Elisabeth Decrey Wamer

Elisabeth Decrey Warner is the Executive President and co-founder of Geneva Call. For over 25 years, she has worked with NGOs on issues relating to refugees, torture, disarmament and humanitarian norms. In 1998 she started Geneva Call as an independent, humanitarian NGO. The purpose of Geneva Call is to engage armed non-state actors to respect and to adhere to humanitarian norms, and to provide them the possibility to sign Deeds of Commitment. To date, 54 armed groups in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have signed one or several Deeds of Commitment and overall respect their obligations.

Her work was recognized in 2005 when she was nominated for Switzerland as one of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ms Decrey Warner was a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for 12 years and was elected its President in 2000. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as well as of the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).

She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva.

Elisabeth Decrey Warner is married, is the mother of 6 children and has ten grand-children.