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Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018


Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018


Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, KBE PC | United Kingdom

Paddy Ashdown was born in New Delhi on 27 February 1941, the eldest of 7 children. At the age of 4, his family returned to Britain to buy a farm in Ulster. He was educated at Bedford School.

His early career began in 1959 as a UK Royal Marines Officer. After Special Forces Training in England, he commanded a Special Boat Section in the Far East. From 1967 to 1970 Paddy studied Chinese in Hong Kong and became a First Class interpretership in Mandarin.

In 1972 Paddy left the Royal Marines to join the UK Foreign Office. There he served the British Mission to the UN where he took part in the negotiation of several international treaties and agreements. In 1976 Paddy left the Foreign Office to stand as a Liberal candidate in the UK general election. After several years of canvassing he finally won the seat of Yeovil and entered the UK parliament in 1983. After serving his party in a number of roles he became Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party in 1988

Between 2002 and 2008 Paddy Ashdown served as International High Representative and European Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, working tirelessly to secure peace in the Balkans. In 2008 Paddy declined a position in the UK Government because he could not agree with the Governments policies, especially in respect of the erosion of our civil liberties.

The author of numerous articles on foreign affairs and politics, Paddy has also published nine books, including one on peace-keeping. He was recently commissioned to write his tenth book, "A German Tragedy," The story of the German Resistance to Hitler during the Second World War.

Paddy and his wife Jane live in a village in the South of England. They have two children, Kate and Simon, and four grandchildren, two of whom live in France.


Barbara Hintermann | Switzerland

Executive leader and manager with more than 20 years of international experience in humanitarian and corporate environments, Barbara Hintermann worked in spanning complex/volatile operational countries as well as in more mature/stable regional contexts.

She is a strong believer in people and their capacity to further develop competences and skills. She is   passionate about managing through people and making a difference. While driven by personal and organizational values but also institutional principles, she is permanently oriented towards tangible solutions.

She spent most of her career in the humanitarian field. In 1995, she joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in which she has assumed different positions in the Middle East and Africa in which she has led up to 500 staff towards a meaningful humanitarian action.  From 2002 to 2004, she was ICRC’s Deputy Head of Operations for the Balkans at the headquarters in Geneva. In 2004, she returned to the field and led ICRC’s operations at the country level first in Guinea-Conakry and then in Colombia. From 2008 to 2012, she was nominated Head of Operations for ICRC’s actions in Europe and North America. From 2012 to 2014, Barbara Hintermann took the position of the deputy HR Director and then HR Director, leading a large-scale HR transformation project.

Since March 2015, Barbara Hintermann is the Secretary General of Initiatives of Change Switzerland.