TV presenter, radio host, producer and actor.
He is an associate editorialist for Paris Match, as well as the radio host of the program “Historiquement Votre, raconter l’histoire sans se la raconterwith Matthieu Noël on the french radio Europe 1, and a television host, where he comments on major royal events and presents “Secrets d’Histoire” prime-time programs on France Télévisions each year, as well as “Laissez-vous guider”, and “Le Village préféré des Français”… He has published about thirty books including “Sauvons notre patrimoine” (Plon), “Mon Luxembourg” (Flammarion), the collection “Secrets d’Histoire” (Albin Michel) and recently “Un Amour Souverain” co-authored with HRH the Grand Duchess for the benefit of Stand Speak Rise Up.
Since 2013, Stéphane Bern has been involved in the preservation and rehabilitation of the Royal and Military College of Thiron-Gardais (Eure et loir) in the Perche region of France, whose abbey celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2014. After three years of rehabilitation of the building, it opens for the first time in 2016 to the general public the doors of the military and royal college (museum and garden) all summer. The College remains open every summer and year-round upon request.
On the occasion of the 2017 European Heritage Days, Stéphane Bern was given a mission on heritage by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. He must identify the rural heritage in danger and find in a second time innovative means of financing to save them. Thanks to his action, more than 130 million euros have been collected and have allowed to save nearly 650 French monuments. His action has led to the creation of the magazine Mission Patrimoine, which honors the men and women who keep it alive.
Founder of the Stéphane Bern Foundation for History and Heritage, hosted by the Institut de France, he awards a History Prize and a Heritage Prize every year.
Treasurer – President and Founder, Afghanistan Libre
Chékéba Hachemi : Treasurer - President and Founder, Afghanistan Libre
Born May 20, 1974 in Kabul, 1 child
Chékéba is the President and Founder of Afghanistan Libre, which advocates for the rights of women and girls in education, rural development, and health. She also co-created ROZ magazine, which caters to Afghan women.
Chékéba was not only the first woman-diplomat of the Afghan transitional government, but also the first Secretary of the Afghan embassy to the European Union. Subsequently, Chékéba was appointed by the government in Kabul to be Special Advisor to the Vice-President. After resigning from her position as Minister-Advisor to President Hamid Karzaï, Chékéba founded Epoke consulting agency as well as CH Consulting; the latter specialising in the implementation of cross-sector social projects. Additionally, the consultancies advocate for women’s opportunities in the business world.
Chékéba has spent her career focusing on gender equity, through projects such as ELLE Active for ELLE magazine. She has penned publications including the best-seller Visage volé, Avoir 20 ans à Kaboul, Pour l’amour de Massoud, L’Insolente de Kaboul, Guide des expertes 2012, 2013 et 2014, and produced the documentary Ma vie de femme d’ailleurs.
Céline Bardet, is an international lawyer, specialized in war crimes, international crimes, post conflict justice and security who started her career at the ICTY. For almost 20 years, she worked in more than 40 countries from the Balkans to Middle East, Central and East Africa to Asia, called to provide expertise and technical advise for organisations such as the EU, INTERPOL and the UN.
Witnessing the scourge and systematic use of rape as a weapon of war in most conflict and fragile zones in the world, the lack of adequate responses to it, the large impunity and the poor services provided to survivors on the ground, she decided to move forward by founding the non-profit Start Up We Are NOT Weapons Of War (WWoW) in 2014.
Hugues Dewavrin, 65 years old.
Head of Company. Was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Pomona agri-food group (11,000 employees) for 30 years.
President of “The European Guild”, a fifty-year-old French NGO recognized as being of public utility, and Secretary General of the “Screens of Peace”. Hugues intervenes mainly in post-crisis countries to rebuild cultural facilities devastated by wars and intolerance. More specifically in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the DRC.
Mr Maurer has served as the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2012.
Under his leadership, the ICRC carries out humanitarian work in over 80 countries, with major operations in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan, Lake Chad and Myanmar/Bangladesh. Mr Maurer’s priorities include strengthening humanitarian diplomacy, engaging States and other actors for the respect of international humanitarian law, and improving the humanitarian response through innovation and new partnerships. Mr Maurer previously served as Switzerland’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs as well as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York.
Sociologist and member of Chambre des Députés (Déi Gréng)
Charles Margue: Sociologist and member of Chambre des Députés (Déi Gréng)
Born in 1956 in Luxembourg, father of 3 children.
Sociologist and demographer who attended the Universities of Paris I and V in the 80s.
A left-wing Catholic who was trained by Jesuit chaplains at the “Young Christian Students”.
