Our Team

Hajo Lanz

Director / FES Geneva Office

As the director of the FES Geneva office, Hajo Lanz is responsible for all programs and activities related to this office. Since joining FES in 1993, he has held various positions at FES headquarters and abroad, including project leader in Kenya (1993-1996) and FES Representative in Uganda (1996-2000), Morocco (2005-2008) as well as Costa Rica, Panamá and Nicaragua (2013-2019).  From 2008 to 2013 he was Head of Department for Northern Africa, Near & Middle East at FES headquarters in Berlin. He studied Economics and Geography at the Free University of Berlin (Germany) and graduated from the Center for Advanced Training in Rural Development (SLE) of the Technical University, Berlin.

Yvonne Bartmann

Senior Program Officer / Trade and Development, Employment and Social Policy

Yvonne Bartmann holds a Master's Degree in Political Science, studied also economics and public law at the universities of Tübingen (Germany), Lille (France) and Potsdam (Germany). She completed several internships in the area of political education, journalism and women empowerment in Sub-Sahara Africa. Yvonne has worked for a Member of Parliament in Germany and at the World Health Organization.

Cyndi Araujo Frisch

Program Officer / Trade and Development, Employment and Social Policy (maternity cover)

Cyndi Araujo Frisch holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from the Graduate Institute. Before joining the FES, Cyndi has worked at CERN and at the International Labour Organization.

Ira Gibson

Program Officer / Human Rights and Development

Ira Gibson moved into the role as Program Officer at FES Geneva in March 2019, after joining the office in November 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne (Germany) and completed a postgraduate distance study in Sustainable Development Cooperation at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). She has a broad variety of experience gained working in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Claudia Manns

Finance and Administration Manager

Claudia Manns holds a Master's Degree in art history, history and media science from the Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany) and the University of Cagliari (Italy). She joined FES Geneva as Office Manager in July 2013 where she is responsible for all administrative, financial and IT matters. Before moving to Geneva she worked several years as Project Manager for Digital Design in Manchester.

Matthias Pesch

Assistant Program Officer

Matthias Pesch holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn (Germany). He gained experiences working for several civil society actors in the field of Development Policy and the United Nations in Germany before joining FES Geneva in February 2019.

Stefanie Olbertz

Assistant Program Officer

Prior to joining Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Geneva, Stefanie Olbertz managed projects and events on political education at FES Regional office Hamburg. Stefanie holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Science, History and Media from Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany). She has experience working in Public Relations and Project Management in Thailand.

Geneva Office

6 bis, Chemin du Point-du-Jour
1202 Geneva

+41 (0)22 733 34 50
+41 (0)22 733 35 45



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