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Our StaffMeet the members of Docip and of its governing bodies

Our Staff

Meet the members of Docip and of its governing bodies

To be a Docip volunteer involves putting one’s skills at the service of indigenous delegates during their participation in the UN arena.

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Docip Staff

The Docip Team is made up of dynamic individuals with diverse origins and professional backgrounds, who have, over the last several years, become professionally and personally experienced not only in the promotion and defence of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, but also in the areas of project management, financial management, etc.


Position: Director
Studies: Management Sciences, Finance 
Experience: more than 10 years of experience in the humanitarian and development fields in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in positions responsible for a particular geographical area or as country representative for various NGOs 
Languages: French, English, intermediate level in Spanish and in Haitian Creole, basic level in Russian 
Contact: remi.orsier(at) 


Position: In charge of IT.
Languages: French and basic English
Contact: alain.ndi(at)


Position: Representative at the EU
Studies: Lawyer specialized in human rights. Advanced Master in human rights and specifically in Indigenous Peoples' rights.
Experience: Publication of thesis on Indigenous Peoples' right to education in Latin America. Expert of the European Commission in indigenous consultations during the UNPFII in 2015.
Languages: French, English, Spanish and Italian
Contact: amalia.rodriguez(at)


Position: Capacity-Building projects coordinator 
Studies: M.A in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA), M.A of Economics and Sociology, B.A of Law 
Experiences: more than 5 years of experience in international relations, with field experiences in human rights in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and the Pacific; occupying various positions.
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, basic German and basic Italian
Contact: claire.moretto(at)


Position: In charge of the Oral History project
Studies: Master in Political Science, Certificate in Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development (ongoing)
Experience: Volunteer during Docip's technical secretariat at a session of the Human Rights Council in 2007.
Languages: French, Italian, English, intermediate German and basic Spanish
Contact: fabrice.perrin(at)


Position: Documentation and Summary Note Coordinator 
Studies: M.A. in Languages and Civilisations of South Asia, B.A. in History & Sciences of Religions and in Languages and Civilisations of South Asia.
Experience: 3 months internship with Docip, academic research on land rights in Africa and Indigenous issues in South Asia. Member of Docip since December 2017.  
Languages: French, English, Italian, Intermediate Hindi and Ourdou, basic Spanish
Contact: priscilla.saillen(at)


Position: Technical secretariat coordinator 
Studies: Anthropology, Eastern Religions and Civilizations 
Experience: Academic internship in Social Anthropology, 6-month internship at Docip, academic research on Indigenous representation 
Languages:French, English, Italian, intermediate level in Spanish 
Contact: johanna.massa(at)


Position: Representative at the EU
Studies: Lawyer specialized in human rights
Experience: Adviser of a member of the European Parliament responsible for human rights issues (notably Indigenous Peoples) from 2010 to 2012. Expert of the European Commission in indigenous consultations during the UNPFII in 2015.
Languages: French and English
Contact: mathias.wuidar(at)


Position: Administrative and Accounting Officer
Studies: Education Sciences, ASFORI (Association Romande pour la Formation des Responsables d’Institutions d’utilité publique)
Experience: 5 years of experience as a volunteer and training manager in the field of development in Cameroon. 12 years of experience as manager of reception centers for asylum seekers in Geneva. 15 years of experience at Docip including 4 years as coordinator of technical secretariats and 12 years as head of accounting and administration. 3 years of experience in an accounting firm. President, then member of the bureau and committee of the Albanian University of Geneva.
Languages: French, English, Spanish (understanding)
Contact: michel.riat(at)


Position: In charge of information broadcasting and the agenda. In charge of online services.
Studies: Anthropoloy, Information and Communication Technologies
Experience: Working with Docip and Indigenous Peoples at the UN. Information and communication projects with Yanomami and Tupinambá in Brazil.
Languages: German, French, English, Portuguese
Contact: pascal.angst(at)


Position : Apprenticeship in service and administration
Studies: Employee training in Business (École de commerce André-Chavanne)
Languages : French, English, Spanish (interrmediate level)  
Contact: clelia.berthier(at)

Members of the Docip Committee

The Docip Committee is an advisory, decision-making and operational body that is responsible for human resources, along with financial and organizational issues. Its members have many years of professional and personal on-the-ground experiences related to Indigenous Peoples and indigenous themes, as well as in the area of organizational and financial management in various workplaces.

Irène Hirt : Docip Committee Member

Pierrette Birraux : Docip Committee Member; scientific director from 1990 to 2013

Sabine Kradolfer : Docip Committee Member

Geneviève Piron : Docip Commitee Member  

Joël Perroud : Docip Committee Member

Benoît Lécorché: Docip Commitee Member

Members of the Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is the highest decision-making body of Docip, and it is responsible for issues related to financial resources and legal matters. Board members have a keen interest in indigenous issues and, during the course of their professional careers, have acquired various competencies that facilitate Docip's good management.

René Longet : Chairman of the Foundation Board

Aline Helg : Vice President of the Foundation Board

Claude Auroi : Member of the Foundation Board

Jean Martin : Member of the Foundation Board

Pierre Cariage : Member of the Foundation Board

Alain Stehlé : Member of the Foundation Board

Pierrette Birraux : Member of the Foundation Board; scientific director from 1990 to 2013

Sabine Kradolfer : Member of the Foundation Board

Anne Seydoux-Christe : Member of the Foundation Board

Claude Béglé : Member of the Foundation Board

Irène Hirt : Member of the Foundation Board