Sensitized to humanitarian causes since the 70s, during his high school years he was active in youth circles and in third world NGOs. He took part in a first 6-weeks trip to Dahomey (now Benin) in 1975 to visit the projects supported by his association AFC (now ASTM).
He observed Luxembourg society for more than 30 years as head of opinion and market research at the polling institute ILReS.
In 2009 he went as a facilitator with a dozen citizens on a trip to Bangladesh to raise their awareness of the hazards of climate change (cyclone, drought, internal migration), a mission commissioned by 3 Luxembourgish NGOs in the context of the 2009 parliamentary election campaign.
In 2018 he decided to turn the page on observers and enter politics; he was elected as an environmentalist deputy Déi Gréng and sat in the Chamber of Deputies where he chaired the Justice Commission.
Gynecologist and women’s rights militant, Nobel Prize 2018
Dr. Denis Mukwege: Gynecologist and women’s rights militant, Nobel Prize 2018
Dr. Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynaecological surgeon as well as the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since the establishment of Panzi Hospital in 1999, he has become the world’s leading expert on “repairing” the internal physical damage caused by rape. Together with his team, he treated more than 50,000 victims in east Congo.
In 2018 he received the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, for his efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Dr. Raphaël Pitti: Doctor and professor of emergency medicine
Raphaël Pitti is an anaesthetist and professor of emergency and disaster medicine. His career began in the French army’s health service as general practitioner, where he stayed until 2004. Over the past ten years, he focused on humanitarian action: defending Bulgarian nurses or caring for migrants in Lampedusa (Italy). Since 2012, he has helped implement a training programme for health workers in Syria with UOSSM, which has trained more than 22,000 people. He is a City Councillor at the City of Metz. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the National Order of Merit. In 2016, he received the Democratic Engagement Award of the Grand East Region. He is the author of “Va où l’humanité te porte – Un médecin dans la guerre” published by Tallandier Editions. In 2017, outraged by the reception conditions and the government’s attitude towards asylum seekers, he reneged his title of officer of the Legion of Honour.
Founder and Executive Director, Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims
Feride Rushiti: Founder and Executive Director, Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims
Dr. Rushiti is founder and Executive Director of Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims. Through decades of research and advocacy, Dr. Rushiti has secured access to healthcare and justice for civilian victims of Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war. In 2017, her advocacy led to a landmark government decision to fund pensions for Kosovo’s victims of wartime sexual violence. She pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach to address the needs of conflict victims. Dr. Rushiti played a key role in developing Kosovo’s legal framework for the humane treatment of prisoners and other detainees. The US State Department recognized this work and commitment with the International Women of Courage Award (2018).
Lecturer, doctor and former consul general of France (Kurdistan d’Irak)
Dr. Frédéric Tissot: Lecturer, doctor and former consul general of France (Kurdistan d’Irak)Dr. Frédéric Tissot
A general doctor and then a specialist in public health, Dr Frédéric Tissot has had two different careers: the first as a volunteer doctor in areas of poverty or war (Morocco, Afghanistan, Iran Kurdistan, Congo, Somalia…). Then, after having been charged in 1990 by the Prime Minister’s Office to receive in France several hundreds of Kurdish refugees, victims of chemical bombings in Iraq, he assumed the responsibilities of Director of the Emergency and Monitoring Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then those of Advisor to the Minister of Health in France, in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2005 and in Haiti in 2006. He was the first General Consul of France appointed in Erbil, Kurdistan of Iraq, a position he held from the end of 2007 to September 2012.
He then served as Secretary General of the Regional Conference of Information, Reception and Orientation Services (SIAO), in charge of emergency accommodation in the Ile de France Region.
He is currently a lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciencespo.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 60 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 131 awards from 30 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
Honorary advisor – Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations
Pramila Patten: Honorary advisor - Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations
Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten was appointed as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in April 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Patten served as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She was the Chairperson of the Working Group on General Recommendation No. 30 on “Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and Post-Conflict situations; a member of several High-Level Panels; and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Inquiry into the massacre in Guinea Conakry of 2009. A national of Mauritius, she has been a practicing lawyer since 1982.
Honorary advisor – High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
Michelle Bachelet: Honorary advisor - High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
Michelle Bachelet is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile, as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2000 – 2002). She also served as Health Minister (2002 – 2004).
Since the early 1990s, Ms. Bachelet has worked closely with many international organizations. In 2010 she chaired the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group, a joint International Labor Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative, which sought to promote social policies to stimulate economic growth and social cohesion.
In 2011, she was named the first Director of UN Women, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of women and girls internationally. Economic empowerment and ending violence against women were two of her priorities during her tenure. She has recently pledged to be a Gender Champion, committing to advance gender equality in OHCHR and in international fora.
