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  • The jury members for the Best Negotiator of 2019 award

    The jury will be made up of men and women who try to make the world a better place, everyday, through negotiation. During this first edition of the World Negotiation Day, they will come together to elect the Negotiator of the Year 2019.

    Marwan Mery

    Corinne Momal-Vanian
    President of the Jury

    After completing her studies at HEC and Sciences Po Paris, Corinne Momal-Vanian spent the last 30 years working for the United Nations. Her prestigious international career (Syria, Madagascar, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Thailand, USA, Sweden) led her to hold several posts related to political affairs, before becoming the Director of the Information Service. Since 2015, she runs the Division of Conference management for the United Nations in Geneva.

    Claude Bruderlein

    Claude Bruderlein
    Director of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation

    Claude Bruderlein is a Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and lead researcher on ICRC negotiation practices. He has been engaged in international humanitarian action across the world since 1985. In October 2016, he was elected Director of the joint Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation.

    Dr. Fatima Akilu

    Dr. Fatima Akilu
    Executive Director of Neem Foundation

    Fatima Akilu is a Nigerian psychologist and a public speaker in the areas of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Counter-Terrorism. She is currently the Executive Director of Neem Foundation, and the former Director of Behavioural Analysis and Strategic Communication at the Office of the National Security Adviser in Nigeria.

    Marwan Mery

    Marwan Mery
    Co-founder and Director of ADN Group

    Applauded by the international press as being one of the best negotiators in the world, Marwan Mery works with businesses, government organisations and NGOs to resolve complex situations that include critical cases (kidnapping and ransom, extortion) as well as social conflicts, commercial negotiations, diplomatic issues or patient-physician relations. In 2013, he founded ADN Group with Laurent Combalbert.

    Rasha Jarhum

    Rasha Jarhum
    Founder and Director of the Peace Track Initiative

    Rasha Jarhum is the founder of the Peace Track Initiative, established to create a space for the contributions of women, youth and civil society organizations to peace processes. She has more than 15 years’ experience working to advocate women’s, children’s and refugees’ rights with many organisations including UNICEF, ESCWA, UNDP, and JICA, in Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa region.

    Laurent Combalbert

    Laurent Combalbert
    Co-founder and Director of ADN Group

    Laurent Combalbert holds a diploma from the FBI National Academy and the French Police College. As a hostage negotiate, he managed hundreds of critical cases. In 2013, he founded ADN Group with his partner, Marwan Mery, a private company helping business, NGOs and governments deal with complex situations, including critical cases, sales negotiations, social conflicts and diplomatic issues.

    Apply for the 2019 best negotiator award

    The negotiator who meets minimum three of the above criteria will be eligible for the negotiator of the year award. The award ceremony will take place on September 25th, 2019, during the closing ceremony of the World Negotiation Day at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

    The requirements for receiving the award are the following:

    Apply