With the appointment of two new members, the Ombuds Office of the Swiss humanitarian organization has expanded significantly. The new Ombuds also will be posted closer to many of ICRC's 12,500 worldwide employees.
Kyambi Kavali is based in Nairobi and provides support to staff and management in the 28 delegations on the African continent. Kavali has solid training and a strong practical background in Finances and Human Resource Management. Before becoming Ombuds for Africa, she was in charge of administrative affairs at ICRC’s Logistic Centre in Kenya
Deniz Ogretir works out of Amman, covering 21 delegations of the ICRC located in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Before becoming an ADR specialist, Ogretir had studied Mathematical Physics and Logic, and History and Philosophy of Science. In his last position, he was in charge of the mediation services of the Dutch National Police. Ogretir teaches mediation at the Chartered Institute for Arbitrators and will set up ICRC’s “Ombuds Relays” system, a network of part-time, in-house facilitators.
Reto Meister continues to be based in Geneva, from where he will cover the delegations in the Americas and Eurasia, including the headquarters in Switzerland with its 950 employees. He maintains strong working relationships with top management and Governance of the independent, and neutral humanitarian institution. He oversees the global ombuds program.
All three ombuds are members of the IOA and have undergone professional training with this association and other institutions.
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