Director / FES Geneva Office
As the director of the FES Geneva office, Hubert René Schillinger is responsible for all programs and activities related to this office. Since joining FES in 1980, he has held various positions at FES headquarters and abroad, including project leader in Senegal (1980-1983) and FES country director in Morocco (1984-1987), South Africa (1992-1996) and Namibia (2004-2009). From mid-2009 to mid-2014 he coordinated FES’ Dialogue on Globalization Programme at FES headquarters in Berlin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Konstanz (Germany) and graduated from the Center for Advanced Training in Rural Development (SLE) of the Technical University, Berlin.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Program Manager
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.
Assistant Program Manager
Jelena Jacobsen holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Hamburg (Germany), and studied also German Language, Literature and Law in Hamburg (Germany) and Criminology in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Before joining FES in January 2016, she worked for the electoral office of the Federal State of Hamburg and as a volunteer for the human rights NGO I.P.O.N. (Philippines).