Antoine Jaulmes (President)* | Paris /France
Antoine Jaulmes is the President of the Council of the Foundation since April 2012. A graduate of the Paris School of Mines he has since worked with PSA Peugeot Citroën where he is now the Director of the Light Commercial Vehicles R&D Platform. Impressed since his younger years both by the tragedy of third world’s poverty and by the shrinking availability of natural resources, he is a fervent supporter of every initiative which may advance the emergence of an urgently needed more just world order. His long-held conviction is that IofC’s specific approach will contribute towards this aim in several ways.
Andrew Lancaster*| Melbourne /Australia
Since 1965 Andrew Lancaster has worked with IofC in Australia, New Zealand, India, North America and Britain. For most of the last 40 years his wife Margaret (who is English) and he have lived in Canberra. They have three sons and five grandchildren.
He is currently Chair of the Council of Management of IofC Australia. Prior to that he served on IofC’s International Council for six years. He has been a member of the Council of CAUX-IofC since 2005.
Elisabeth Tooms| Slinfold / United Kingdom
Elisabeth Tooms studied Law at Oxford University and at the same time participated in theatre projects as director, wardrobe mistress and stage manager. She married in 1985 to Tim Firth, who died of cancer in 2014. She became involved with IofC/MRA at university and after graduating she worked with the organisation on a full time basis, directing musical shows and touring around the world. A career change resulted in working for 19 years in the City of London for Allen & Overy, a global law firm, as the Head of the Library and Information Service. She took early retirement in 2004 and returned to theatre work, taking commissions as director, stage manager and lighting designer. In particular, stage manager for Intermission Theatre in London helping to develop the Shakespeare inspired youth theatre project. Became a trustee of the Oxford Group (IofC UK) from 2005-2009, taking the chair in 2007. In 1997 founder member of Renewal Arts and involved in creating a series of arts conferences in Caux. She joined the Council of the CAUX-IofC Fondation in 2014.
Ashwin Patel| Nairobi / Kenya
Ashwin Patel is from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a long-standing friend of Initiatives of Change in Kenya and has earned quite a reputation for himself and for his firm as a chartered accountant because of his personal integrity. He brings to the Council his wide-ranging professional experience, his economic and financial expertise and his contribution as a representative of Africa. He has been a member of the council since 2014.
Hans-Rudolf Pfeifer| Affoltern am Albis / Switzerland
Hans-Rudolf Pfeifer is a medical doctor and a specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He is running his own private practice for psychiatry and psychotherapy in Zurich. Pfeifer is married and father of two daughters. He has been a member of the council since 2010.
Christoph Spreng*| Littau / Switzerland
Christoph Spreng was born in Berne, Switzerland, and married 1972. He followed courses in Mechanical Engineering and Electronics. He has work experience in the telecommunications industry, in the technical side of Theatre tours, in electro-acoustic, the production of documentary films and as a newspaper correspondent and editor. He has been Caux Conference Co-ordinator 1998-2008. The main activities outside Switzerland have been in the field of fellowship with: Students in Japan and Germany, people in Indian and Japanese Industry, a Theatre tour in North America, sporadic visits to the West Balkans and to Kiev, Ukraine. More recently he has been invited to talk to Iraqi Civil Servants, to the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, to events at the Universities of Luzern (Switzerland), El Manar, Tunis and UOC Barcelona, Spain.
Since 2005 he represents IofC-International at the Council of Europe (CoE). In 2008 he was appointed Special Advisor for Intercultural Dialogue for the Conference of INGO's. Since 2011 he is Coordinator of the INGO Dialogue Hub, more see here http://www.dialoguetoolkit.net
Charlotte (Lotty) Wupke Maria Wolvekamp| The Hague / Netherlands
Charlotte is from The Netherlands. She had been a fulltime worker with IofC/MRA since 1971 and since then has been working in the Netherlands and in other countries such as Canada, Argentina, Switzerland and Thailand. She has been a member of the council since 2010.
Urs Ziswiler| Zurich / Switzerland
Born in Muri (Aargau), Urs Ziswiler holds law degrees from the Universities of Geneva and Zurich, and a post-graduate diploma on developing countries from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He first worked as an expert for the World Bank in Madagascar, then as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Beirut, Gaza, Tel Aviv and Kampala before joining the Swiss Foreign Service in 1979. His long and distinguished diplomatic careerled him to Kinshasa, Lagos, Oslo and Tel Aviv before becoming the Swiss chargé d’affaires for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Swiss ambassador in Canada, USA and Spain. In between these foreign postings, Ambassador Ziswiler also served in Bern in a variety of capacities: spokesman and head of the Information Department in the European Integration Office, head of the Political Division for Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and coordinator for international refugee policy, head of the Directorate of Political Affairs at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and senior diplomatic advisor to the minister of foreign affairs.
Urs Ziswiler has known about Initiatives of Change for many years. In the context of Swiss diplomacy, he has contributed to the development of methods to deal with the past which are at the heart of rebuilding sound societies and promoting lasting peace in former war zones. This is both an important dimension of Swiss diplomacy and a deep conviction of Initiatives of Change – common ground on which several joint initiatives have been built, the most important being the African Great Lakes peace programme.
Urs Ziswiler is married and the father of two children. A music lover, he is a member of the board of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the CAUX-IofC Foundation since 2013.
Martin Frick*| Rome / Italy
Martin Frick is Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division at the FAO and is based in Rome, Italy. He is also Chair of the IofC Initiative for Land, Lives and Peace. He has been a German diplomat since 1996, serving in Albania, at the UN and in the EU. From 2002-2005, he was the Cabinet Affairs Advisor to then German Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. From 2007-2010, he was Deputy CEO/Director of the Global Humanitarian Forum, a Geneva-based foundation set up by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Karin Oszuszky| Vienna / Austria
Karin Oszuszky is Advisor in the Private Sector and Trade Finance Department at the development finance Institution OFID. She is based in Vienna, Austria. She has been in commercial banking since 1985 in various assignments for large international banks in Vienna, Amsterdam, Geneva and Zurich. From 1998 to 2002 she was director at the Structured Commodity Finance Department at ING Bank in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2005 she headed the corporate clients department of ING Geneva and was head of the corporate office of ING in Zurich.
Sophia Procofieff| Geneva/ Switzerland
Sophia Procofieff is specialized in the issues of protection of vulnerable people and victims of conflict, be it child soldiers, detainees, or families of missing people. She worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for fifteen years on these issues in the Caucasus, the Balkans and in Africa. From 2009 to 2012 she was advisor to the executive level of the ICRC on gender and diversity issues, as well as for the social sustainable development department. She was then based in Geneva, Swittzerland, where she became consultant for big projects in Africa: in the mining sector, reinstatement of security in war-torn regions, development of private-public partnerships and of value-chains in agriculture. A trained philologist with a ten-year experience as Russian-French-English interpreter, Sophia understands the importance of dialogue when different cultures work together. She joined the council in 2016.
David Forbes-Jaeger, Lonay / VD
(*) Member of the Executive Committee