After finishing her second term in March 2018, she was named Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, an alliance of more than 1000 organizations in 192 countries from the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health communities. As Co-Chair of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child, Ms. Bachelet launched Every Woman Every Child Latin America and the Caribbean, the first platform for tailored, regional implementation of the EWEC Global Strategy.
Michelle Bachelet has a Medical Degree in Surgery, with a specialization in Pediatrics and Public Health. She also studied military strategy at Chile’s National Academy of Strategy and Policy and at the Inter-American Defense College in the United States.
Atifete Jahjaga : President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016)
Atifete Jahjaga served as the fourth, and first woman President of the Republic of Kosovo, elected by the Parliament of Kosovo on April 7, 2011 for a five-year mandate. Jahjaga is Kosovo’s first non-partisan candidate, the first female head of state in the modern Balkans and the youngest female world leader to be elected to the highest office. During her tenure as President she sought to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country and helped to build and secure greater international recognition for Kosovo. Jahjaga constantly participates in national and international conferences and initiatives aimed at empowering women and supporting the survivors of sexual violence during war.
Martine Brousse is President of ‘La Voix De l’Enfant’, an association she founded in 1981 with the stated aim of defending vulnerable children. The federation, comprised of over 80 related associations, is active in over 100 countries. It focuses on bringing to children in distress, in France and globally, living conditions which allow them to develop and flourish in an environment which is respectful of their rights. Fighting against violence perpetrated against children, the association is mobilizing to sensitize, inform and lead politicians to take the necessary appropriate measures for the protection of children.
Charles-Eric Clesse: Hainaut Labour Prosecutor - Professor at ULB
Charles-Eric Clesse, born on 24 December 1970, is an auditor of Hainaut’s work (King’s prosecutor specializing in social law) and a professor at the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” where he teaches social criminal law.
He holds a doctorate in legal sciences. His doctoral thesis, which was awarded the Alice Seghers Prize, dealt with trafficking in human beings. Committed to the fight against this crime, he is an expert for the Council of Europe, a member of the Samilia Foundation and author of several articles and books on this subject.
Journalist / Director / Writer / Humorist / Actress
Sarah Doraghi: Journalist / Director / Writer / Humorist / Actress
Sarah Doraghi is a french journalist who worked for over 13 years at France Télévisions’ morning show, Télématin. Her television experience started with her own show in 2005 on the channel Comedy called “Q.I.F.” (Question d’Integration en France) which put forward all kind of social problems France was facing. This has always been a concern for Sarah. While being very active, she still needed to underline the social crisis that was strongly hitting the land which welcomed her. Sarah uses her humor and experience to point out the aspects which touches her most. Pushed by Isabelle Nanty, she decided to write a standup comedy in 2014 which travelled all of France, Switzerland and Belgium for five years. A hit which inspired her second book “Je change de file”, recently published at Plon and already on bookshelves.
Philip Grant: Executive Director, TRIAL International
Philip Grant is the Executive Director of TRIAL International, a legal NGO having represented hundreds of victims of international crimes. Prior to working for TRIAL International, he worked for about ten years as an attorney in a law firm in Geneva, of which he became a partner. Philip holds a Law degree, a diploma of Superior Studies, an LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a PhD in Constitutional Law.
Marion Guth: Co-founder and Producer, @a_BAHN Production
Cofounder of a_BAHN, an award winning film production company based in Luxembourg, Marion is an impact and creative producer, bringing together the traditional worlds of film and television with new media, engaging audiences in response. She has also recently founded a non profit to create a more inclusive film industry in Luxembourg and beyond.
General Councillor for Europe International Institute for Strategic Studies
Professor François Heisbourg: General Councillor for Europe International Institute for Strategic Studies
François Heisbourg is Special Advisor at the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris, and Senior Advisor for Europe at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He served as a French diplomat and later for the office of the Minister of National Defence. He has led and chaired the IISS, as well as the GCSP in Geneva. He has been a member of the Commission of the white paper on defence and national security under Presidents Sarkozy and Hollande and member of the steering committee of the governmental white paper ‘La France face au terrorisme’. He also participated in the International Commission of the Balkans. During the electoral campaign, Prof. Heisbourg worked on issues of defence and national security with Emmanuel Macron’s team.
Psychologist and President, Association for Forgotten Children of War
Ajna Jusić: Psychologist and President, Association for Forgotten Children of War
In December 2018, Ajna received the “Person of the Year” Award in Bosnia and Herzegovina and she devoted that to children born out of war and to survivors. She is working on her first publication to increase social awareness of children born of war. Jusić develops a model that will be proper for access to children born after the war and experiencing secondary trauma. Currently, Jusić is working on realization of ‘Chibow’ rights in BiH.